Domain Experts Requested with No Technical Co-Founder

Originally posted on David Cummings on Startups:
One of the ongoing questions in the startup world is around the importance of having a technical co-founder. The idea is that by having a strong technical person on the founding team, the startup will be able to move faster, make more intelligent architectural decisions, and build a…

5 Steps to Startup Success in 30 Words

Originally posted on David Cummings on Startups:
Earlier today I was talking to a student about entrepreneurship. Naturally, he was very focused on the traditional model of identifying a problem, writing a business plan, building a product, and finally talking to customers. I told him that everything he was doing was backwards except for identifying…

When Disaster Strikes: Creating a Business Continuity Plan

Originally posted on The Turnaround Authority:
The pipes in the office on the floor above yours burst and your entire floor is flooded and all the computer equipment is destroyed. There is a weeklong ice storm that shuts down the power in your building and no one can work there until it is restored. There…

Getting Involved in the Atlanta Startup Community

Originally posted on David Cummings on Startups:
On a regular basis I talk to someone that wants to be an entrepreneur or wants to help entrepreneurs. I like to ask what steps they’ve taken to make that happen and there usually isn’t as much concrete progress as I would hope. My response is always the…

Business Model Generation

In the world of technology startups, four ideas/books seem to be quite influential: Business Model Generation, Steve Blank‘s Customer Development model, Eric Ries’ The Lean Startup, and Agile Development.  I’m not a technology guy, but they talk about launching companies often and with abandon.  What can we learn from them that we can apply to […]

Four Areas for New Venture Success

We’re starting a new venture; rather, we are in the process of spinning off some transportation operations into it’s own company.  We’ll be in the transportation space, so it’s a service that everyone needs (but will anyone pay for it?).  There’s lots of competition: planes, trains, and automobiles.  We’ll be focusing more on non-emergency medical […]

Partners

A while back, a colleague invited me to partner with her in her business. I was intrigued by the possibility, but ultimately decided not to do it.  The key morsel of advice came from my attorney, who begged me: “Don’t do it!”  I’ve been thinking further about the partner/no partner question: Does the partner bring something to the table […]

Interests

I’ve been thinking a bit about topics for this blog. David Cummings writes a great blog about technology startups. It’s at times analytical and promotional, always thoughtful and insightful. But, while I tend to analyze business, my experience is in healthcare and in person centered businesses. Johnson Cook’s blog is full of energy. It reflects […]

Thoughts on Blogging

So, this is my second blog post.  Over the last few days, I’ve been looking around at a number of other bloggers.  Some of my favorite bloggers are Johnson Cook (www.johnsoncook.com), David Cummings (www.davidcummings.org), and Matt Candler (4.0schools.org).  I’m just starting this process. Despite the last blog topic coming from an American Express article, I […]