Simon: All right, everybody. Welcome Sprinters! Welcome to the Strategy Show. We have a special guest today, an entrepreneur who did the whole thing. He started, he founded, he grew, he scaled. And we can ask him a lot of questions on what to do, when to give up, when to not give up and especially how to scale with success. We will hear the success story of his company, Phrase.com and we can ask all the questions that we have on our journey to successful entrepreneurship. So hello Frederik.
“Money, Honey!” Book link
Simon: Let’s think of the founder. She founded the company. It’s going well. We have a survey at the beginning of the relationship with a client, which asks for the basic facts and their finances. And one question is, what’s your CEO salary? And the answer is often that they don’t have a CEO salary. So first they use their company as a piggy bank and that has more repercussions. One is that when they tell you their profit rate, they are not telling the profit rate because they…
Simon: Now we go to the part what should we do: the investment tips.
Larissa: One of them is to definitely start as soon as possible. Even if it is with a small amount because the learning curve is quite long. You’re very likely to make a lot of mistakes in your first three to five years of investing, especially if you’re a complete novice. If you haven’t studied finance, if you don’t know anything about the capital markets, then it’s best to make those mistakes with a few thousand euros rather than…
Larissa: Hello Sprinters! My name is Larissa Kravitz and today we will be talking about investments and finance as an entrepreneur. We’ll look at the five biggest mistakes to avoid when investing as a private individual. We’ll also talk about the do’s of investing, not just as a private individual but also as a corporation. And how to structure finance within your company, be it a fast turnover software, or a service or a consultancy business. …
Simon: Welcome everybody to the Strategy Show! This is part three of our interview with Douglas Ferguson from Voltage Control. This time we are going to deep dive into how storytelling can enhance innovation. Hi Douglas, how are you?
Douglas: I’m doing well. How are you?
Simon: Fine thanks! What can we learn from narratives and innovation?
Douglas: Story: Early on in Voltage Control as we were starting to bring workshops and Design Sprints and other innovation workshops into corporates, I had a CEO purchase a Design Sprint. He wasn’t able to…
Simon: Welcome everybody to the Strategy Show. This is the second part of our interview with Douglas Ferguson from Voltage Control. This time we’re talking about how to Have Better Meetings. Welcome Douglas!
Simon: How are you?
Douglas: Doing well.
Simon: So Douglas, last time we thought and talked about the Design Sprint. It entails one big question, that we want to solve it in five days, with around seven people. It’s highly relevant to the strategic matter and we can solve it in five days. But, now let’s talk…
“People often wait around for the “perfect” data.” — Douglas Ferguson
Simon: Hello everybody!
Welcome to the Strategy Show!
In this episode we are going to interview Douglas Ferguson.
Simon: In this series, we are going to cover three topics: The Sprint Mindset, How to have better meetings, and Innovation Narratives. Welcome to the show Douglas! Where are you right now?
Douglas: I’m in Austin, Texas and it’s a little chilly.
Simon: Can you describe a little bit of what you do to our audience?
“Hi Simon, this is Alex from Oakland. We try to measure the team progress every week, as you say, but it’s a mess. Guess we have way too many KPIs that we track, and maybe not even the most relevant ones. In an ideal world, which KPIs should we track? (as simply as possible, please!)”
“It’s much easier now to set up a program and compete.” — Simon Severino
“How much does it cost to acquire the customer, how much does it cost to fulfill, and what is the lifetime…
Hi Simon this is Fred from Atlanta. We are blessed, having 7 kids. It is so much love… and affection…. But I only have 3 hours a day for my work. Growing my business in such a short time is too darn hard. When talking about focus, what is the best way to identify the most important stuff?
The Parts of a Business (0:40)
The Attract phase is where people usually see your offering for the first time. It’s an introduction to you and your business. (0:46)
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