It’s a gift... and a curse… I bet you have it too. You can’t get your mind off of it, can’t shut it down. You wouldn’t be an entrepreneur if you didn’t have it… What is it? The Entrepreneurial Muscle. It’s that thing that makes you analyze businesses wherever you see them, that makes you criticize marketing material every day. You do cost-vs-revenue math in the supermarket aisle… count seats in the airplane and multiply by ticket cost… try to
When I was 26 years old, my company Spheric was growing steadily. We were doing about $2.5 million in annual recurring revenue (ARR), with about 16 employees. But… I felt suffocated. I was struggling to cope with the daily challenges that came with business, so I reached out to a mentor for help. The first thing he did? He asked about my routines.
I’ve never been one to watch wrestling. Rarely ever step in the ring for a boxing match. But despite not being much of a sports guy... I sure know how it feels to get slammed to the ground by life, kept in it’s chokehold, and kicked in the gut while I’m there. Failure after failure, problem after problem, it was mentors and business coaches that helped me through everything that went wrong.
Have you ever met someone that got good at something REALLY fast? I mean… learned a new language in a matter of weeks, started a new business that takes off in months or achieved a result in a tenth of the usual time? These superhumans exist. I’ve met them. And I’ll tell you something:
Breathe in. Breathe out. Squeeze the trigger... ‘BAM’ -- ‘ting’. There are similarities in business and in firing a sniper rifle. Hear me out.
Growing up, I had to fight off a lot of negativity. I made some big mistakes as a kid and the consequences haunted me for a long time. So when I tried to get ambitious or even toy with the idea of making a future, it always felt like someone was lurking around the corner, ready to tell me that I’d fail. Deflating me like a flat basketball. Thud.
Health is wealth. It’s a mantra I repeat to myself a dozen times a day anytime my brain wants to slack off on training, or reach for those nachos. It’s also a belief I share with many of my entrepreneurial friends, like David Hauser. I first met David (co-founder GrassHopper.com / Chargify.com and many others) 10 years ago when I cold emailed him for an interview on my blog (recorded with a Flipcam :). Since then we’ve spent a lot
How do you get invited to spend a week at Richard Branson’s house in Switzerland? Or for guys like Mark Cuban and Travis Kalanick (founder of Uber) to happily invest in your company? Or to get invited to travel to 8 European cities on a private jet? These all happened to me... and I believe it’s a natural result of one thing I did right: Investing In Relationships. I began figuring this out in my mid-twenties and WOW did it
One small step for a startup founder... one giant leap for his business… As a SaaS entrepreneur you deal with tons of doubts, fears and worries. And sometimes you feel like YOU are just not capable of doing it all. How do you overcome the struggle? Well… you become the Alter Ego who can take on these challenges. And how does that work exactly? Basically, it all boils down to a little game we all played as kids. So... as
I’ve spoken a lot about my 3 most recent SaaS exits (Clarity.fm, Flowtown, Spheric)... But rarely do I talk about how EASILY I could’ve given up on each. I mean… … Spheric got sued 15 months in. … Flowtown got shut down by Facebook and had to be rebuilt from near-scratch. … Clarity.fm launched to crickets (despite renting out a 300-seat theatre). As you’d imagine, each had me swallowing a confidence-killing cocktail of fear and frustration. Few would’ve blamed