Derek Sivers: How to Start a Movement

In February 2010 Derek Sivers gave a great talk on “How to Start a Movement” that offered some important tips for leaders and but offered the surprising conclusion that concluded that the most important and underappreciated key to a successful movement was the follower’s courage to follow and ability to [...]

Entrepreneurial Mindset: Create Value For Others

Creating value for others is the core of the entrepreneurial mindset. It enables the exchange of value that fuels entrepreneur’s efforts to bring new ideas and products to market. Dan Sullivan: Entrepreneurs Make Two Decisions In “The Great Crossover,” Dan Sullivan offers the following insight on entrepreneurial mindset: Successful entrepreneurs differ [...]

Start With a List of Customers and Problems That Build on Your Experience and Relationships

"Start building network, blog, educating 1 year before you make the leap. Build community. The first sales will always be to friends. Make those friends." Conor Neill in "Entrepreneur: Start a year before you Start" I think Conor Neill offers this is a great framing for the need to identify the [...]

By | 2015-01-14T20:56:35+00:00 August 1st, 2014|1 Idea Stage, Community of Practice|1 Comment

Circle the Chairs

Brian Fuller had an interesting blog post on why you should circle the chairs in a meeting to increase audience participation at "Industry events need to get more social." Panels and speeches at events are the live equivalent of newspaper publishing: We talk, you listen. Newspapers and magazines have been [...]

By | 2018-08-04T12:49:07+00:00 May 12th, 2014|Community of Practice, skmurphy|4 Comments

Recap From Nov-20-2103 MVP Clinic

Overview: This MVP clinic helps two very different people facing analogous situations: one is a researcher looking for action research topics in the KM4Dev community, the other is an entrepreneur who wants to make athletic contests more engaging for contestants and the audience by providing more information that is mobile [...]

MVP: What’s Really Under Your Control

We use this definition in our "Engineering Your Sales" and "Validating Your MVP" workshops and our MVP clinics. Our focus is on developing and selling products to businesses so that biases the definition a little bit but it's important to remember what's under your control in crafting your MVP: The [...]

Tribes and Traction

Question: I’m reading Seth Godin’s Tribes book, what role do you think tribes play for startups? For context, we are in crunch time at my startup. We have a few part-time engineers and have soft-circled first half of angel round. Morale is still very high but have lots on our [...]

By | 2016-08-09T14:56:38+00:00 January 9th, 2013|Community of Practice, skmurphy|1 Comment

Entrepreneurs Need a Community of Practice Not a Movement

Entrepreneurs need a community of practice to improve their skills, not a movement they can join as a fad. I don’t consider myself a disciple or part of a movement. I consider myself a practitioner. I am a huge fan of Saras Sarasvathy, Clayton Christensen, Peter Drucker, Gary Klein, and Gerald [...]