Entrepreneurship

Cutting Your Losses

I had lunch with a remarkable executive and entrepreneur this past week. As I asked for insight into this person’s background, I heard a rare story. The entrepreneur’s company had been purchased by a large, global corporation. This individual was required to stay 3 years to earn the complete payout. Read more…

By Dave Gardner, ago
Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurial Success

Here are some ideas I’ve been capturing about entrepreneurial success that might interest you: For business-to-consumer (B2C) apps, getting 3 million sign-ups only suggests things are just getting “interesting” from a venture capital point of view. The bigger issue is continued use and adoption of the app (stickiness) and its Read more…

By Dave Gardner, ago
Entrepreneurship

Enabling Yes Part 2

I was very impressed with a firm I met with in Montreal this past week: They are seen as a partner with their customers, not merely a vendor They see pressures to drive down their costs as an opportunity to innovate and increase their ability to compete The owners are Read more…

By Dave Gardner, ago
Entrepreneurship

Enabling Yes

Businesses that thrive lead, not follow. I believe it was Wayne Gretzky who espoused the notion that you need to focus on where the puck is going to be, not where it is in this moment. This is great advice in business as well. I attended an off-site retreat with Read more…

By Dave Gardner, ago
Entrepreneurship

3 Factors for Marketplace Success

I’m just back from speaking at MCPC 2015 in Montreal, an international conference about Mass Customization, Personalization and Co-Creation. One thought offered by Awane Jones, Founder & CEO at Merchlar, a Montreal-based digital agency, stood out. He offered (and I”m paraphrasing) marketplace success is a function of: Nailing the problem Read more…

By Dave Gardner, ago