Great TED Talk: Gender Equality is Good for All

by Tim Berry

This TED talk is true, insightful, funny, and real. A great reminder to so many of us: Privilege is invisible to those who enjoy it. Please take a few minutes to watch and listen. As enticement, here are a couple of quotes: “White men are the beneficiaries of the greatest affirmative action program in the... Read More »


We Can All Stop Making Killers Famous

by Tim Berry

Roseburg last Thursday, an hour south of where I live. Charlotte, Aurora, Lafayette, Newtown, and on it goes. As a society, we go on and on, bemoaning these mass shootings. But we don’t do anything about it. Congress does nothing. Local legislatures do very little. So we just hate that it happens, and go on,... Read More »


Why Failure is Your Key to Success

by Tim Berry

“The taboo against uttering the F-word grows stronger the closer you get to the top … But here’s where they’re wrong (aside from their egos, and simply being delusional): talking about failure is recognizing reality, and as long as you come to grips with that reality, you have a chance to succeed.” That’s from Fran... Read More »


True Story: Steve Balmer Drops Out

by Tim Berry

“What? Steve Balmer dropped out? He’s not coming back?” “Nope. He did his summer job at a software startup in Washington, and he’s staying there and quitting here.” So went the gossip in September of 1980 as the Stanford MBA class of 1981 finished up the summer vacation and started the second of the two-year... Read More »

Financial Report

What ‘Accurate’ Means in a Business Plan

by Tim Berry

I just answered this question on Quora. I think it’s an interesting question, one that comes up often enough, and one whose answer is worth considering. How can I write a very accurate business plan. I’m hoping to win a grant in a business plan competition? The rest of this post is my answer on... Read More »


Screen time helps build next generation of techies

by Tim Berry

Some “screen time” is good for these kids in my opinion. And whether or not it encourages them to be future entrepreneurs, if it helps them develop the right kind of familiarity with technology, it can’t be that bad. Read More »


7 Financial Facts Every Entrepreneur Should Know

by Tim Berry

You don't have to be CPA or MBA to run a business, but you do need to know these 7 financial facts that can make or break a business. Read More »


Contrarian Advice on Investment Pitch from a Pitch Veteran

by Tim Berry

“We coach entrepreneurs ‘think big.’ ‘Think change the world.’ That doesn’t mean use adjectives that are not credible. Everybody’s revolutionary and everybody’s disruptive now.” That’s Bill Reichert, managing director Garage Technology Ventures, veteran investor, a board member on multiple startups, and someone who has heard and reacted to hundreds of investment pitches. In this talk... Read More »


10 Qualities I’d Look for in a Business Partner

by Tim Berry

Here are 10 qualities I’d look for in a future business partner: Integrity. The whole truth, not just the good news. Actually I want to know the bad news instantly; and the good news can wait. I want to work with people who never make me wonder what they are thinking or what they mean.... Read More »


Timing is the Key to Success? Do You Agree?

by Tim Berry

Here’s food for thought. Idealabs founder Bill Gross analyzed several hundred startups, from big successes to big failures, looking for the most important startup keys to success.  He considered idea, team, business model, funding, and timing. This is his TED talk sharing what he found. Here’s some of his reasoning, in detail: The number one... Read More »