23 Factors That Affect the Failure Probability of a Startup

23 Factors That Affect the Failure Probability of a Startup

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Business Advice | No Comments

Everything is against you as a startup. The time it takes to bring your product to market. When you start marketing. How lean your product is. How talented your staff is. How prepared you are to build. How financially stable you are. What distractions you have in your personal life. Your stress level. The amount of…

How to Distinguish the Product CEO

How to Distinguish the Product CEO

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Business Advice | No Comments

In a startup, I would be what you consider a COO. I don’t know how to make ANYTHING, except skin toner. Don’t ask me how I know how to make it. It’s a weird thing to know how to make. I don’t even know why I know how to make it. Since I don’t know…

What I Did When I Realized That My Work Was Pointless

What I Did When I Realized That My Work Was Pointless

I have worked hard at every venture I put my mind to. In the past, I’ve tried to build up multiple start ups from the ground. I tried to swerve my way to financial success. I wanted to have it all.  Money. Power. Respect.  In my journey, I’ve had anything that could go wrong… Go wrong on…

The Best Way to Get an Unvested Co-Founder to Resign

The Best Way to Get an Unvested Co-Founder to Resign

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in Business Advice | No Comments

On Quora, I was asked what the best way to get a co-founder who is uninterested and not pulling his weight to resign. The other co-founders are trying to structure an agreement where all parties are happy and are willing to give the guy some equity, even though they have very little in their bank…

How I Initiated a Casual Chat with an Angel Investor

How I Initiated a Casual Chat with an Angel Investor

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Business Advice, Life Advice | 3 Comments

Back at the beginning of January, an Angel had informed me that he wanted to meet.  We decided to get dinner and spoke for four hours, about life, Quora, and many other things. I think I was the more curious one, because I kept asking him what he did with all his free time.  I…

The Ultimate Guide To Increasing Sales

The Ultimate Guide To Increasing Sales

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Business Advice, Featured Articles | 10 Comments

The Blueprint for increasing sales, from first hand experience in a high ticket item market. What is the best way to sell fifteen cars a month? How to sell 15 cars a month? Back in 2006, I used to sell 23 a month.  I can help.  Maybe.  Who knows. What I would suggest? Know your client.  Their…

Overcoming Failure; One Ice Cream at a Time.

Overcoming Failure; One Ice Cream at a Time.

There was once a time, a little over two years ago…  When I had gone to Santa Monica, California, for a launch party that the tech start-up, Zaarly, was holding.  A few colleagues and myself decided to have a discussion.  Everyone was going around the table defining what they though to be the answer to this…

5 Steps to Creating a Realistic Way to Become Rich

5 Steps to Creating a Realistic Way to Become Rich

What are realistic ways for one to become rich? The question really isn’t how to get rich, but more along the lines of why you want to get rich. Toyota had implemented a philosophy that they use based around five questions that are designed to troubleshoot and resolve most of the problems they have in…