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What’s the Difference Between Angel Investor and VC?

by Tim Berry

I see this confusion a lot: People use the terms “venture capital,” “venture capitalist,” and “VC” to apply to any outsider investing in a startup. However, it’s really useful to draw some distinctions in this area, between three important classifications: venture capital, angel investors, and anybody else. Venture capital means big-money investment managed by professional... Read More »

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Do Customer Service People Really Want Autonomy?

by Tim Berry

Throw away the script; give your people more autonomy to identify and solve problems. — Shep Hyken (@Hyken) March 4, 2014 Not that long ago I discovered, to my dismay, that some customer support and customer service people didn’t want autonomy. I always thought, like my friend Shep Hyken suggests in the tweet above, that... Read More »

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Are you Running a LIFO Time Management Strategy? How Bad Is It?

by Tim Berry

Do you do what I do? I suspect a lot of us do. With me it’s not just what’s urgent or important, but also what’s on the screen, which window is in the forefront, and what just happened. It’s like urgent vs. important vs. recent. With a distortion filter for fun, or interesting. The title... Read More »

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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 »

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Infographic: Does Big Business Control the World?

by Tim Berry

The infographic here reminds me of the 1970’s movie Rollerball, in which the world was controlled by seven corporations: food, energy, entertainment, transportation, etc. It seemed at the time, when I saw it, like a reasonable guess at the future. But then there’s the change led by technology, which seems to splinter the world and allow... Read More »

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Calling All Oregon Startups

by Tim Berry

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Required Reading on Business Owners Making Critical Mistakes

by Tim Berry

For a good time take a look at the answers to this question on Quora: What are some classic examples of a founder letting his or her ego get in the way of making the right decision for a company? Now yes, that’s one stellar example of a loaded question. But — loaded or not —... Read More »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »