Author Archives: Dave Berkus

I sat in my own safety net while weaving it.

Editor’s note: Berni Jubb was an Inc.500 entrepreneur, after years as a senior marketing manager of a large computer company.  He regained his senses, and now runs a small resort and restaurant in Costa Rica. By Berni Jubb My First Startup… … Continue reading

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September 21st, 2015 marks the sixth anniversary of publication for BERKONOMICS, the blog containing insights for business management, entrepreneurs, and investors.  Starting with just 4,000 circulation in 2009, BERKONOMICS has grown to well over 100,000, and is read on five … Continue reading

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Patent litigation can kill the small guy.

When you think of patents, you think of added value to the corporation in the form of protection of its intellectual property.  In fact, many corporations spend millions developing surrounding patents to form what is known as a “patent thicket,” … Continue reading

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There’s gold in re-purposing intellectual property.

Several times a month, I’d have lunch with one of my CEOs, and each time we’d find ourselves digging into the intellectual property developed by the company over the years, just to refresh ourselves about what the intended use was … Continue reading

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Whatever it is, try to deliver it via the cloud

By David Steakley Editor’s note:  Popular contributor, David Steakley, returns this week with his take on the importance of cloud delivery for technology businesses. – DWB Everyone knows that software-as-a-service has displaced the old style of delivering enterprise software. You … Continue reading

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Bottom up budgeting creates waste. Top down!

Many people believe that bottom up budgeting leads to waste and misdirection. The advocates of top-down budgeting are strong in their belief that if you give each person or department no guidance, they will budget to their wants or specific … Continue reading

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White-label it: Make it ‘YOU’ inside.

By David Steakley This week’s insight comes from David Steakley, who has contributed several great posts to Berkonomics this year.  David is an active angel investor in Texas and is a former management consultant, where he obviously plied his trade … Continue reading

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The five kinds of risk in building your business

If you could predict a crisis within your business before its occurrence, wouldn’t you move to prevent or reduce its impact?  Making such predictions is a skill that can be developed, and here’s one method of doing so. There are … Continue reading

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My story: Fail locally, one customer at a time.

By Frank Peters Our guest insight this week is from Frank Peters, well-known in the angel and in the bicycle worlds for his podcasts and passion.  His personal story is full of lessons for us all. – Dave We’ve all … Continue reading

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Drive your recurring revenues.

This week, our guest post is by  David Steakley, a past President of the Houston Angel Network, and a reformed management consultant.  David is an active angel investor, and manages several angel funds in Texas.  I have a positive fetish … Continue reading

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