Startup Adoption vs. Invention

There is a myth in the startup community that, “a startup’s core idea must originate with the founding team.” Current dogma says that without the original inspiration, ownership of thought and core IP, the leadership won’t have staying power. I call this a myth because it is propped up by stories, not stats. Startup Studios and Venture Builders, which often have much higher success rates than other startup ecosystems, rely on the fact that great entrepreneurs can adopt inventions better…

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Entrepreneurial Stress

Imagine lying awake at night, knowing that the fate of the world rests on your shoulders. Either you succeed and humanity gains the ability to reduce a major pain – or you fail and we soldier on as we’ve always done. This is the pressure of founding a startup. On the upside, we have hope and a shot at improving the world around us. On the downside, we have a crushing responsibility and challenge after challenge standing in our way. At Boulder BITS, I help awesome entrepreneurs harness the upside and work through the…

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Indestructible Teams

Strong startup teams are one of the greatest resources we have on Earth. They create new realities, efficiencies, and global benefits (both physical and digital). Yet, grouping individual entrepreneurs into powerful teams has a ridiculously low success rate. As a CEO of a startup studio, it is my responsibility to form and invest in teams to execute scalable startup solutions. I view forming teams like blacksmithing, something I dabbled in as a teen. You can’t mold a team too quickly or it will crack. You have to repeatedly change the environment from extreme hot…

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A More Resilient Startup

I’m a huge fan of the “ropeadope.” If you’re not familiar with this boxing term, go watch Muhammad Ali’s 1974 victory over the world champion, George Foreman. In this amazing match, Ali tricked his opponent by leaning against the ropes until George Forman punched himself into exhaustion. He used a previously unknown advantage – the elastic ropes absorb most of the energy from an opponent’s punches. While the blows come in very different forms when you run a startup, you’ll want to consider which advantages will help you stay on your feet and…

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