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 »

Steps to Entrepreneurship

I Want to be An Entrepreneur. What Steps do I Take?

by Tim Berry

What Steps to be a Tech Entrepreneur? I’m 18 years old and want to be a successful tech entrepreneur. What steps should I take? That one, specifically, popped up in my email today from Quora, the excellent questions-and-answers site that I frequent often. But that’s just today. I saw a very similar question from a... Read More »


A Case Study on Startup Equity

by Tim Berry

I had an interesting exchange over the weekend. Shane Diffily tweeted: @Timberry HI Tim. So what was your answer to How Not to Divide Ownership? It’s v.similar to a situation I am in & I’d love to see your ideas. Tx! — Web Governance (@diffily) February 26, 2015 Setting the Scene Shane was referring there to... Read More »


Where Startups Get Their Money

by Tim Berry

Where do young companies get money? I ran into this three-minute video over the weekend. It’s a great summary. If you’re not already up to speed on the range of startup options from personal savings to venture capital, just watch this: (Note: Here is the link to the original on YouTube: My thanks to the... Read More »


Quick Quiz: What Do Investors Cite as the Common Cause of Failures?

by Tim Berry

What do venture capitalists and angel investors cite as the common cause of the failures in their portfolios? That’s a great question, which somebody posed in Quora. And as I write this post, it has several really interesting answers. Jason Lemkin, who runs Storm Ventures, has my favorite answer. It’s also the overwhelming favorite of those... Read More »

MBA and tech startups

Does an MBA Help in Running a High-Tech Business?

by Tim Berry

Question (on Quora): Does an MBA help in starting up and running a technology-based business?  My Answer on MBA for High Tech I have an MBA degree and I bootstrapped a software company past $10M annual sales and was a co-founder of another software company that went public in less than four years. And the... Read More »


Audio: Annoying Half Truths in Entrepreneurship

by Tim Berry

I had a good radio-talk-show visit this morning with Jim Blasingame, Small Business Advocate, of Time flies; I can’t believe I’ve been joining Jim on his show off and on for 16 years now. I intend to ask him whether being a guest on his show causes gray hair. Here’s my favorite segment, on... Read More »

Don't tell your spouse

3 Things Never to Tell an Entrepreneur About her/his Spouse

by Tim Berry

I just read 7 Things Never to Tell Your Spouse About Business Finances, posted by Barry Molz on Amex OPEN forum. I like Barry and I like his work.  I’ve been on his podcast before and it was great. But his tone of voice in this post makes me uncomfortable. If you’re curious, compare Barry’s tone... Read More »


Drill Down into What You Do Best

by Tim Berry

I put this here today because I love this quote: “I wanted to fundamentally feel like I was the best person in the world to solve that problem.” This is Tristan Walker, of Walker and Company Brands, speaking at Stanford, courtesy of Stanford eCorner. If you don’t see the video here, please click here for... Read More »