Fixing Mental Health and Finding our Way to More High-Performers

Why is self-acceptance so hard (for me)? Why is the very idea that we are not enough so prevalent in our culture, our afflicted society? And why do so many high-performers struggle with feelings of inadequacy? Not successful enough, rich enough, famous enough…

Many books have been written on the subject, and many more will be. But what about me? What about you? Self-help books are great for ‘the masses,’ but I’m different. I’m special, unique. Isn’t that what we’re all told growing up? And in many ways, it isn’t wrong. …


An Entrepreneurs Guide to Scalable Business Growth

“Do things that don’t scale.” -Paul Graham

Worse. Advice. Ever…

Depending on the stage and size of your business, this mentality could spell disaster. The further along your business is, the less this applies to you.

Yet it’s something ALL entrepreneurs struggle with. We’re ADD. We focus on the things we like doing, or worse yet, the ones that are easy. We write the blog posts, share on social, make flyers, cold-call customers…

That’s called a job, not a business. If you’re essential to your company, you’re an employee, not an entrepreneur. There is nothing wrong with that. …


Source: TechCrunch

How companies copy others to create creative value and progress

Other Title Alternatives:

  1. How Copycats Steal Better Business Models

2. Creative Copying and Why Entrepreneurs Should Embrace It

“There’s nothing new under the sun.”

We’ve all heard it... but what then is creativity, what is inspiration? Is it the artist or entrepreneur creating something completely unique, or combining previously separate things in new and innovative ways?

Does it matter?

Whoever said creativity was the key to success? The starving artist is a trope for a reason. And while people HATE Zuckerberg for copying Snapchat down to the pixel, was it the wrong choice? Today Instagram’s killing Snap, crushing the market and on pace to outperform/outvalue its parent company in the next few years. …


The Pros and Cons of Bootstrapping and Venture Funding

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, at least not in the cutthroat world of venture capital. VCs (and most angel investors) are in the business of making money work, big time ROIs. And if you take outside funding, you’re obligated to deliver.

But still, free money… it’s so tempting, especially if a VC-backed competitor could come in and kick the crap out of your company in a race to market.

So inevitably, the question all founders face is: Do you take outside funding? And if so, from whom?

It can be overwhelming. Where do you even get started?

When it comes to the types of investors, here’s a supplemental article on the pros and cons of angels, VCs and syndicate. …


The Simple Formula for Funding, Growth, Sales and More…

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re either: a) a founder/CEO or b) someone considering starting a company. Either way, if you want to build something big and lasting, this is for you.

There are many formulas for business success, but many more pitfalls. There’s a reason 70–90% of businesses fail (depending on your source).

To avoid the obstacles, and make scaling/fundraising/growth etc… easier, here are eight all-important questions you MUST answer.

NOTE: This isn’t some stupid top ten list. This is a quiz, and your company’s future depends on your ability to answer.

So, take five or ten minutes from putting out fires to ask yourself. WRITE DOWN YOUR ANSWERS. I dare you. If you don’t think it’s the best ten minutes you spent today and understand your business better because of it, I’d be shocked. …


Why Charity is Dead and How to Fix It

When was the last time you donated money to charity? If you are like the average person, it has been a while. There is good news though, it isn’t entirely your fault.

Charities are an outdated and ineffective model in today’s world, and not for the reasons you may think. It isn’t the bureaucracy, it isn’t the overhead costs… it is the public perception.

The way we humans view charities is completely broken. Let me explain.

The double standard

Charities and nonprofits suffer from incredible biases, making them ineffective. When you (or I) donate money, we want those funds to be used serving the people/cause. We don’t want our hard-earned dollars covering organizational expenses. …


“The battle between every startup and incumbent comes down to whether the startup gets distribution before the incumbent gets innovation.” — Alex Rampell, a16z

The only question, will you win that race? And for Fortune 500 companies with everything on the line, that’s a costly question indeed. Yet so often, incumbents fail to innovate and fall hard.

Worse still, some like Kodak that avoid disruptive innovation, ultimately spelling their demise.

But if you were Kodak, would YOU really cannibalize the 72% of your revenue comes from film? Wall Street would eat you alive.

So, how do you do it? Are all incumbents destined to fall? …


Creating Elite Entrepreneurs and High-Performing Founders

Growing up, I played sports… lots of them. I loved basketball and soccer, and my dad always coached our teams. It was the best…

At the same time, it didn’t last. I quickly reached a level (and age) where his expertise and knowledge were outclassed by the players he was coaching. I’d reached the ‘ceiling’ of his ability to help.

And we all go through phases like this: both as the player and the coach. We reach a point in our development (be that personal or professional) where we’re not sure where to go next, or what to do. The guitarist can only get so far by ‘winging it.’ …


The 2nd Platform Wars — Android vs China

This started as a thought experiment, a devil’s advocate to the question: Is mobile a done deal, or is there more to the story?

We’ve had Google vs. Apple. Are we in for another heavyweight slugfest?

I think so…

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know tensions are at an all-time high between the US and China. The trade war, Huawei, spying, the horrific Hong Kong protests… Things are not shaping up well for collaborative economies.

That’s a problem, especially as so much of both countries’ economies are built upon mutually beneficial trade. …


Stand for something, choose a set of values, and have an archenemy

Photo by Bernard Hermant on Unsplash

Two things matter when building a business: acquiring customers and retaining them (and/or your dominant position). Everything else is icing on the cake.

Today we’re discussing both, and how to build your business from the beginning for a flywheel of success.

In a word: Authenticity.

Authenticity

Seem counterintuitive? It is.

The thing is, most businesses are full of crap. Their mission statements are full of rainbows and unicorns while they cut corners on quality, customer service, employee rights. They ain’t practicing what they preach.

Customers and employees see right through this: Cable companies couldn’t give two shits about us, and Facebook’s the anti-social company. …

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Matt Ward

Investor, Startup Advisor & CEO/Business Coach: mattward.io | Sci-Fi Author: mattwardwrites.com | Futurist Tech Podcaster: disruptors.fm | 3 Exits @mattwardio

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