• #CEO Podcast: 7 Books Every Startup CEO Should Read (with David Cancel)

    July 11, 2020

    Are you a know-it-all or a learn-it-all? If you chose the latter, you’ll appreciate the top 5 marketing books David Cancel — Founder and CEO of Drift — can’t stop rereading.

  • #CEO Podcast:The CEO’s Journey — You Don’t Have to Travel Alone (with Bouzha Cookman)

    June 3, 2020

    Being a leader in tough economic times means striking a healthy balance between pessimism and optimism. As CEOs, we have to make tough decisions. We also have to keep up morale. Bouzha Cookman, of Catlin & Cookman, explains how CEO peers group can help.

  • How to be a Wartime CEO

    April 17, 2020

    Coronavirus is a new opportunity to rise as a CEO.

  • #CEO Podcast: CEO Coach – Why Everyone Needs One (with Bob Cramer)

    April 13, 2020

    The greatest athletes of all time all have had coaches. So, why wouldn’t the greatest CEOs have coaches, too? Five-time CEO turned coach Bob Cramer sheds light on the role a coach can play in a CEO’s journey.

  • Trillion Dollar Coach: A Chat with Bob Cramer

    April 12, 2020

    Some of the best athletes in the world have a coach. It seems counterintuitive that a strong CEO would need a coach. But I have to tell you; it’s probably one of the most important things you can do as CEO to grow your skillset, get better at your craft, to grow personally and professionally.   

  • Easy is Boring: My 2020 Mantra

    March 8, 2020

    Keeping teams motivated is really hard. But, if you are only focused on what amazing thing you can personally do, you are missing the point. 

  • When Magic is Not Enough: Learn from the Failure of General Magic

    March 1, 2020

    General Magic, a company you’ve never heard of, was a unicorn before there was such a thing.  

  • 5 Reasons Why CEOs Make Bad Decisions and How to Avoid Them

    February 23, 2020

    It’s time to fire my gut.As a CEO, I have a bias for action and often make decisions with my gut.

  • 8 Books I Couldn’t Put Down in 2019

    February 17, 2020

    Its like weightlifting for the brain. Last year, I decided to focus on leaders. 

  • Tribe Vibes: Who is In Charge of What?

    November 24, 2019

    I have noticed a pattern in the 20 years I have been an entrepreneur, advisor, and CEO. Every time there is something wrong with a company, there is a recurring problem. Either someone is not doing their job, or they didn’t know it was their job. It’s more common than you think. A problem with

  • The weFailure

    November 20, 2019

    Twenty years ago, on 11/19/99, I sold my first startup. It was a technology company selling something called “Java Beans.” My four co-founders and I had a life-changing experience when a company called BEA Systems acquired our company for over $100M. We were excited not just for our own lives, but the way it would

  • How Random Walks Can Make You A Better Manager

    October 20, 2019

    The next time you are in your office, wondering what you should do. Take a random walk through your company. You’ll be surprised by what you find.

  • Antifragile: Building A Company That Goes Beyond Resilience, Part 2

    October 6, 2019

    The body is strong, the mind is weak.

  • Antifragile: Building A Company That Goes Beyond Resilience

    September 1, 2019

    Slipping on a banana and breaking your hip is fragile. Getting hit by a truck then getting up to walk to your hair appointment is resilient. But, getting one of your arms cut off then growing a new one the next day is beyond resilient — it’s antifragile. Sh*t happens in startups. (Amen, right?) I can relate.

  • How Ketchup Protected my Product Market Fit

    August 23, 2019

    Once, when meeting with the CEO of a new customer, I pulled out a bottle of ketchup and set it on the table. It was one of these … Once, when meeting with the CEO of a new customer, I pulled out a bottle of ketchup and set it on the table. (Image: istockphoto) It was

  • Should Your Startup Be Hiring Specialists or Generalists?

    August 4, 2019

    Managers love to reward hyper-specialization. But is it better to hire for general problem-solving abilities?

  • 5 Jobs to Master as CEO

    July 29, 2019

    It happens rather quickly. Your new investors sign a shareholder’s agreement, a subscription agreement, and a corporate charter. Usually, you create a new class of (preferred) shares. You receive a notification from your bank that the wires from investors have cleared. Your lawyers file the company’s new corporate charter, and a new board of directors

  • Tribe Vibes: How to Grow Empathy on Your Team

    July 7, 2019

    Human beings are tribal by nature. Our need to belong far outweighs many things in life. So, we naturally split into tribes.