Myths of Entrepreneurship

Friday Video: Kauffman Center on Myths of Entrepreneurship

by Tim Berry

Several things that many people take for granted about entrepreneurship aren’t really true, according to this three-minute video offered by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurship. It starts with a reminder that it isn’t small business that drives the US economy’s growth of jobs, but rather new business. Startups. And my personal favorite, around 1:40, the... Read More »

A Bad Idea

How Can I Get Startup Funding Without Giving Away Half the Company?

by Tim Berry

I’m surprised how often I get asked the question in the title, or variations of it, from people in startups. And you will hear discussions in which experts recommend ways to get investors who take less equity and demand less control. That seems short-sighted or worse.  I posted here years ago dumb investors is a... Read More »

Reality Check on Startup Dreams and Clichés

by Tim Berry

My Friday video for today is another TED talk, one of the best from 2015, targeting entrepreneurs, dreams, and getting things done. I call it a reality check on startup dreams, and she (Bel Pesce, from Brazil, successful entrepreneur) calls it 5 way to kill your dreams. How to kill dreams? Expect overnight success. Believe... Read More »

Market Segments

How Startups Estimate Market Size

by Tim Berry

It’s a common question. How do I know market size? Of course what one does for that depends on the type of business. What works for a web app won’t work for a restaurant. The kinds of information available in one market differs from another. Local demographics might be quite enough for a retail business, but irrelevant... Read More »

The Reality of the ‘Be Your Own Boss’ Cliché

by Tim Berry

My Friday video this week is one of my own: Reality vs. Be Your Own Boss. Reality vs 'Be Your Own Boss' from Tim Berry on Vimeo. It’s a short one, barely 45 seconds. But it attacks a very common misconception. Read More »

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 »

Small Business Failure Statistics

Demystify Business Failure Statistics

by Tim Berry

My Friday video for this week is one I did a while back, the truth about all those well-publicized business failure statistics. Most of the clichés we read everywhere are just often-repeated guesses. Nobody really knows. Read More »

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Self-Assessment: Will Your Startup Get Angel Investment?

by Tim Berry

Is your startup a good candidate for angel investment? If you can’t answer “yes” to the four questions here, then it probably isn’t. Angel investors are as hard to predict as any other group of individuals, all operating in their own self interest. There are about a quarter of a million angel investors in the... 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 »

Startup Magic

Startups: The High of Creation, the Wizard of Oz

by Tim Berry

(Note: this is a rare guest post, the third in the right-year history of this blog. It was originally published in Medium as Why We Startup: the High of Creation and the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, written by Megan Berry, head of product @RebelMouse, my daughter. I’m reposting because it captures the thrill, and the... Read More »