Month: June 2019

Having a Plan B for Funding Can Save Your Business (and Your Sanity)

Years ago as a startup founder, I found myself in a difficult situation. For the fourth time in six months, my educational startup Zulama  was struggling to make payroll. Each time we had been saved when a hard-won, last-minute […]

How Elise built a thriving business as a Digital Nomad

A journey from selling beard oils to helping clients make money on Amazon — all on road People are racking up unbelievable profits selling on Amazon. Elise did just that and then started helping others to do it […]

How Technology Is Being Used To Reduce Racial Disparities In Healthcare

The inequalities in the healthcare industry are widely documented, with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reporting earlier this year, for example, that there are massive racial disparities in pregnancy-related deaths. There is a lack of diversity in the medical […]

7 Societal Changes That Invite New Venture Innovation

If every entrepreneur could predict the future, starting the right new business would be easy. Since my experience and interests have been primarily with technology, I’ve been watching those trends for a long time, and […]

Why Misunderstanding Startup Metrics Can Cost You Your Business

There has been a lot of public debate over the past several weeks about whether it’s a good thing to be “gross margin positive” or not and commentary always reminds me that some people at […]

Next Industry Ripe Change

“Disruption” is a word that gets overused. But let’s not lose sight of the fact that shaking up entrenched, complacent industries can do a world of good. Mobile banking in Africa has bypassed traditional banks […]

Practicing Sales Is A 2-Part Process: Storytelling And Role-playing

“If I had eight hours to cut down a tree, I would spend six hours sharpening my ax.”   Sage advice from Abe Lincoln. But if you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you’re […]

Great Sales Habits Start with the Psychological Principle You Probably Forgot

Are you familiar with the famed Psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus?  If you said no, you’re not alone. But you experience Ebbinghaus’ pivotal discovery every day without even realizing it. I’m talking, of course, about the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve.  […]

WHY I’M SO EXCITED ABOUT ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

I traveled over to Singapore in the first part of 2019 for the opening of VaynerMedia’s Southeast Asia office.  I’ve been there several times before and really enjoyed my time there  It’s very obvious to me that […]

Social Entrepreneurship: How to Harness Business to Make the World a Better Place

Some people start businesses to improve the quality of their life, others seek to work for themselves, and some simply see an opportunity in the market that they can’t resist. But sometimes the thing that tickles […]