Top 10 Mistakes Made by Entrepreneurs

by Tim Berry

For some really good startup advice, and lots of good reminders, here is Guy Kawasaki’s Top 10 Mistakes Made by Entrepreneurs, on YouTube, courtesy of Stanford Business. I don’t agree with everything Guy says here but I really like his being comfortable with his own opinions, and how he presents them as opinions, not fact. This... Read More »

Calling All Oregon Startups

by Tim Berry

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No Let’s Not Have Meetings; Let’s Effing Do It

by Tim Berry

I love this quote: “I remember a great quote from Paul Berry, former CTO of the Huffington Post, which went something like ‘Lets have an idea on Monday. Instead of having lots of meetings about that idea, lets just effing do that idea. By Wednesday we’ll have realised the flaw and iterated … and by... Read More »

Trading Ownership for Services is Risky Business

by Tim Berry

Over the holidays I received this question from my ask-me form on my timberry.com website: In todays economy with corporate streamlining and all that technology has to offer, how can one attract investment in the form of an ‘equity swap’? I am in need  of  web development and am willing to trade this for a... Read More »

How — and how not — to Find a Mentor

by Tim Berry

So you want a mentor to help you start or grow your business?  Never ask somebody to be your mentor.  Instead, ask a person who might be a mentor a specific question. Find a question an expert can answer quickly without having a lot of specific knowledge about your case in detail. Make it a... Read More »

8 Successful Companies That Had to Pivot (Infographic)

by Tim Berry

My thanks to Paula Andruss for this infographic on Entrepreneur.com:  Read More »

The Best-Kept Secrets of Startups

by Tim Berry

I’m amazed at the quality of questions and answers on Quora. Do you know Quora? If not, you’re missing a really intriguing resource.  Recently I found this question on Quora:  What are the best-kept secrets about startups? What are some things that people could benefit from knowing that is largely secret – in the sense... Read More »

When is the Right Time to Start a Company

by Tim Berry

I really like this 2-minute explanation Stanford’s Entrepreneurship Corner: Steve Teig, Tabula – Right Time to Start a Company. He’s clearly focusing on tech companies and the web, but the principals apply elsewhere if you use your imagination. If for any reason you don’t see the video here, you can click this link to go... Read More »

Crowdfunding is Being Oversold

by Tim Berry

I think so-called “crowdfunding” is being oversold. Many people seem to think it’s going to mean a lot new investment money for U.S. startups. I don’t think so. Not yet. Maybe never.  Crowdfunding, unfortunately, has become one of those bucket terms, that mean different things to different people. I use the term for ease of restrictions... Read More »

Q&A: Is This Partner Arrangement Fair?

by Tim Berry

I get these emails, summarizing one side of an argument, asking me to guess or comment on fairness. For example, in an email I just received, the one asking me has worked for 18 months “with significant intellectual contribution.” He’s apparently resenting the other partner, who has shelled out $560,000 and wants a guaranteed payback before other... Read More »