10 Good Reasons Not to Seek Investors For Your Startup

by Tim Berry

Before you buy into the myths about startup investors, first consider whether you actually want startup investors for your new business at all. No, I’m not bitter … I had VC money in Palo Alto Software for a few years and they were helpful, collaborative, and good people. I’m not a bitter victim.  And I’ve... Read More »

Q&A: How to Be An Entrepreneur

by Tim Berry

Question: How to be an entrepreneur? My Answer: First, if you have the option and haven’t already, get a good education. Focus on whatever interests you, not necessarily business. Entrepreneurs without formal education are at a huge disadvantage. But there’s no clear difference between a good degree in business and a good degree in any... Read More »

Nat Eliason Struggle Porn

You Have to Know When to Quit

by Tim Berry

I recommend you read Nat Eliason‘s piece No More Struggle Porn. He’s attacking one of the more pervasive startup myths around, the idea that the struggle itself, the overwhelming and overpowering struggle that pushes everything else out of your life, is a good thing. He defines struggle porn as: I call this “struggle porn”: a... Read More »

Measure Money

Pervasive Startup Myth: Don’t Work for Free

by Tim Berry

Startup myth: The one about founders having to work for free to impress angel investors. This supposedly shows passion. Don’t believe it. Investors want people committed to working their startups, and that usually takes getting them paid. I’ve been getting a lot of upvotes on my answer to this question in Quora: How do entrepreneurs... Read More »

10 Common Mistakes with Startup Financial Projections

by Tim Berry

I was glad to be asked about common mistakes with financial projections. I read about 100 business plans a year for angel investment and business plan competitions. Most show unrealistic profitability. More people doing business plans should realize that most startups are unprofitable at the beginning; and that high growth correlates with losses, not profits.... Read More »

Business Success: Talent, Skill, or What?

by Tim Berry

I received this question: Is succeeding as an entrepreneur a matter of luck or do only the talented ones make it? And this is my answer: Luck isn’t enough, and talent isn’t enough either. You can have either one, or even both, and still fail. What you’re missing, with your question, is the work. Business... Read More »

5 Secrets of Creating a Great Business Team

by Tim Berry

My favorite five secrets of a great business team? This list came to me first as an answer to the question how do you build a great business team on Quora.  These five points aren’t something from the business school curriculum. They come from the experience of actually doing it, recruiting a team and growing... Read More »

7 Things Wanna-be Entrepreneurs Need to Know

by Tim Berry

What do entrepreneurs need to know as they get started? Of course there’s need to know, absolutely; and there’s ought to know.  I was asked to come up with a list, and here is my best guess. Know the difference between cash and profits. You Think in Profits, but You Live on Cash. Things like sales... Read More »