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.
Ah! We're so happy that Coldplay launched a great new album. Chris & co echo through Rockstart HQ!
3 startup essentials: water, bartering, laughter.
Rockstart runs on water. And on coffee, tea and lunch. We've got a small office, some desks, our own computers and an Internet connection. We help out people by talking to them and...
Those Who Repeatedly Violate the Values of the Organization Must be Publicly Terminated — Regardless of Their Position
Do the Work of the Sheriff
Most organizations claim to value teamwork, yet their cultures often have more in common with the wild west than with a unified team. If you want a group...
Ideas are nothing. Execution is everything.
Work hard, play harder.
Mentoring is about Math
We believe that great mentoring is a give-and-take game. Mentors can value their experience and utilize their network and mentees, in turn, are grateful people eager to reciprocate...
Customers Prefer Buying from Specialists
Beware the One-Stop Shop
Many businesses are formed with the intention of combining several existing components into a single solution.
It sounds like a good idea for customers. B...
Rockstart Cast #3 – Buenos Aires
Startup founders and fans who stumble upon great stuff. That’s what the Rockstart Cast is about. In our third issue, it’s Buenos Aires-based entrepreneur and seed investor Vane...
Build great products
Flip your priorities away and get back to making great products. Make sure that everything - the business, the people - are subservient to your mission: building great products.
Changing the world, one startup at the time
Every startup founder wants to change the world, no matter what product they've created. Here are 4 startups with a really hands-on approach to changing the world and helping the e...
No matter what industry you are in; you should be in the relationship-building and experience-selling industry.
Make Your Customers Smarter and They Will Keep Coming Back
The Company with the Smartest Customers Wins
Consumers are faced with an ever-increasing number of features and options to choose from. Too much choice leaves customers feeling ove...
“Pitch Less. Build more.”
"Minimize everything that doesn’t have a direct effect on your product. Make beautiful things. Pitch less, build more." How's that for a startup quote? It's the firm belief of R...
Fix customers for life
I want to buy from companies that go the extra mile for its customers. I want to work at a company that goes the extra mile for its customers. Because that's the way business shoul...