Plan Run Review Revise

Planning Principle: Continuous Process, Not Just a Plan

by Tim Berry

Don’t think of planning as just a plan that you do once. Planning done right is a process of continuous improvement. Keep your business plan always fresh and current. Never finish a business plan, heave a sigh of relief, and congratulate yourself that you’ll never have to do that again. Don’t use it once and throw it away.... Read More »

Ownership Networks

A Physicist’s Deep-Dive into Who Controls the World Economy

by Tim Berry

In this TED talk, physicist James B. Glattfelder looks at who controls the world economy, focusing first on ownership as a complex system. He says, in his introduction: “We spend billions of dollars trying to understand the origins of the universe while we still don’t understand the conditions for a stable society, a functioning economy, or... 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 »

experts speak half truths

Truth: Politicians and Small Business

by Tim Berry

Once again we have elections and the useless self-serving rhetoric of politicians and small business. talk about Damn, elections are heating up again. All politicians claim to speak for “small business.” As if anybody could speak for small business, given that just about the only thing business owners have in common with each other is that... Read More »


Business Pitch: Don’t Confuse Optimism with Business Potential

by Tim Berry

I listen to a lot of business pitches and way too many of them try to make something out of the entrepreneur’s attitude. Commitment is great, but who isn’t committed? Passion is great but who isn’t passionate about their business. Saying that adds nothing. It’s assumed. So too, with optimism. Business pitch optimism is vastly... Read More »

This means you

Don’t Just Dream Your Startup. Do the Work.

by Tim Berry

I’ve seen this in surveys several times: Americans dream of owning their own business. We’re a culture of startups. But don’t just dream your startup. Do it. Make it happen. Just because you love it doesn’t make it easy I really like this from Pam Slim, author of Body of Work, in Who says following your... Read More »


Two Paradoxical TED Talks Every Business Owner Should Watch

by Tim Berry

My thanks to Hubspot and post author Mike Whitney for today’s two Friday videos. Whitney included these two in his selection of 4 TED Talks Every Marketer Should Watch, from last year. I want to focus today on these two as not just for marketers, but also essential TED talks for business owners. They go... Read More »


Business for Life not Life for Business

by Tim Berry

We talk about work-life balance, in general terms, but here’s one simple thought that should always be there in the background: Your business exists to make your life better. Not vice-versa. Don’t sacrifice your life to make your business better. I got a lot of play on Twitter recently with this simple idea. And this post... Read More »

Gambling Business

True Story: Startup Addict, Chronic Failure

by Tim Berry

I believe that developing your own business is ultimately a matter of doing the work, getting the store open, returning the phone calls. And I fear that too often people fall into the myth and mystique of the startup and end up doing just the opposite. They are always waiting, never working. This is the story of a... Read More »

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Paradox of Product Persistence

by Tim Berry

Paradox: On one hand, to keep a business healthy you have to be able to cut mediocre products. On the other hand, some successful products require sticking to them for a long time, stubbornly, to get either the product or the marketing right. Take a minute and think about it, and you’ll find examples of... Read More »