Dan Rather spoke on the UT Austin campus last week, and amidst his many stories he opined on his need to monetize his site News and Guts. He has over 1.2M followers on Facebook and is energetically remaining in the public square, but he …

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Heroic WW II General George C. Marshall taught officers at Fort Benning that the crucial issue on the battlefield is usually when a decision is made as much as what is the decision. I’ve learned that many founders ignore this all-important dimension of time as …

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People don’t follow someone who is leading from the couch.

Ben Dyer

All of us get to make a daily decision about how we will approach our tasks for the day. There has been much written recently about beginning each day with a sense of gratitude; that’s certainly great wisdom for enjoying life more fully. However, …

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Previous essays in this series have focused on deciding to start and deciding to stop. The latter concluded with a promise to discuss some alternatives to a dead stop when all seems lost. I’ve talked with a half dozen startups in this very boat …

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Startups provide both the luxury and the risk of having very little data on which to base the important early decisions. A business model must be created out of whole cloth, and generally it’s a compilation of assumptions piled on top of other assumptions. …

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One difficult part in startup decision making is choosing the decisions to make. Some may be obvious, but many have the effect of trying to fix things that aren’t broken. Let’s take the example that you’re missing your sales targets. Do you make changes …

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An excellent article in The New York Times on August 19, 2017 explored how creativity declines  as we age. The authors described how we grow from a stage of exploration in early years to later years of exploitation of the knowledge we have accumulated. …

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This is the second installment on startup founders making decisions with a deeply ingrained sense of context. In episode one we covered hiring, compensation, cap table, investors, board and governance, and self-awareness. Here comes a half-dozen more. My previous essay on this topic included …

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