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Get the Most from Your Advisory Board

March 3, 2015 by Akira Hirai


Get the Most from Your Advisory Board

Assembling a brilliant advisory board is an important first step. The next step is to get the board to measurably impact your company. The challenge is in harnessing your board’s collective wisdom during the brief times you have their attention: the advisory board meeting. Starting about three weeks before your next advisory board meeting, use the tips below to ensure it’s your most productive one yet: Arm them with information. If your advisory board is to effectively advise you, they should be well-informed on the specific topics for which you’re [Read More]

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Eight Traits of True Founders

January 11, 2014 by Marty Zwilling


Eight Traits of True Founders

Business success begins in the mind of the startup founder and his team. A winning startup is a team of entrepreneurs who build and run the business as an extension of who they are, rather than some extrapolation of the Google or Facebook model. It’s not so easy to fake the important attributes when the going gets rough. So before you risk it all by jumping into a startup, do a reality check on your own mind to see if you possess a majority of the following attributes, summarized from [Read More]

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Meetings Don’t Have to Suck

February 22, 2013 by Akira Hirai


Making Meetings More Productive

Love them or hate them, meetings are a cornerstone of the business world. Every day, we hold staff meetings, pitch meetings, and project meetings, all in the hopes of hammering out the solutions and deals we need to keep growing our business. But whether we’re sitting in a conference room around a fancy polished table or dialing in from our home office, we’ve all attended meetings that felt like a huge waste of time. There’s nothing like watching the hours slip away irretrievably as your fellow meeting participants struggle to [Read More]

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Russ Wilcox

June 18, 2012 by Akira Hirai


Russ Wilcox

Cayenne Consulting interviewed Russ Wilcox, Co-Founder & CEO of Transatomic Power, a next-generation nuclear reactor design company. The firm has developed the Waste-Annihilating Molten Salt Reactor, a 200MW reactor that converts high-level nuclear waste into electric power. Russ Wilcox was previously Co-founder and CEO of E Ink Corporation. Founded in 1997, E Ink commercialized electronic paper materials invented at the MIT Media Lab. E Ink conducted ground-breaking research, scaled up manufacturing in the United States, and shipped tens of millions of displays for the Amazon Kindle, SONY Reader, B&N Nook, [Read More]

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7 Dumb Startup Leadership Mistakes

April 11, 2012 by Marty Zwilling


Table For Three Bringing Your Smart Phone to Lunch & 50 Dumb Mistakes Smart Managers Don't Make

Many professionals in business, from startups to multi-nationals, assume that team leader or executive is an appointed position, and the skills come with the title. In reality, leadership is best demonstrated while not in a position of authority, and is a skill that must be sharpened every day of your life. Most experts agree that leadership, as perceived by people around you, is more about behavior than it is about specific skills or knowledge. Darryl Rosen, in his new book “Table for Three?” illustrates this with humor for each of [Read More]

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10 Tips for Handling Loneliness at the Top

March 29, 2012 by Marty Zwilling


10 Tips for Handling Loneliness at the Top

One of the toughest things about running a business is the feeling of loneliness and isolation. You are on your own and nobody supports you because it’s hard for them to see what you see and feel the excitement that you feel at the critical stages. This is especially true if you run your small business from home. The leadership position alone can cause loneliness and disconnectedness, and that sometimes results in self-defeating behaviors. If your personality already leans toward narcissism, being the boss will likely bring out the worst [Read More]

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Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

February 20, 2012 by Akira Hirai


Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Do you want your product or service to resonate with customers? Then start by expressing the “why” behind your business rather than the “what.” Using Apple and the Wright Brothers as examples, Simon Sinek of RAND Corporation describes how people have a stronger biological response to “why” than to “what,” and how this translates to behavioral response. Sinek explains why “I Have a Dream” is more inspiring than “I Have a Plan.” This video is 18 minutes well-spent.

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Entrepreneurs Need Business Leadership AND Thought Leadership

February 9, 2012 by Marty Zwilling


The Radical Leap Re-Energized: Doing What You Love in the Service of People Who Love What You Do

By definition, most entrepreneurs are thought leaders. They have the ability to recognize a market need, the skills to design and implement a solution, and the drive to start a business from that solution. It all comes from within themselves. A business leader does the same thing and more through the people around them. Most entrepreneurs are not both. In reality, a successful startup can be built by a thought leader, but growing a successful business requires a business leader. That’s why venture capital investors often replace startup CEOs as [Read More]

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Your Startup Can’t Fail if You Don’t Quit

December 29, 2011 by Marty Zwilling


Your Startup Can’t Fail if You Don’t Quit

When I heard a friend make the statement “Your startup can’t fail if you don’t quit,” I realized that every entrepreneur should adopt it as their mantra. Pivoting or dealing a new hand is not quitting. If we all take this mantra, we can drastically improve the statistic that over half of new startups fail within five years. Nothing is more discouraging to future entrepreneurs than a failed startup. Why do most startups fail? There are a thousand reasons listed by pundits across the media, but most of them agree [Read More]

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Conflict Can Be Constructive

December 12, 2011 by Marty Zwilling


The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts

Many entrepreneurs are not prepared for conflict, or actively avoid it. Their vision, passion, and focus are so strong that they can’t imagine someone disagreeing, much less fighting them to the death. But the reality is that startups are composed of smart people, with emotions as well as intellects, working in close proximity under much pressure, so conflicts will occur. In fact, most business conflict is constructive and should be embraced in steering through the maze of innovation and change that is part of every successful business. Surround yourself with [Read More]

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