3 Tips For New Entrepreneurs to Survive The Crickets – #BlabChat

I teamed up with TODAY Show contributor and media entrepreneur, Mario Armstrong, and his right-hand-man, Shy Mukerjee, to offer tips for new entrepreneurs about how to manage the crickets that are sure to come.

You know, crickets: when you call, and call, and call, or email a potential customer or strategic partner, and they NEVER get back to you. It’s like you don’t exist.

Oh, the joy!

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Persistence > patience for a startup CEO, but patience still matters

Many of you know I am a contributing “expert” for the popular site, SheKnows.com. This month the theme over there was courage and the moments that define us.

I contributed an article titled, Saving my business while being a stay-at-home dad wasn’t easy: I stayed hopeful when people told me to let my business go. I’ve written about this on my blog here.

An interesting comment was made at my SheKnows article about patience that I’d like to discuss.  (more…)

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Is ignorance a key ingredient for success as an entrepreneur?

A while ago, I stumbled across an article by Lisa Cash-Hanson titled, “Ignorance Is A Key Ingredient For Success Brian Smith Ugg Founder“.  As I read Lisa’s post, I began to reflect on my journey and wondered if ignorance IS in fact a key ingredient for success as an entrepreneur?

I’d like to share a few thoughts from Lisa and the founder of UGG and then get your opinion.

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How I Will Grow My Startup After Scraping By Last Year

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know I pour my heart into every article and authentically share my experiences-good and bad. You also know 2014 was a roller coaster year for me and my business.

I’m happy to tell you that because of the success the business enjoyed at the end of 2014, I was able to close a round of investment capital to address the key business issues/opportunities as I see them.

And I get to fight on to be a shining example to my young twins of what’s possible when one chooses to live a life of passion and purpose.

In this article I’ll:

  • Transparently show sales and website conversion data.
  • Discuss what I think the opportunities are to sustainably grow the business.
  • Reveal goals for the year.
  • And share a list of important lessons I’ve learned on my entrepreneurial journey that I hope you find helpful.

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Why Your Business Idea is Probably Worthless

I love twitter.

I meet the most interesting people there.

I recently connected with Paul Brunson on twitter via an article he wrote: 20 Successful Habits I Learned Working For Two Billionaires that is a must read. 

But it was an article Paul shared on twitter, the 3 Most Dangerous Half Truths in Entrepreneurship, by Tim Berry, that inspired this post. The article railed against doing what you love in business, and the myth about passion, persistence, and perseverance as the keys to success. (more…)

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Sometimes When You Lose, You Win

Life is a funny thing sometimes.

One second things seem to not be going your way. Then mysteriously, the entire universe conspires with you and a previously $h!tty situation turns out in your favor.

This happened to me so many times on my WeMontage journey. Like the time I was in the accelerator and pitching an investor who told me there is no way he would invest in my business, but then ended up doing just that thru an angel group to which he’s connected.

Or this past year when two huge PR opportunities kept getting severely pushed back when I really needed them to happen immediately to help cash flow. In the end, the PR spots hit in the fourth quarter of 2014, when consumers were more likely to buy.

That worked out great.

 

Another Entrepreneur Weighs In

I wanted to see if other entrepreneurs had similar experiences, so I reached out to Dino Dogan, founder of Triberr, a platform that helps bloggers solve the problem of  writing blog posts that no one reads; it does so by helping bloggers develop a community of sharing and support with other bloggers.

Below is Dino’s story about making vodka-mint lemonade out of lemons:

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