Category Archives: Hedging against downturns

Are you uncomfortable with home-based workers?

Do home-based employees work with the same dedication and productivity as those in office cubicles next to each other? That depends upon the management as much as the employee.  I have a friend who is a CEO of a recruiting … Continue reading

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Are you ready to take on an office lease?

Rent your first office with caution.  Several years ago, I became involved with a Southeast Asian company looking to expand into the United States.  During the discussions with the CEO about hiring North American managers, he made it clear that … Continue reading

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Will tech kill your job?

[wdm_image_effects effect=”effectc1″ animation=”slideInLeft” shape=”square” color=”#ffffff” social=”” title=”” description=”” id=”2988″ show=”hover” counter=”0″ size=”large”/] 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 … 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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