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jlnesheim
Author (High Tech Start Up) (The Power of Unfair Advantage), Entrepreneurship teacher for Cornell University and Coach to CEOs of start-ups.
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Good things can come from your Dark Times. Those range from returning to productive days at work, to learning your early warning signs and thus operating a healthy lifestyle on and off the job. Ponder the following – I’ve seen... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2020 at Nesheim Online Blog
This section is aimed at helping you cope during the worst of times as an entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur you probably have a reputation for working intensely, driving yourself and others to attempt the impossible. You likely work in a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2020 at Nesheim Online Blog
REPLACED The odds are very high that a founder CEO will be replaced. Be careful, be ready. I’ve seen it happen often. It occurs like this: The board of directors calls you, the founder CEO, to a special in-person board... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2020 at Nesheim Online Blog
As difficult and just basically sad is a shutdown, there are ways to not make it worse. Below are listed some suggestions that may be helpful. My hope for you during the process of shutting down Is that you carry... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2020 at Nesheim Online Blog
As difficult and just basically sad is a shutdown, there are ways to not make it worse. Below are listed some suggestions that may be helpful. My hope for you during the process of shutting down Is that you carry... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2020 at Nesheim Online Blog
As difficult and just basically sad is a shutdown, there are ways to not make it worse. Below are listed some suggestions that may be helpful. My hope for you during the process of shutting down Is that you carry... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at Nesheim Online Blog
What Makes a Good Layoff There is a good way to do a startup layoff. Here are some tips from myself and veterans of the startup battlefield that I’ve had the privilege to work with. You never cut headcount too... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2020 at Nesheim Online Blog
Layoff Reactions of First-Timers 1. First Reaction: Delay Few first-time founders know when to initiate a layoff. As the shock of the bad situation sinks in, the fear blocks the CEO because few are prepared to do a layoff. Instead... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2020 at Nesheim Online Blog
There is an old adage “You’re not a real startup CEO until you’ve missed payroll.” That sounds draconian to first-timers, but veterans expect to encounters that trigger a sobering decision: sharply cut the burn rate by cutting a significant number... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2020 at Nesheim Online Blog
“Argh! This thing is not selling. It’s boring people to death!” Swift and clever action, bold and wise, can save the day. There are things you can do to turn around your stalled, threatened, sinking business. Serial entrepreneurs know what... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2020 at Nesheim Online Blog
“Argh! This thing is not selling. It’s boring people to death!” “You’ve got to be kidding! That startup just announced a product like ours? Argh! Then they are nearly a year ahead of us!” “What do you mean, you can’t... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2020 at Nesheim Online Blog
Giving Back Celebrating Victories Giving back is a simple and rewarding way to celebrate a victory. It rewards both giver and recipient. It’s an opportunity for you to set a high-quality example because so few entrepreneurs give back in meaningful... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2020 at Nesheim Online Blog
A Better Celebration Think about each victory celebration, small or large, as an opportunity to add an episode to your legacy, to continue to contribute to building the story of who you want people to remember as being the real... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2020 at Nesheim Online Blog
Heads Up! Celebrating company and individual victories calls for respect of the emotional power such events have on humans because therein is a dark side. A Silicon Valley therapist friend of mine says “The end result can be grandiosity, narcissism... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2020 at Nesheim Online Blog
At last! We did it! Time to celebrate! Victory is “an act of defeating an enemy or opponent in a battle, game, or other competition.” Celebrate is to “mark something by festivities or other deviation from routine.” Celebrating victories becomes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2020 at Nesheim Online Blog
Results & Accountability Results. Startup people have to deliver results. Accountability is the measure of results. When all the results are put together, that’s the outcome for the entire company. Thus, the entire company holds each person responsible for the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2019 at Nesheim Online Blog
“Wahoo! At last I’m free! Now I can leave this meaningless job in this boring corporation to join an exciting startup and show what I’m really able to do.” The contrast between in a large company work life and start... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2019 at Nesheim Online Blog
A Silicon Valley pro and friend sent this to me today: “Hi John, Just a share. Caught tail (maybe a tale 😀) end of a tv interview of a guy claiming he had started many ‘successful startups.’ He was asked... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2019 at Nesheim Online Blog
Startup builders are special individuals, masters at moving a startup from chaos to managed growth. They’ve been there before and learned in the school of hard knocks. I think they are priceless, worth the extra effort required to find and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2019 at Nesheim Online Blog
It will happen. More than once. Many events can trigger a crisis. Perhaps it could be a very bad product review (“How could they say that?”). Or it might be a series of Tweets with misinformation (competitors actually do that).... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2019 at Nesheim Online Blog
Culture is the invisible guide to how your startup will win. It is about how things get done in your company. Your early hires will shape it, so pick them very carefully! When every employee (and contractor) understands your company’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2019 at Nesheim Online Blog
The early startup hires are the toughest to select well. Every new enterprise is hungry for people. The early hires shape each company’s long-term culture and make near-term decisions critical to executing its plan. Hiring the best talent is required... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2019 at Nesheim Online Blog
WOW! Your startup has to have it. Without it you are boring. Boring leads to closing the doors of your startup. An exciting product excites users who spread the word excitedly to more users who spread the word further. Word-of-mouth... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2019 at Nesheim Online Blog
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A startup’s prime objective is: “To become the gorilla of a new category.” Google = search Facebook = social networking. Uber = ridesharing. Twitter =microblogging (“short news”). You are branded – forever. Everyone knows what word or two your name... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2019 at Nesheim Online Blog
MANAGING YOUR STARTUP BOARD Second in a series – Who? Choose and Build Your Board Members Carefully Your first board management challenge begins on day one: Wisely picking your first board members. The board is instantly created on the day... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2019 at Nesheim Online Blog