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Employees Are A Pain In The Butt (so I heard)

Growing up I worked summers in my parents local businesses there in Klamath Falls, Oregon. I really admire and look up to my parents in a big way because I can remember vividly when the store my dad was working at went out of business and forced my parents to make that decision a lot … Continued

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My Biggest Growth Lesson So Far As A Startup CEO

It’s crazy how fast time flies by. My last column about Celebrating Your Successes… wow that column isn’t more true than it is today. Look back at those “successes” you had recently in your company and in your family life and celebrate those before you head into the next season. As my friend and mentor Seth always reminds … Continued

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This Isn’t A Practice Round…

BEEEEEP…. BEEEEEEP…. BEEEEEP. My alarm went off at 5:30am and I promptly reached over to my nightstand, grabbed my phone and tapped it all in one fell swoop with my eyes closed, to silence that sound that most of us have grown to hate. 10 minutes pass and the phone lights up my nightstand again … Continued

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Can You Delegate Your Business To Death?

As we’re growing our local tech startup Carrot well into the 7 figure per year mark we’re hitting some growing pains and big time learning curves. In my previous companies I was able to get by without a real team in place. Yes, we had great people who did things for us… but it was … Continued

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The #1 Key To Oprah’s Success

I was in a major rut about 4 years back as an entrepreneur. And the thing that got me out of the rut is the same key that Oprah said in an interview is the #1 thing she attributes her success to. Revenues in one of my companies at the time were good… from the … Continued

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How To “Pumpkin Plan” Your Business

It’s kind of funny how you can learn the most powerful things from the most unlikely places. Like in this article, how my most recent business strategy shift came from a pumpkin farmer of all places. You see, at our local software startup Carrot (onCarrot.com) that we launched in 2013… we’re growing at a good … Continued

What Are You Trying To Build? Do You Even Know?

I guess you could call it a personality flaw… but I love to get stuff started… but not huge on sitting down and writing down a specific plan. Ideas fall out of my ears and I tend to implement fast on getting stuff rolling. But, the problem I realized a little while back is that … Continued

One Big Thing

Have you ever wondered when too much as an entrepreneur is too much? Or heck, even if you haven’t started a business yet… have you ever wondered when taking on too much in life is too much? Ya, I think we all have. And, most of us have probably at one point or another looked … Continued

When To Launch A New Business

So, the past 3 years I’ve had a project “on the sidelines” waiting to launch. You probably ask… “For 3 years? Seriously?  Why’d you wait so long?” Truthfully, I never intended on it.  Originally I had planned on launching this new service (more on it later in this post) in 2010. But didn’t. Until last … Continued