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How Entrepreneurs Can Avoid the “Automate Later” Trap

As an entrepreneur, it is easy to fall into the “automate later” trap. You focus on revenue without thinking about all the things you need to do to service that revenue.  The attitude is that you’ll figure it out as you go, you’ll be lean,...

Highlights on Richard Nixon from Evan Thomas’s Being Nixon

Like a lot of people, I find Richard Nixon to be a fascinating president, and I just finished reading Evan Thomas’s new book, Being Nixon, which successfully gave me a more full picture of Nixon as President and person. Here are some of the highlights: Nixon had...

Advertising as a Calling

Advertising is not generally thought of as a “calling” or a noble profession.  But it should be, because advertisers compete for attention, which is the most valuable thing we have, and advertisers should remember this. Will Visit Ad Agency...

The Difference Between a Story and a Sequence of Events

One of the best ways to make something memorable is to turn it into a story. I once heard about a CEO who threatened to fire any employee who made a request without saying why they were making the request.  This is a bit harsh, but he was actually telling his...

The Milestones I Care About As An Entrepreneur

Some people think that getting venture capital is a mark of success.  In my opinion, VC funding by itself means nothing, except perhaps as a bit of third party validation that someone other than you thinks that your company has a big future. As the owner of a services...