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Lessons Learned From a Difficult Succession

July 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

Because their father never made a succession plan, two sisters say they are now consumed with creating one: “We want to do everything our father didn’t.”

Mark Cuban Thinks I’m a Moron

July 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

He said that anyone who starts a company with borrowed money is a “moron.” What do you think?

This Week in Small Business: Half-Time Report

July 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

Is Yelp a bully? Or just misunderstood? Plus other highlights from the year’s first half.

 

How My Restaurant Adventure Came to an End

June 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

You know the fantasies. No foodie has ever enjoyed a few good meals, home or away, without wondering; what would I call my place, what music would I play, what food to serve, how many stars would I get?

This Week in Small Business: Firing the Founder

June 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

Google spawns start-ups in Kansas City — and also reinvents human resources. Why using social media well is harder than you think. Ten ideas for marketing and advertising. And do you think it’s harder to run a business today than it was five years ago?

How Crowdfunding Worked for One Timely Start-Up

June 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

Kara Gorski and Kristin Gembala turned to a crowdfunding platform to raise $10,000 to begin manufacturing a small run of their product — “reconstructed bras for reconstructed girls.”

Why I Am Not Going to Renew the Sales Consultant

June 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

In the last post of a series, an owner decides it’s time to work on other issues at his company.

The Dangers and Benefits of Taking a Partner

June 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

The partners at Prysm, a California company that makes large, flat-screen video displays, emphasize that it’s important to have a great business relationship, but they don’t expect to be best friends.

The Brutal Truth: My Score as a Sales Manager

June 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

In part four of a series, an owner explains what he was doing wrong as a sales manager (everything) — and what the sales consultant suggested he do about it.

An Entrepreneur Retreats Into a Swedish Forest

June 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

Is this what it takes to start a company?

Is $75 Million in Venture Capital an Advantage?

June 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

Or is it better to be self-financed? Which of two data companies, financed differently, do you think is better positioned?

Meet the Sales Consultant

June 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

In part three of a series, an owner writes that he had been closing deals for 24 years and thought he had a pretty good handle on how it should be done.

Nine Lessons We Learned From Andy Taylor

June 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

It’s not about the perks.