Category Archives: Hedging against downturns

Will tech kill your job?

Stop me if you’ve heard this story before. “My job as a (newspaper publisher telephone installer, stockbroker, travel agent, retail store manager) is safe as this economy continues to grow.”  Yup. Thought so. We are in a decade of creative … Continue reading

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Five ways we are surviving long term

Dave’s note: This week we invite long-time CEO of Quicksilver Software to respond to our question: “How have you remained relevant in the gaming software business over so many years?” He and his company have worked in the video game … Continue reading

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Sometimes your gut is the best you’ve got.

Years ago I led a deal and invested in a company that looked like it had lots of promise to disrupt the women’s clothing industry with special algorithms and an online store.  But something had bothered me from the very … Continue reading

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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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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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Five Keys to Our Long Term Survival

Guest Post by William Fisher Dave’s Note:  William Fisher is CEO of Quicksilver Software, a software and Internet game development company in Southern California.  Bill has survived multiple cycles in the game industry, and writes here his thoughts about his longevity in … Continue reading

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Update your banker in good times and bad.

You’ve heard the old one – that a banker always seems willing to offer a loan when you don’t need it.  For small businesses, there is such truth in that statement that you can trust the story to be based … Continue reading

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Hold on to some “sticky” cash.

It is tempting to use available cash in good times to build the business and in challenging times to pay the bills and even to outdo competitors in marketing efforts.  Those are both good strategies.  But there is a tactic … Continue reading

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Hedging against downturns: Remember the GOAL!

Business cycles are a fact of life, and those of us who have lived through many cycles have gained experience in finding the proper time to step on the gas and when to use the brakes. These next several posts, … Continue reading

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