Entrepreneurs are eternal optimists, but we struggle too

At a recent event for Phoenix tech leaders, fellow entrepreneur Adam Toren and I were catching up over beers. Adam waved to a friend across the room. Gabe walked over to join… Read More

Three Brothers and Their Billion-Dollar Businesses

One of my favorite roles is on-stage moderator. Last Friday I had the opportunity to interview three entrepreneurs who have created billion dollar companies at the Venture Madness investor event in Phoenix:… Read More

A Tale of Two Valleys – Silicon Valley and Phoenix

Two weeks ago, I attended the SaaStr annual conference in San Francisco with several thousand other early stage software company founders and leaders. Ten thousand people gathered in the heart of Silicon… Read More

12 Strategy Exercises to Help You Get Amazing Results Next Year (and Not Repeat This Year’s Failures)

If you are like most early stage entrepreneurs, you set aggressive goals. You probably got a lot done this year, but you still came up short on achieving everything on your plan…. Read More

The Startup Story of Guitar Hero, the Mega-Hit That Almost Didn’t Happen

A few months ago, I had a long conversation over dinner with entrepreneur and investor Michael Dornbrook. I got to hear how his startup company went from long-suffering video game creator to… Read More

We Need More Phoenix Entrepreneurs to Think Bigger

Steve Case AOL lunch

A couple months ago, I had lunch with some fellow tech entrepreneurs in downtown Phoenix. It was a really special lunch. Across the table from me was Steve Case, the billionaire co-founder… Read More

The 7 Marketing Strategy Questions for Entrepreneurs

David Hewlett, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, used to say this: “Marketing is too important to leave to the marketing department.” He knew the strategic questions that drive great marketing execution are the same questions at… Read More

The first rule of the game is to know what game you are playing

“I have this problem. What should we do?” a busy CEO asked me. “Well, it depends.” The answer depends on your situation and what you are trying to accomplish. It depends on what’s working in… Read More

The Five Epiphanies – The Proven Path to Growing your Startup

I met with two founders of a local startup software company last week. After learning about their history and current situation, we started to dig in on their big question, “How can we grow faster?”… Read More

The Real Marketing Problem for Startups – Low “Signal Strength”

It’s pretty cool to be a startup these days. We see headlines every day about massive success stories like Uber, Snapchat, Facebook and other big companies that started small, had explosive growth and changed… Read More