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Entries Tagged as 'Start-up Success'

ZAGG invisible Shield: right time, right product, and right market

December 1st, 2009 · 2 Comments

I went to Best Buy the other day to look for a screen shield for our GPS Receiver. The Best Buy sales person showed me the ZAGG invisible Shield specifically made for the particular GPA model I owned. I also learned that ZAGG makes two kinds of screen shields: the soft ones, and the hard […]

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Would you take a year off to start a business in a developing country?

November 16th, 2009 · 4 Comments

I had an interesting conversation with a friend this weekend. John has been working at a technology company for eight years. He absolutely hates his job now. In fact, he wanted to leave immediately. But, because of stock vesting schedule, he has to wait for a few months. This company’s stock has been performing well. […]

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Demand generation lessons learned from Amazon Fresh

October 12th, 2009 · No Comments

In an earlier post, I talked about how much I enjoyed the high-quality service and convenience of Amazon Fresh,’s grocery delivery service. Today, I want to share with you a few demand generation lessons I learned from Amazon Fresh. To generate more sales, a retailer has a few options: have existing customer buy more […]

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Tags: Innovation · Start-up Success

Don’t get screwed! Stock option questions you should ask before you join a start-up

September 29th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Lately I keep hearing stories about how employees got screwed because start-up management were very secretive about the companies stock options. In this economy, a lot of start-up are struggling. VC firms have the upper hand in negotiation. In a lot of cases, the deal terms are very unfavorable to existing stock holders as well […]

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Tags: Recruiting & Job Hunting · Start-up Success

An inspirational story of two Michigan mom entrepreneurs: Part II

August 18th, 2009 · No Comments

Today I’d like to share with you part II of my interview with Jessica Clark, co-founder of Suds Homemade Soap. If you haven’t read part I, please read “We have lost our beautiful home, our new cars, and in some respect, our dignity, but … “ an inspirational story of two Michigan mom entrepreneurs first. […]

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Tags: Build a Company · Start-up Success

“We have lost our beautiful home, our new cars, and in some respect, our dignity, but … “ an inspirational story of two Michigan mom entrepreneurs

August 17th, 2009 · No Comments

Today I have a special treat for everyone. Jessica Clark is the co-founder of Suds Homemade Soap. I first learned about Suds when Jessica visited this blog and commented on Go Scooter Girls! – An inspiring entrepreneurial story of starting of starting a business during the current financial crisis. Jessica wrote: “We are two moms […]

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IPO shouldn’t be the goal for a start-up

June 10th, 2009 · 4 Comments

A friend of mine started a company a few years ago. He quickly built up the company. Whenever I asked him how his company was doing, he always told me that their goal was to go public on the NASDAQ in a few years. They had good revenue growth. They had impressive venture capital funding. […]

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It’s a lie: the owner went to Hawaii

June 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

My family enjoys going to a Chinese restaurant near where we live. For the past three years, we go there once or twice a month. One day a few months ago, we went there again. The first thing we noticed when we walked into the restaurant was that all of the waiters and waitress were […]

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New Balance store associate recommends me to buy shoes at

June 1st, 2009 · 2 Comments

Tony Shieh, CEO of, will be delighted to hear this story. 🙂 I was looking to buy a pair of New Balance running shoes last weekend. We went to the New Balance store in the local mall. The sales associate in the store was very patient and helpful. I finally decided on a particular […]

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Tags: Build a Company · Product Management · Start-up Success

Too many managers, too few leaders

May 1st, 2009 · 2 Comments

Rose is the VP of Account Management at an Internet start-up. She has a team of ten people reporting to her. When she runs into product managers, developers, and operational folks in the company, she always asks: "what have you done today for help my team?". When someone asked why one of her accounts is […]

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Tags: Leadership · Management · Product Management · Start-up Success