02/23/15

Entrepreneurial Privilege — Celebrate It But Medicate It

Big Red Car here. It is freakin’ cold in the ATX. It is 32F and it feels like 25F. We are hot house Texas tomatoes. We are not this tuff. Please, God, deliver us from this evil.

Hell, ain’t nothing for a climber. Brrrrr!

So The Boss hears a damn good sermon at church on Sunday that gets him thinking about several subjects. One of them is the privilege y’all receive as entrepreneurs. Let’s talk about it. Continue reading

02/20/15

Entrepreneurial Storytelling

Big Red Car here. It’s going to be another nice day in the ATX. Going to be 72F — remember to wear a dab of sunscreen on your daily outing.

Folks in NYC and Boston don’t realize we’ve got our own problems but then we do have sunscreen. The only thing you can really count on in life — sunscreen.

So The Boss is talking to a couple of up and coming entrepreneurs. They get talking about Vision, Mission, Strategy, Tactics, Objectives, Values and Culture. [Boring, Boss, boring! Get a new shtick. Haha, don't tell The Boss.] Continue reading

01/24/15

The US Marine Corps, A Clear Startup Vision

Big Red Car here. Glorious day dawning in the ATX — sun rising making the sky blue and pink, filled with splendor. Rain gone for a while. In the mid-30s and headed for the mid-60s.

On Earth as it is in Texas!

So, The Boss gets a copy of the new Marine Commandant’s Planning Guidance for 2015. The Commandant is the head of the Marine Corps and he is a warrior chieftain. Continue reading

01/3/15

There Can Be Only One — Lessons From Oregon v Florida State

You know the Big Red Car loves a good athletic contest — Texas v Oklahoma, Tar Heels v Duke. The recent Oregon [not Oregon State, Oregon] v Florida State game was such a contest.

As a startup CEO or a wannabe startup CEO or C suite person, there is much to learn from the recent contest. Read on, beloved reader, read on. Continue reading

10/11/14

You Will Not Be A Startup Forever

Big Red Car here in the ATX and it’s ACL weekend #2, y’all. Austin City Limits is a huge music festival at Zilker Park which attracts 2.5 million fans annually — OK, that’s a lie it just seems like two and a half million. It’s a lot of people. In the old days when it was in September it used to be hot, dusty and dangerous. Now it’s in October and seems to attract torrential rains and frogs. Oh, well.

So The Boss was talking to four different CEOs and they got on the subject of when do you stop being a gangly, colt legged startup whose every transgression against common sense can be blamed on — It’s a startup, y’all! — and become a real company with real revenue and grown up leadership and management? Continue reading