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Put Your MBA into Your Work, Not Your Title

by Tim Berry

I’m shocked to note that it’s been seven years since I posted Note to MBAs: Drop the Comma MBA, please! The point was exactly what the title implies, that people with MBA degrees ought not to use that degree as a title like CPAs and MDs do.  That one sparked some surprisingly (to me) animated comments.... Read More »

Pot of Gold

Startup Stock Options as Fool’s Gold

by Tim Berry

Terry had a good job with an established software company but left to join a startup. Why? “Because they’re giving me startup stock options.” Too bad. Two years later that job ended. That startup was going nowhere, cutting costs, and fighting extinction. Terry needed a new job. Again. What about those options? They had no value whatsoever. They... Read More »

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Video: 3 Reasons Every Business Owner Should Plan

by Tim Berry

Another Friday video today, this time with thanks to the bplans editing team, me in 88 seconds on why you need a business plan. Read More »

Fake News

Decline of Real Journalism and Fake News are Cause and Effect

by Tim Berry

These are related trends: the decline of traditional journalism and the emergence of fake news everywhere. I’ve accidentally chronicled the decline of journalism in this blog, with occasional posts over the last 10 years. Check out the category journalism here and you’ll see what I mean. Now, suddenly, so-called fake news is a big issue.... Read More »

The Morning After the 2016 Election

by Tim Berry

Nov. 9, 2016. Of course this blog is not about politics or elections. I’m a business guy, basically, and I write about startups, planning, and stories. But I’m also human. I care. Here’s what I hope today: That the women of this country stay united and resolute in their support of equal opportunity, equal pay,... Read More »

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Video: Lean Business Planning

by Tim Berry

I was pleased to join Dustin Luther of D&B B2B for this Facebook Live video on lean business planning. Read More »

Alexander Betts TED talk

Video: Are We Living in a Postfactual Society?

by Tim Berry

I found this quote particularly telling. Notice the term “postfactual society.” I hadn’t heard it before, but it fits quite well: It’s been suggested that we’ve moved to a postfactual society, where evidence and truth no longer matter, and lies have equal status to the clarity of evidence. So how can we rebuild respect for... Read More »

OPEN forum on saying no

On Saying No, Lean Planning, Brands, and What Could Happen

by Tim Berry

I haven’t posted here yet this week in part because I’ve been distracted with posts elsewhere. One of them is about the value of saying no in sales, one is a refresher on fundamentals of lean planning, one is looking at the future of brand marketing and content, and the fourth is a pure fiction riff... Read More »

Small Business Lessons from High Tech

7 Small Businesses Lessons From Tech Startups

by Tim Berry

What can every small business learn from tech startups? David Rose, founder of Gust.com and long-time leader of the New York Tech Angels, says normal businesses are different from tech startups, and offers small business lessons he’s taken from decades dealing with what high-end tech startups do as they start. He says: One of the most... Read More »

Yes No Maybe

5 Simple Rules for Better Business Decisions

by Tim Berry

They teach decision sciences in business schools. Those of us doing business, either as entrepreneurs, business owners, or careerists, talk a lot, and think a lot, about business decisions. We all want better business decisions. I’ve taken some of those courses and heard a lot of the talk, and I’ve survived running my own business... Read More »