Tag: entrepreneurship

How to stop overthinking your startup - Reagan Pollack - Entrepreneur

Why Overthinking Kills Your Startup

Startup Tip of the Day:   For most first time entrepreneurs, it’s fairly common that 98% of them spend months and months (sometimes years even) marinating on their “big” idea, but fail to get it going.   How come?   They write the 50 page business plan.   They build the 5 year proforma statements …

How to Scale your Startup - Reagan Pollack

The Scaling Startup

Here’s your Startup Tip of the Day 🚀 For the majority of new founders I speak with and/or advise, the thought of actually launching a new company is the big ‘thing’ – the culmination of countless hours of work that ends in the launch of a new product, service or experience. But after 4 startups, I …

How to Focus on What Matters Most in Your Startup

Here’s your Startup Tip of the Day:   It’s easy to be excited when you’re in the trenches of a new startup. The fresh office paint, the new sign hanging outside of your office door, the stack of printed résumés seeking a slice of the dream and an option at equity, and the creation of …

Hello, I’m Rejection

Here’s your Startup Tip of the Day (that no one is going to tell you about but me):   Founders, meet Rejection.   • From the ever popular, yet unoriginally benign “I think I’m going to pass”, “Thanks, but no thanks”, “This just isn’t a fit for us right now”, and “I think we are …

Startup Tip of the Day - Good Idea - Founder - Entrepreneur - Reagan Pollack

Why Great Startups Win with Average Ideas

☝🏼What makes an idea a great business is often not the idea. You heard that right. While everyone’s out there hunting for the next Uber, Airbnb, Google or Alibaba, the real entrepreneurs are busy testing new concepts instead of dreaming, writing business plans, and overthinking the crap out of everything. Entrepreneur = Average Idea + …

Stories Sell. Features Don’t.

Happy Friday everyone! Today’s Startup Tip of the Day comes to you from my personal experience running my own startups over the past decade. 💡TIP OF THE DAY💡: STORIES SELL. FEATURES DON’T. There is a distinctive difference between a company that symbolizes something greater than the sum of their parts, and a company that just …

The Top 10 Startup Flavors of Failure

PICK YOUR FLAVOR OF FAILURE:   A common fallacy among observers of entrepreneurship is that they believe that startup failure happens at the end — the culmination of a series of compounding bad decisions that leads to a singular outcome — namely dissolution. That’s not accurate. Failure happens at virtually every stage of a company, …

Lessons in Entrepreneurship - Reagan Pollack

Ask yourself, why?

Lesson 1: Ask yourself, why?   You know, before we dive head first into the latest startup scaling strategies, financial tools and marketing mumbo jumbo, we’ve got to address the big elephant in the room — you.   Entrepreneurs, by definition, are a different breed. They think differently (often against the suggestions of others to …

How to hire a co-founder for your startup company - reagan pollack

The Solopreneur vs the Co-Founder Startup

What makes for the best performing startup: a single founder or a small team of co-founders? In my advisory role for startup companies, I often see solopreneurs (a one person operation) dream up a big, bold idea, and get only so far with their concept. Conversely, I see teams of two co-founders get together, forge …

What’s in your head? Only your startup’s future.

Monday, 6:35am: Monday rolls around, you wake up, grab your iPhone, quickly scan through 50 or so email subjects that have already been delivered in the wee hours of the morning — you are, after all, a startup founder based in San Francisco, California — the world seems to always get the early worm, leaving …