04/28/19

Great Moments in Entrepreneurship

Bit gloomy in the ATX, but who doesn’t like a few clouds? So, I have been reading several interesting books about the American Revolution. Two of my favorites are Ron Chernow’s biographies on Washington and Hamilton. They are both worth a read. I have read them both at least three times, but I learn something new every time I re-read them.

If you think these are beach books, plan on at least three months at the beach.

In both of them, George Washington and Alexander Hamilton come up for detailed scrutiny of their role at the First Battle of Trenton whereat George Washington undertook a Christmas Day, double envelopment, river crossing and attack on the Hessians in Trenton. It has been recognized as one of the most audacious military strokes in the history of the world.

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05/26/16

Lobsters, China, International Trade, Entrepreneurs, Maine Lobster Hustle

Lobsters? Really, Big Red Car, lobsters?

Big Red Car here. Bit dark and rainy in the ATX today but it is almost Memorial Day when we get our torrential floods.

Today, we talk about lobsters. OK, lobsters are your friend and if you go to Red Lobster, you know what I mean. [Pro tip: Go hungry. Go early. Go big. Eat the cheese biscuits but don’t get too full on them.]

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Hello, I am a Maine lobster. I am headed to Red Lobster. See you there?

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08/13/15

One More Reason to Love Texas — Texas Women Entrepreneurs

Big Red Car here on another warm August Texas day. On Earth as it is in Texas, y’all.

When you live in Texas — even if you’re originally from Detroit, like me — it’s hard not to be proud (obnoxious) about how great Texas is.

Here’s one more reason: Texas women entrepreneurs. Continue reading

05/13/15

Harnessing Emotions — Leadership

Big Red Car here in the tropical rain forest known as Austin by God Texas.

It’s been raining a little here. Not that we don’t need it; we do. If we did not have such an arid climate, we would not be complaining but we are not really used to this much rain; so we complain.

Shame on us.

In life, we are propelled ever forward by our emotions — driven by the slings, arrows, slights, insults that are visited upon us and which tempt us to anger. Anger can be very destructive. How are you harnessing emotions?

Listen carefully — this is a “good” thing. Not a GOOD thing, a “good” thing. Continue reading

04/16/15

Thoughts on Hiring

Big Red Car here in the beautiful ATX. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, we have a day like today and a day like yesterday.

On Earth as it is in Texas!

Hiring is one of the things about building a great startup that is alluded to with a backhanded swipe of the founders’ hands.

It is an essential consideration. [Do tell, Big Red Car. Give us more, please.] Continue reading

04/5/15

Inevitability — The Final Four

Big Red Car here in the glorious ATX where it is the best time of the year because of the azaleas, the weather, the bluebonnets and the Final Four.

Inevitability anyone?

In all of this is a lesson for entrepreneurs struggling with their startup businesses — an excellent lesson. A lesson of hope.

As an aside — Easter? Happy Easter! Talk about a lesson of hope, y’all? Easter is the big one — the triumph of life, love, redemption over sin. Wow! Continue reading

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

02/16/15

Strategy v Tactics v Objectives for Startups

Big Red Car here. Bit of rain this morning in the ATX but it’ll be 70F before too long.

So The Boss is meeting with a particular CEO, brilliant chap.

They get talking about planning in general but the discussion leads to the differentiation amongst strategy v tactics v objectives. Continue reading

02/7/15

C C C C C Customers! Can’t Live Without Them

Big Red Car here. Secret? The Boss’s birthday is today and he’s going to have blueberry pancakes at the Counter Cafe to celebrate.

So The Boss is talking to one of his brilliant young CEOs — absolutely brilliant.

Brilliant CEO says: “We are completely customer centric here.”

The Boss: “I bet you are because you are a brilliant young CEO and you know that a company cannot succeed without customers.” Continue reading

02/2/15

Situational Awareness

Big Red Car here. It is 34F here today and it is only going to get to 50F by afternoon. What’s going on, Mother Nature?

Luckily it will be 70F on Saturday and Sunday.

So The Boss got a lot of feedback on his post on the notion of renting or buying experience.

Experience — Rent It Or Buy It?

One of the most interesting bit of feedback wandered into the idea of “situational awareness” which the emailer suggested was an essential part of the benefit of experience. 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

04/28/14

CEOs — Stop the Self Flagellation

Big Red Car here.  Going to be 94F in the ATX today.  The first hot day is never a problem as you welcome the heat.  The Boss will be swimming today.  And why the Hell not?

So The Boss was looking through some Moleskine notebooks.  He keeps such a notebook for each and every one of his brilliant CEO clients.  He made some observations. Continue reading