Productivity

The Top 5 Problems with Distributed Teams and How to Solve Them

By | Community, Productivity, Startups | 3 Comments

Wow.

Every once in a while I re-watch one of my videos and just laugh…

This time around, I can’t believe how many times I said “distributed team”??!

You could easily play a drinking game on it and end up loaded within 10 minutes.

Not recommended btw.

For real. Don’t do it.

Instead, I wanted to take a few mins to show you how I’ve been able to manage large teams virtually, and the process I use to do this. Read More

The 5 Steps I Used To Teach Myself To Code And Sell Something At 17 Years Old

By | Education, Personal, Productivity | 17 Comments

The first thing I ever built that I charged for was an MP3 burning app.

I had just learned Visual Basic in one of my elective programming classes in highschool, and I wanted to see what I could create.

The problem I wanted to solve was simple…

As one of the few people at the time with a CD burner, I would always have my friends come over to my house and spend hours going through all of the MP3’s I had downloaded from Napster to create the ultimate playlist for themselves or their girlfriend…

(K-Ci and JoJo was always a crowd pleaser)

So after a few weeks of this, I built a simple app that anyone could install at their house. Read More

High Tempo Testing: How To Manage Your Startup’s Growth Team

By | Growth Engine, Productivity, Startups | No Comments

Facebook looks at daily active users.

Airbnb.com uses bookings.

At Clarity – my previous company – we obsessed over completed calls.

These are called North Star Metrics.

It’s a clear metric that your growth team focuses on to move the needle.

The key is that it captures the value created for your customers, and allows everyone on the team – and really the company – to drive this forward.

But how do you come up with the right ideas to move this number?

How do you prioritize the right metric to get your growth engine revving? Read More

Tools For Entrepreneurs: Managing Software Development

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In 2001, I got a job I wasn’t qualified for.

I was hired by a big oil company to lead a new project with dozens of developers to build a product that would be used by every employee in the company.

No pressure, right?

On the first day, the hiring manager realized I was in way over my head and pulled me aside to tell me I had 2 weeks to “figure things out”.

Umm… ok?

I had no clue what that meant… but the stakes were clear, and I couldn’t lose this project.

I hadn’t worked in 2 months and if I failed, it meant moving back in with my parents. Read More

How To Create a Business Playbook™ (aka SOP’s: Standard Operating Procedures) for Your Startup

By | Productivity, Startups, Strategy | 7 Comments

Are you down with SOP’s?

Some call em’ Standard Operating Procedures, I call them Playbooks.

If you’re tired of putting out fires in your business, then you’ll need them to keep your sanity.

Recently I had the privilege of having dinner w/ the Godfather of system design for entrepreneurs, Michael Gerber (author of The E-Myth / 10M copies sold).

I shared my story of how his book transformed everything for me.

At 23 I was set on starting another company for the 3rd time (the first two failed), but I was deadset on doing it differently.

Listen to the full story on my Facebook page (10m21s).

Gerber’s book, taught me a new way to think about business. Read More

Distribution Days: How To Theme Your Work Days

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My hope for this week’s video is to help you avoid burnout.

A few weeks ago I was coaching a client, a modern day martyr who voluntarily went through a 5 year grind of 100+ hour works and missed out on watching his kids grow up.

He was first to leave in the morning and came home after they were in bed.

All in the name of “doing it all for his family.”

That’s such a tonne of crap.

Your family doesn’t want all the “riches”.  

They want you.

A present parent. Not an inconvenienced entrepreneur.

No one told you you had to grow your business by 3X over the next 12 months…

… that’s a self inflicted wound.

The good news is I was able to show him a different way.

A more productive way.

One where you can still be driven, grow and build a great business… Read More

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