Tag: leadership

Why Failure is good for Startup Founders. - Reagan Pollack

Why You Need to Fail

Failure is not a final destination (unless you choose it to be) — failure is an endless journey that moves us continually, and uncomfortably forward, not backwards. Every entrepreneur with a failure under his/her belt has at least a half dozen excuses for why the dream just never materialized. Shoulda, coulda, woulda…dissolved. Failure is a …

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 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 …

Startup Tip of the Day - Creating an Innovative Corporate Culture - Reagan Pollack

How to Build Innovation into Every Aspect of Your Company

Happy Thursday Founders 🙌🏽 ✍🏽Here’s your Startup Tip of the Day: Innovation should never be a siloed appendage; it must be a systemic attribute. What the f*ck does that mean? 👀 Founders and managers, listen up.🤫 💡If you don’t breed entrepreneurial thought & action into every area of your company – from the warehouse packaging …

The Secret to Being a Great Founder - Reagan Pollack

The Startup Secret No One Wants You To Know

The best founders listen 2-3X more than they talk. Are you listening to your customers, suppliers, investors, and employees? How deeply are you truly listening? Listen without judgement takes patience, and also radical candor. Much of what you hear might not suit your initial assumptions, or be in alignment with your vision, plan or ego. …

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 …

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 …

Who knows what’s good and what’s bad?

[chapter below is from Zen Golf – Mastering the Mental Game – by Dr. Joseph Parent] Long ago, there was an old farmer living on the outskirts of a little village. He was quite poor, possessing only a small piece of land, a small house in which he lived with his only son, and one horse. One …

Why tiny actions deserve BIG recognition

Every company, of every kind, runs on one ingredient — human capital. From the entry-level analyst at an investment firm, to a mid level regional sales manager at a consumer products chain, to even the upper echelon of a C-suite executive at a Fortune 500 firm — the DNA where culture is sowed, and profits are harvested, …