5 Advanced Tips To Make The Most Out Of Working With an Agency or Contractor

I’ve seen it too many times... Agencies that screw a business like yours out of your hard-earned cash. You hire an agency wanting quick results but end up with a hole in your bank account and a laughable ROI to show for it. Whenever I see this, I don’t blame the agency.  I blame the business that hired them. Harsh? Yes.  But it’s true. Agencies can get you GREAT results (and I’ve worked with many over the years)... ...but ONLY

5 Ways To Reframe Your Thinking To Approach Business Like Elon Musk

Alright... Time to let the cat out of the bag: I’m a huge Elon Musk fan. Not because he’s in the limelight most weeks, but because of how he thinks about business. Elon thinks laterally.  He comes at business problems from obscure angles and I think that’s the secret behind his genius. If you could apply even one-tenth of his innovation to your business, you’ll leave your competition in the dust and future-proof your growth.

The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Ramp-up Time for New Sales Reps

At 17 years old, I learned to code. It was the skill that helped me out of a pretty dark place, and I actually got pretty good at it.  But after 10 years of writing code for my own companies, I had to confront a difficult truth:  I was the bottleneck in my own company. I realised that writing code wasn’t enough. I had to be a leader. I had to learn how to hire, train, retain and manage different

[Escape Velocity] – Episode 24 – Ben Jabbawy at Privy

If everything in your business fell apart, and you had to rebuild from scratch… what would you do differently? This is usually a hypothetical question. But not necessarily nowadays… and definitely not for Ben Jabbawy a few years back. Ben is the founder and CEO of Privy, marketing automation software for e-commerce stores. In 2013, they raised a seed round $2 MIL from investors. 2 years later, in 2015… all they had left was $1000 in the bank. They had

How Do You Talk to Potential Buyers? 5 Rules For The Fine Art of Friendly Acquisition

Bzzzt. Bzzzt. “Hello?” “Hi Dan, I’m calling from Google. We’re interested in potentially buying your company…” Ok, it didn’t go quite like that, but it’s true - my first call with a potential acquirer was with Google. I was super excited! I mean… Google?! They’ve got money to burn, and I was ready to take it! ...then I proceeded to make some big mistakes. 

[Escape Velocity] – Episode 20 – Claire Lew at Know Your Team

Reality Check: Success isn’t about driving Ferraris and sipping champagne from a private jet... It’s about how you handle problems. No matter how many customers you get, how much profit you make… you will always have problems. Money might buy you a bigger team and more talented employees, but then you’ve got the problem of actually knowing your team!  How do you keep your finger on the pulse in your own company? 

Onboarding Success Template: How to WOW Your New Hires Rather Than Scare Them Away

Today, I’m going to show you how to get 3x-5x as much value out of a brand new employee. Think about it… If every time you hired someone in your business, you got more value from them, how much of a difference would that make to your: Productivity? Budget? Business growth? You already know I work closely with SaaS founders both big ($100 Million+ ARR) and small ($10k monthly), and I can tell you this: