Mike Maples on Ecorner

Entrepreneurship and Leadership with Mark Maples

by Tim Berry

My Friday video for this week is on entrepreneurship and leadership from the Stanford Ecorner. If you haven’t been there for a while, check it out. There is a new interface, and it’s a great collection of speakers on entrepreneurship, startups, business, and investment. Here’s the intro from the site: Silicon Valley veteran Mike Maples... Read More »

Zihuatenejo Mexico

A Good Idea is Like A Beautiful Day. Everybody Owns It.

by Tim Berry

My answer to this question on Quora about ideas vs. execution  “ideas don’t matter, only execution matters”? – has been getting a lot of views. So I decided to repost it here. The answer to this is that millions of people – and I mean that, literally, millions of people – right now, as I write... Read More »

Broken_Lightbulp_Flickrcc_snail_race

Startup Ideas Worth Building

by Tim Berry

(Note: I rarely do guest posts on this blog, but I ran into this answer on Quora and I am happy to post it here, as a long quote, with credit to its author. – Tim)  Noam Kaiser is a professional investment manager, alias venture capitalist, or VC. The question at Quora.com was: Do you... Read More »

trash_shutterstock_43716334_granata1111

All Ideas are Brilliant Before They Are Executed.

by Tim Berry

“No battle plan ever survives first contact with the enemy.” – Helmuth von Moltke. Similarly, all business ideas are brilliant before they are executed.  Ideas have to run through an obstacle course of hard realities before they are really opportunities. Few ideas make it. Everybody has ideas, Millions of business ideas are floating around everywhere. Every problem anybody... Read More »

entepreneur-in-residence.jpg

Nobody is Going to Pay You For Your Ideas

by Tim Berry

Yesterday somebody posted an interesting comment on the bottom of my post ‘How to Sell an Idea to a Big Company.’ Sadly, that post explains to people why they can’t sell their ideas to big companies. Most of the 70-some comments there are from people who ignore what the post says and share how great... Read More »

Potogold_shutterstock_7853536_by_iDesign

Q&A revisited: Really, How Do I Sell My Idea to a Big Company. Part 2.

by Tim Berry

Irony: This post from about a year ago explains why you can’t sell an idea to a large company, and recommends not even trying. And dozens of reader comments ask how to do exactly what the post itself says they shouldn’t even try. And I get more comments all the time, plus emails on my... Read More »

Free the Numbers

Free the Numbers for Simple Lists and Tables

by Tim Berry

This is me giving back, making it up to all the spreadsheet haters. It’s a non spreadsheet: lists, tables, yes; but no formulas, functions, or programming. It just adds the rows and columns automatically. I call it Free the Numbers. I’ve been a spreadsheet guy since 1979. I wrote three books on how to use spreadsheets... Read More »

Paradigm Shift

Paradigm Shift: Sramana Mitra 1M/1M

by Tim Berry

I liked this one from Sramana Mitra’s !M/!M Youtube channel: Actually I liked several of them. Sramana has 10 cartoons like this one available as a Youtube playlist. Nice work. And if you don’t see the video here, I apologize. You can use this link to go to the source in Youtube. Read More »

needle-haystack-bigstock-6380917

Guess What Percent of Ideas are Really Opportunities

by Tim Berry

This monday I posted ideas vs. opportunities in this space. The point was filtering all those ideas for the subset that are actually opportunities. Overnight I got an email from Rick Holdren, chief evangelist for Medi-code, with this delightful additional story: As a angel investor in over 25 startups I tell a different story: A... Read More »

mirror

What Business to Start? Look in the Mirror

by Tim Berry

So you want to start a business, but don’t know what kind? Sure, you can get a list of franchises or ask the experts what are good businesses to start. That works for some people. Lists of businesses to start are easy to find. My advice, however, is don’t look for a list of good... Read More »