Pierre Khawand’s Results Curve

Pierre Khawand has an intriguing E-book out "The Results Curve™: How to Manage Focused and Collaborative Time" that makes the following suggestions for increasing your personal effectiveness in the face of the plethora of sources for interruption and distraction we can leave ourselves vulnerable to if we are not careful. [...]

By | 2014-03-25T21:15:04+00:00 July 30th, 2010|Rules of Thumb, skmurphy|0 Comments

Summer Reading For August 2010

This summer vacation I will be reading Teaming Up: The Small Business Guide to Collaborating With Others to Boost Your Earnings and Expand Your Horizons by Paul Edwards (Author), and  Sarah Edwards (Author) Looking for a business book to read on upcoming summer trip? Here are a couple more ideas: [...]

By | 2010-07-22T12:49:28+00:00 July 21st, 2010|skmurphy|1 Comment

Startup Business Development at July 20 Bootstrapper Breakfast

Mark Florant joins us as a guest speaker this Tuesday's Bootstrapper Breakfast® at Coco's in Sunnyvale. He will talk about business development for early stage startups. Mark will share some lessons learned working with early stage startups, including three he is currently assisting with sales and market development: Aquabella Organics,  [...]

By | 2010-07-18T22:17:40+00:00 July 18th, 2010|Events, skmurphy|0 Comments

Four Movies To Renew Your Gumption

Here are four movies that I watch when I need to refill my gumption or recover my sisu. The Verdict Paul Newman's portrays of an alcoholic plaintiff's attorney chasing lawsuits by attending wakes and funerals, he re-discovers his moral core and perseveres in a complex medical malpractice lawsuit. Near the [...]

Experiments Vs. Commitments

Seth Godin's post today on "A Hierarchy of Failure Worth Having"  crystallized one of my concerns with some recent startup practices. Godin outlines the following desirable hierarchy of failures: FAIL OFTEN: Ideas that challenge the status quo. Proposals. Brainstorms. Concepts that open doors. FAIL FREQUENTLY: Prototypes. Spreadsheets. Sample ads and [...]

By | 2010-07-17T12:29:20+00:00 July 16th, 2010|Customer Development|6 Comments

DreamSimplicity Interviews Sean Murphy

I was recently interviewed by Floyd Tucker of DreamSimplicity Marketplace and the interview can be seen below and on DreamSimplicity.com. We talk about how even though each startup team is unique, they have a common set of milestones they have to achieve to move from idea to revenue. We also [...]