Two easy ways to build momentum

Leroy is a young entrepreneur. He was recruited by seasoned entrepreneurs to help bootstrap a new venture. Together he and other similarly recruited co-founders have been working under the tutelage of these entrepreneurs and making progress in learning the market and getting product into the hands of consumers. Over these months, Leroy has demonstrated that…

Perspective Is Everything

Trials and tribulations happen to us all the time. Sometimes, the biggest punches to our gut become the biggest accelerators in our lives. It’s all about perspective.

Bootstrap Until it Hurts: Lessons from an Entrepreneur

It’s hard enough to be an entrepreneur without having to worry about money, but there’s just no way around it. Here’s why I say you should bootstrap until it hurts…and then some. Your company will thank you for it later.

4 Strategies for Staying Rooted in Prayer

Recently, I was asked how I stay rooted in prayer despite my crazy schedule. When I sat down and thought about it deliberately, here are the four strategies I came up with.

Lessons from an Entrepreneur: Be Easy to Do Business with

If you want do business, be easy to do business with. Startups, by their very nature, aren’t easy to do business with. They are a risky proposition. They don’t have a history of success. They may not even have a product. They have vision. They sell the hope of something totally different. Buyers must go…

Stages of Entrepreneurial Growth

3Pillar executive Bobby Christian recently sent me this insight into the various phases of company growth.  It’s one man’s perspective, but I found it fairly insightful – and true to what I have experienced. $0 to $2mm is about balls and waking up early and staying up late $2mm to $5mm is about the will…

Plan for wild success

Less than a month ago Dollar Shave Club launched with a bang.  The company, a subscription service that ships razors to your door for a monthly low price, was an instant viral sensation.  Their online video campaign spread rapidly through Facebook and Twitter. Dollar Shave Club got two things right.  They had a simple and…

Give up the illusion of control – proactively build your board

One of the worst pieces of advice I received in the early days of Three Pillar was to refrain from building a board of directors.  If you need the advice, I was told, build a board of advisors.  Conventional wisdom said that I shouldn’t relinquish control.  Luckily, I ignored conventional wisdom and did the opposite…