Dan Martell - The Founders Mindset

The Founders Operating System: How To Hack Your Mindset

By | Leadership, Startups, Strategy | 23 Comments

A few weeks ago I invited an entrepreneur over to my house to talk about his fundraising process.

He was trying to raise a ~6M dollar series A financing.

Before he kicked it off I shared with him my Fundraising Like a Pro framework so that he would understand the steps required to make the process as painless as possible… but it wasn’t working.

After a few minutes of talking I figured it out…
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Dan Martell - 3 Responsibilities of a Startup CEO

3 Responsibilities of a Startup CEO

By | Leadership, Startups, Strategy | 23 Comments

When I started my first company (MaritimeVacation.ca) at 17 I had no clue what I was suppose to be doing.

I didn’t know if I should be coding or selling?

As the “CEO” what should I be focusing my time on?

In lieu of knowing the answer, I just built stuff.

It’s definitely the reason that company (and the next one) failed.

It wasn’t until 10 years later after reading 100’s of business books and getting great advice from mentors and advisors that I crystallized what my role was.

I learned it came down to 3 key responsibilities.
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How To Build a Startup Community

By | Community, Leadership, Startups | 10 Comments

If you’re feeling lonely in your city (don’t know any other entrepreneurs)… or that it lacks a real sense of community, here’s 3 strategies that will help you create a startup community super quick.

A few years ago when I moved from San Francisco, back to a small town in Canada (to raise my kids)…

I realized I knew more entrepreneurs in every other city in the world than I did in the city I was living in.
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Role-Playing Secrets You Wish You Knew One Year Ago

By | Leadership, Speaking, Startups | No Comments

Role-playing  is such a funny idea when you think of it in the context of business – who would of thought “acting out” a situation would make sense in your startup?

Quick story…

I was talking to a friend about an important meeting he has coming up and suggested to him that he role play with a co-worker; practice what he’s going to say, what he hopes the outcome will be and envision the actual path of the conversation.
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Using The Power of Breaking Bread To Build New Business Relationships

By | Events, Leadership, Startups, Strategy | 8 Comments

About 10 years ago I started organizing Founder Dinners after reading a book called, Never Eat Alone written by an amazing individual, Keith Ferrazzi.

This book set my life on a different path.

Since then, I’ve organized over 300 meals, bringing together close to 1000 entrepreneurs and CEO’s, both at home and everywhere that I’ve traveled.

The power of bringing people together to break bread and have great conversation…
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How To Stimulate a Growth Economy

By | Community, Leadership, Startups, Strategy | 24 Comments

Over the last 25 years, almost all of the private sector jobs have been created by businesses less than 5 years old.

It’s because of this fact, that I believe most economic development strategies are broken. They focus on convincing bigger, established companies from outside of the region to open up new, remote offices, and focus less on fostering new growth opportunities by startups, building disruptive technologies.

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A Salute To The Entrepreneur

By | Leadership, Startups | 27 Comments

Today I want to honour the entrepreneurs in our world. I know I’m super biased, but let’s put that aside for a second.

Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, gets better without someone standing up and deciding to make it better. I believe most people go through their day and take for granted that someone, at some point in time, decided that there needed to be a better way.

And that’s why today, I want to salute the entrepreneurs… and here’s why:

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