Q&A: How Do I Get This Startup Financed?

by Tim Berry

I received this question over the weekend via my ask-me form on timberry.com. I modified it slightly to not include private information. It’s about a web software business. It reads …  … we are gaining traction. Financing is difficult. I am looking to find out what resource you would recommend to get financing for the... Read More »

Body of Work is the Best Career Book Ever

by Tim Berry

Pam Slim’s new book Body of Work is out. You may already know of Pam as the author of the bestseller Escape From Cubicle Nation. This one takes a brilliant new tack on the whole idea of careers, refocusing your work life as a reflection of who you are, who you are becoming. I’ve already... 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 »

Does Digital Saving Threaten Real Memory?

by Tim Berry

I once saw a man walking around the inside the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, taking it all in only through the very narrow view of his amateur movie camera viewfinder. The irony swept over me: he was not seeing it while he was there. Instead, he was recording it to see later.  And I... Read More »

Do You Want Your Daughter to be a Successful Entrepreneur?

by Tim Berry

I stumbled on this question on Quora: How should I raise a 12-year-old girl to be a successful entrepreneur? I have four grown-up daughters. Some of them are “successful entrepreneurs,” all of them have tried, some are still trying. So I care a lot about this subject.  There are good answers already posted. The answer I like... Read More »

Make Your Website Real-time For Free (Putting Social First, of Course)

by Tim Berry

Today Rebelmouse dropped the $9.99 monthly fee on using Rebelmouse to power your own website at your own domain. Here’s the announcement post with the details. The key quote is: We’re now giving away many of the features that used to come with a $9.99 a month price tag for free, including the ability to... 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 »

More Proof Why You Can’t Ignore Your Online Self

by Tim Berry

For most of us, doing business requires social proof. It’s  fact of life. And it’s something you have to do over time. The only way to get there is by doing it over a period of time. So it’s a tough challenge for people who haven’t started.  What’s social proof? Daniel Lay describes it in Social... Read More »

My Secrets of So-Called Success

by Tim Berry

I’m pleased to see that Rieva Lesonsky has published Secrets of Success: Tim Berry at her blog Forum.web.com. I’m proud of what I have to say there. Rieva asked really good questions.  Here’s one quote, on why I started my own business: First, I wanted to do the work I liked doing (forecasting, market research,... Read More »