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How to Grow Your Business in a Downturn - Part 7

In our previous posts, we've talked about three tectonic shifts that define our current context; two insights based upon rigorous analysis of what happens before, during, and after a recession; the stresses in our current recession, the winning strategy; a strategic framework we •••

How to Grow Your Business in a Downturn - Part 6

In our previous posts, we've talked about three tectonic shifts that define our current context, two insights based upon rigorous analysis of what happens before, during, and after a recession, the stresses in our current recession, the winning strategy, •••

How to Grow Your Business in a Downturn - Part 5

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at three tectonic shifts that define our current context, in Part 2 we looked at two insights based upon rigorous analysis of what happens before, during, and after a recession, Part 3 we looked at the stresses in our current recession •••

How to Grow Your Business in a Downturn - Part 4

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at three tectonic shifts that define our current context, in Part 2, we looked at two insights based upon rigorous analysis of what happens before, during, and after a recession, and in Part 3 we looked at the stresses in our current recession to get a •••

How to Grow Your Business in a Downturn - Part 3

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at three tectonic shifts that define our current context and in Part 2 of this series, we looked at two insights based upon rigorous analysis of what happens before, during, and after a recession. In this post, we will look at the •••

How to Grow Your Business in a Downturn - Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at three tectonic shifts that define our current context. In this post, we will look at two insights based upon rigorous analysis of what happens before, during, and after a recession.Insight #1 – According to analysis by the Boston Consulting Group, •••

How to Grow Your Business in a Downturn - Part 1

In order for us to fully understand the state of the “new normal” for business and how that impacts how we can grow our companies in a downturn I’d like to start out this blog series by looking at the current context, then we will look at some stunning insights into what happens before, •••

Three Google Tools to Check Before Starting a Business

A very good article of how to quickly target your market and message:I don’t take time for a SWOT analysis and fifty page marketing plans. I don’t hire marketing MBA’s who learned about advertising and tested focus groups in college. Why do that when there are tools that can tell you •••

Timeless Investment Wisdom

From the latest Adam Smith Advisors wealth management newsletter.  Great advice...These timeless bits of investment wisdom are as true today as they were 100 or 1,000 years ago, and we think they will still be true 100 years from now. We believe that people who follow these simple common •••

Cloud Computing -- Opportunity or Liability?

From the Boston Consulting Group's latest "Perspectives"...The Conventional View: Cloud computing offers companies sizable potential advantages, chief among them being lower costs and greater flexibility. But the risks of “the cloud,” including the potential compromise of sensitive business •••

M-Commerce: Mobile Commerce at a Tipping Point

From the Boston Consulting Group's latest "Perspectives"...The Conventional View: Mobile commerce will be the “next big thing” to transform retailing, but it’s a slow evolution—something that’s been talked about for years and still has a long way to go before it leads to a massive shift •••

Social Media: The Stereotype Shattered

From the Boston Consulting Group's latest "Perspectives"...The Conventional View: Social media have moved into the mainstream, but many in the business world still typecast the typical user as young, Western, and more than likely completely self-absorbed.My View: It’s a new year and a good •••

Mobile: The Latest Technology Disruption

Mobile internet computing is going to disrupt desktop internet computing in the same way that......desktop internet computing disrupted personal computing in the same way that......personal computing disrupted mini computing in the same way that......mini computing disrupted mainframe •••

Are You Selling Product or Are You Selling Stock?

As an entrepreneur, your most precious resource is your time and how you invest it. You can invest your time trying to get customers (by solving their problems) and/or you can invest your time trying to get investors. The more time you spend getting customers (selling your product), the less time •••

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: The Truth about Jobs

Obama talks about creating “jobs”. Politicians love to promise more “jobs”.  Pundits worry about mergers destroying “jobs”.  Workers don’t want “jobs” to move overseas.  And on and on, ad nauseum.  But only entrepreneurs and growing companies can •••

A Lucid Explanation on the Cause of the Housing Crisis and the Current Economy

My undergrad degree was economics and I can vouch for the fact that academics do indeed push Keynesian policies even though they are a proven failure... •••

Words of Wisdom from Howard Schultz

Howard Schultz has done an amazing job of turning Starbucks around in the past few years since returning to the helm as CEO (the stock has risen from a low of $7.83 in late 2008 (the year of his return) to a current price of $40.35).  He chronicles that turnaround story in his recent •••

The Anatomy of a Successful Startup

This short video is an overview of one of my successful ventures with a discussion of the overall timeline, how the company was launched, the results to date, and a few lessons learned. •••

The Secret to Coming Up with the Big Idea

This short video explains the best way to come up with a breakthrough idea for a new business or new offering for an existing business: •••

$3 Million Prize for the Best Analytics

From a story in the Wall Street Journal:Amid a larger effort to use medical data to improve health care, one company is trying something new: offering $3 million in prize money for the algorithm that can best predict when people are likely to be sent to the hospital.The algorithm contest, •••

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