Countless startups fail every year. But there are not countless reasons that they fail. “I’m talking to entrepreneurs three or four times a week, and they’re all coming to me with the exact same issues,” says Tarek Kamil, a serial entrepreneur with five launches under his belt (most recently, as founder and CEO of the […]
When it’s time to size up your opposition, consultant and author Becky Sheetz invokes the wisdom of ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu: Know your enemy, and know yourself. 1. Cultivate spies. Hire your competition’s top salespeople — or at least invite them for lunch, dinner or cocktails. “It’s a great conversational way to find […]
Jon King and Jim Stott founded Stonewall Kitchen, which is an almost $100 million business. But 25 years ago, the business (and life) partners began their company with a series of happy accidents.
Hey, wanna feel old? Great. Let me a get a startup exec. on the phone. [Ring, ring] Hi there. I’m trying to reach Elena Gorman, product marketing lead at HipChat, the group-chat and file-sharing company. [Waiting] Elena, hello! Question for you: What do you think of when I say the word telephone?
This story appears in the November 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Most people haven’t heard of a scrappy little ski company called Renoun, but we gave it a lot of space in this issue — a story about founder Cyrus Schenck. I bet you’re wondering: How did Schenck pull that off? I’m going to tell you. […]
Is your business under new ownership? These entrepreneurs who bought existing businesses share how they made updates while keeping loyalists happy.