When life hands you lemons, the saying goes, you make lemonade. Unless you’re 10-year-old Jack Bonneau – then you build a business.
As an investor, I’m always looking for the next great American company. Today, it is just as likely to be someone born in Beijing or Jaipur as it is to be someone from Boston or Boulder.
Start early, stay late and be prepared to lose most of your friends, your mind and at least one marriage. Be prepared to live a half rags and half riches lifestyle, while your restaurant has a line around the block.
There's a business market where two philosophies clash: the old school thinking of the financial planning industry and the dynamic thinking of entrepreneurs. Marrying the two philosophies isn't easy, but it is necessary.
The early days of running a startup can be a frenzied time. But it’s during the early days that you, as an entrepreneur, are able to put in place the processes that will keep the business moving and growing in the years to come.
Okay, so you're building the business of your dreams. But do you have any reference point for how your business actually affects you personally? If you don't, you just might be building a trap for yourself.
If Eric Wu weren’t the co-founder of Bracket Labs, tasked with sales and customer success, he’d like to be running a surfing school in Hawaii. Right now, he’s busy building high-quality collaboration and productivity apps for the Salesforce AppExchange.
Austin Johnson eschewed the clichés of dreaming big, hitting a home run and swinging for the fences, opting instead for a baseball metaphor of his own: "Hit a single, and move out of my parents' basement."
The word “visionary” gets bandied about, but there’s no doubt it applies to the father-son entrepreneurial team of Mickey and Kyle Zeppelin, who can see potential where others see only rust and rebar.
Kayvan Khalatbari has his fingers in multiple pies, starting with pizza – as in his Sexy Pizza chain, with three Denver locations. It was the first venture in which the Nebraska native wedded his entrepreneurial endeavors with his fervent activism.
Eighteen flavors and $100 million in sales later, it’s fair to say that Noosa Finest Yoghurt is still the love of Koel Thomae’s life, and more people are falling for it every day.
Here's the historical perspective on why no one wants to be an executive and why 65 percent want to own their own business. We are going back where we came from ― business ownership.