Tag: startups

Are You Waiting for Passion to Strike?

Most folks want to feel passion in their work, and don’t want to necessarily own or run a big business with thousands of employee headaches, board meetings, earnings calls and compliance requirements. They don’t want the endless hiring, the gut wrenching firing, the page after page HR compliance paperwork, or the “How the hell am …

Founders Fumble - Reagan Pollack

The Founder’s Fumble

When I was 20, I launched my first Internet company out of my dorm room. The idea was simple – solve the pain for emerging, un-signed music artists struggling to get ahead in their careers in the music industry, by connecting them with record labels, managers, publishers, agents, venues and music studios on one platform. …

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 …

When your startup just won’t pivot. Hint: It ain’t your startup’s fault.

Most entrepreneurial dreams start out the same way — a kernel of an idea meets initial exploration of market need with a few conversations, followed by months of development, self-funding, promotion and ultimately stagnation. Why? Because we’re just too damn rigid to pivot. Why admit that our beautiful product, service or experience just hasn’t found …