Are we on the right path?
Your business has to be a platform. It has to be a place once people move into it, they're hesitant to leave and tell their friends about. But most importantly, the Revenue Per Mil...
Work like a dog, dress like an idiot
The true rock 'n roll and heart and soul of business is captured in The Selby movie featuring Mitch Alfus, The Leather King. Since the very start of Rockstart Mitch has been a huge...
Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more wisely.
Be prepared for what you don’t see coming.
You can manage luck. Prepare intensively, commit all the resources you can, and be maniacal about execution when the good-luck moments arrive.
Morten Hansen and Jim Collins recent...
The world is but a canvas to the imagination.
Henry David Thoreau
Rewards Should be Unexpected and Given After the Fact
Motivate Creative Behavior
Rewards can be used to encourage creative and nonroutine behaviors in your employees, but they should not be offered before the work is done.
When you’re a rut, announce change
"If you're stuck, you're not alone." Becoming unstuck, whether it's breaking out of a malaise or a routine, requires taking a step. A small step. The smallest step possible.
The heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight. But they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
Thomas S. Monson
Good Profits Are What You Earn when You Create Value for Your Customers, Bad Profits Are Created by Extracting Value from Your Customers
Not All Profits Are Created Equal
Don’t get seduced by smart pricing tactics such as pushing inappropriate products, locking customers into contracts, and collecting hidden surch...
Inspire, share, connect
Yesterday I watched the "Press Pause Play" documentary in a very intimate setting at TrouwAmsterdam. Trouw is a creative, cultural space (club/restaurant/more) with a good cultural...
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.
Get up, stand up
We wanted to have stand-up meetings. So, yesterday we dragged this monstrous table into our office. It needed 4 guys to carry the beast and our contractor to take out the door so ...
Entrepreneurial thoughts in podcasts
It's always good to have an inspirational place to go to, whether you're over-thinking concepts, worrying about investors or just being uninspired. We recently stumbled upon a litt...
We have a strategic plan. It’s called doing things.
Last week I watched Inside Job. It extracts the selfishness of the perpetrators of the crisis. Though offering just one perspective on the crisis, it's informative and truly moving...
Nothing Will Hone Your Skills Faster than Daily Practice
Make Art Every Day
Whether your art is writing, selling, or building your business, the simple act of producing more work every day will eventually pay off.
Nothing Will Hone Your ...
Unplan your business
We believe in a flexible business strategy. Since we've started Rockstart, we've started Rockstart Accelerator 2 years sooner than planned (2012 instead of 2014), we've changed the...
As long as you can start, you are all right. The juice will come.
Workarounds Often Point to New Product or Service Ideas
Pay Attention to Workarounds
The ad hoc solutions that people develop to solve problems are a great source of inspiration for new innovations.
Workarounds Often Point to New Produc...
Busy is silly
Be unproductive on purpose. Only check e-mail 2x a day. Turn your phone and computer off when you aren't working. These are three lessons Courtney Carver is teaching us busy souls ...
Use Your Small Size to Your Advantage
Don’t Hide Your Size
Your customers will not be fooled if you pretend to be larger than you actually are. You will just seem inauthentic.
Use Your Small Size to Your Advantage
It doesn’t always have to be perfect. It just has to be.