Tag Archives: entrepreneurship

Creating A Work Environment Without Broken Windows

Precision and attention to detail were never my strengths. I’m more of a big ideas guy and appreciate having others around who can get to a deeper level of detail. However, after having been involved in multiple startups, I can definitely say that it is difficult to succeed without creating a conducive environment for precision. […]

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Korean Mobile Game Industry Exemplifes Opportunities

I’m in Seoul for a couple of days basically as a long layover on my way back to Seattle from visiting our office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. One of the best benefits of traveling internationally is the opportunity to observe patterns away from my usual routine in the US.  It allows me to […]

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Correcting Organizational Slices and Hooks in Real Time

On a golf course, many golfers aim far left of their target because they know they have a slice swing. Others aim way right knowing they have a hook swing. Either way the goal is to hit the “middle” of the fairway. Of course, that’s easier said than done. In a somewhat similar manner, start-up […]

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Optimism, Mother of Entrepreneurship

If necessity is the mother of all inventions, optimism may be the mother of all new business ventures. Everyone starts a new company because they believe that they can be successful. No one I know started his or her own venture with the belief that they will fail. Therefore, by nature, entrepreneurs need to be eternal optimists, otherwise, they will give up way too […]

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The Entrepreneur Ride: Can Get On, But Not Always Off

Here’s a great analogy to being an entrepreneur of a high growth start-up company: “It’s like getting to ride the coolest, baddest roller coaster. It’s exciting just thinking about getting on board. Then, that first ride is so exhilarating that you want to do it again, and again. But when you’ve had enough and are […]

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Take the Time to Think Big

An entrepreneur can be the visionary, janitor, salesman and office manager all at the same time. The hands-on requirements of a startup appeal to most entrepreneurs. However, all successful people need to have that “strategic time” — the quadrant two (not urgent, but important) in Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen Covey). This quadrant […]

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Six Tips on Finding Help Writing Your Business Plan

Young entrepreneurs are passionate about their technology and/or concept. They are evangelical and tireless. What they often lack, however, is the discipline and the experience to model their business appropriately and create a credible business plan. Some venture capitalists may feel this is something that they can do to help bright new ideas. However, many […]

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Serving Shareholders with Appreciation

I hosted a Lift9 shareholders meeting last night at my place. Having helped raise money for three companies now, I was selective about the company’s initial investors. The group last night was fantastic and very supportive about what we’re doing at Lift9. I wanted to host the meeting at my personal residence and put in […]

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Understanding the Stair Step Pattern Of Company Growth

Company building is a unique experience. An entrepreneur can experience a huge gyrations of emotions in any given day: ‘Wow, we’re going to do this!’  ‘Oh, we’re going to crash and burn’.  ‘My employees hate me’.  ‘My customers love me’… With experience, however, you come to expect these twists and turns. In fact, you kind […]

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Ben Huh Providing 5 Minutes of Happiness Each Day

Ben Huh, CEO and Co-Founder of Cheezburger Network, wants to provide people with five minutes of happiness each day with his empire of hilarious niche websites. His favorite is his first, icanhascheezburger, which provides audience-submitted photos of cats with witty captions. Ben presented at the KAC (Korean-American Coalition) Networking Social last night, sharing the history […]

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