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Better is better than new.

Beef jerky might be the oldest form of prepared food. But that doesn’t mean that entrepreneurs can’t find a new way to make it special. The folks at are doing delicious things with star chefs (sriracha honey!) — along with a lot of clever marketing. (They sent me some excellent samples – check out […]

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Hi! I’m back.

I haven’t written my daily blog posts in a few months, but I’m back, and plan to hit it regularly again. This is my biggest break since I started writing in 2001, and I’m glad I did it. I had a lot of deep strategic and marketing writing to do for the company, so I […]

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How many perspectives do you have

Problems always get easier when you look at them in more than one way.  If you and your coworkers think alike, you’re going to miss things that are obvious to folks with other backgrounds. Example: My engineer father-in-law sorted out all these puzzle pieces by shape. I would have done color.  Who is missing from […]

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I shouldn’t have said yes to that.

I agreed to do a quick webinar. It wasn’t hard and I’ll get some nice exposure. But the hour I spent prepping for it was an hour I didn’t spend on my business. But I used up that creative energy on a one-time promo instead of building long-term systems. There was something else I could […]

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One of the most important productivity tips you’ll ever get

“If you’re working from your inbox, you’re working on other people’s priorities.” (From Donald Rumsfeld’s new book. Not a source I usually turn to, but important advice.) Whatever you decided to prioritize today — you should do that. If you stop doing what you chose to do because somebody just decided to email you, you’re […]

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Anatomy of a failure — Every entrepreneur should read this

This might be the most interesting thing that I have read all month.Grasshopper shared the story of how they launched, and closed, a new product line. There is a lesson for every business here. The Spreadable Story: Why We Shut Down a Business That Was Making Money & Getting New Customers Every Day Many people […]

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The entrepreneur’s decision time

A friend is deep in a startup that isn’t going as expected. He’s out of money, and he’s exhausted. He has some choices: Switch to a lean-and-mean, do-it-with-three-people-and-no-cash strategy around the original vision. Or shut it down. Or focus on customer acquisition to get it big enough to sell (and bet it all on a […]

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How to know if you should be an entrepreneur

If you don’t find Inc. Magazine completely fascinating and relevant to you, you’re probably not right for the entrepreneurial life. Norm Brodsky, Jason Fried, Leigh Buchanan, Meg Hirshberg, and Jane Berentson talk about the minutia of life in a small business. The tiniest things. Which, of course, is what it’s all about. Entrepreneurship isn’t about […]

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Newsletter #841: The “Teach Them” Issue

[Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] When you create educational opportunities, you can reach new audiences, find new talent, and help great causes. How a few […]

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