Do you invest in yourself?

How much do you invest in yourself? ​I read a recent article on Quartz about being like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett​. You really don’t need to be like them as long as you realize (early) the value of your time! I always say: “There is no ctrl-alt-del for resetting your time” ​it is crucial ​that you have a solid understanding of time management. Your time management. As the article spells out, you need to invest in yourself and master […]

The new gig economy contract work world

Rise Of The Contract Workers: Work Is Different Now NPR/Marist Poll Highlights on “contract workers in America” 20 percent of all American workers are contract workers hired to work on a specific project or for a fixed period of time. 51 percent of contract workers don’t receive benefits from their jobs. 49 percent of contract workers have income that varies from month to month or seasonally. 65 percent of contract workers are male and 62 percent are under 45. 66 […]

Hal Tezcan, Strategic Business Advisor for Solve Smart Cities

An experienced troubleshooter, mentor and collaborator, Hal has been involved in startup ecosystems for over three decades and currently serves as a strategic advisor to Solve. With Solve, Hal hopes to bring local workforce development facilitators, economic development organizations and local businesses together to solve the dysfunctional employment empowerment process faced by underserved communities. He is driven to find a sustainable solution to the disconnected social and workforce empower systems by removing barriers to opportunity and tracking the collective cross-functional […]

The 80/20 rule

The Pareto Principle simply states that 80% of the results come from 20% of the effort. Thus, the 80/20 rule. For example: 80% of your income comes from 20% of your clients 80% of your complaints come from 20% of your customers 80% of your engagement comes from 20% of your content 80% of your creativity comes from 20% of your inspiration 80% of your skill set comes from 20% of the material Not part of the Pareto Principle […]

Your pitch is NOT perfect!

“There is a fundamental disconnect between the way we pitch anything and the way it is received by our audience. As a result, at the crucial moment, when it is most important to be convincing, nine out of ten times we are not. Our most important messages have a surprisingly low chance of getting through. You need to understand why this disconnect occurs in order to overcome it, succeed, and profit.” Oren Klaff Let us help you with this startup founder dilemma and create the […]

Small things always matter!

Small things done consistently in strategic, executable and accountable ways produce major impact!   […]

The road to success is NOT paved with FAKERS

The road to success is NOT paved with FAKERS. The worst startup advice ever! It’s is an article published on (Link to the article is below.) Here is the title: 3 Steps for Faking It Right to Make It Big. It says proudly: “For entrepreneurs starting out, the right version of “fake it until you make it” is exactly what they should be doing. To become a part of the gutsy but harmless “faking it” tradition, here are three […]

Startup Port Pilot Programs

Startup Port Pilot Programs For a limited time only, our Startup Port startup companies are offering Pilot Programs to allow corporations within finance, insurance, cyber security, real estate, healthcare, food – nutrition and home services to try their products and services for free or at very low cost in exchange for feedback on how they can better improve their offerings for the industry. If you are a decision maker, professional within one of these industries and would like to participate […]

Startup Turkey 2018

Startup Port will be at Startup Turkey, on ​13-16 April 2018, with founders, investors and tech executives from Eurasia​. ​The best of Eurasia startups and investors in one place, where East meets West. Top startups will meet world class mentors, investors, companies and media in Startup Turkey. Startups will get feedbacks in many aspects from mentors coming from all aorund the world. Office hours with top companies, accelerators and VCs. Many occasions to pitch your startup are waiting for you […]

What Are Your “First Principles”, a perspective for the new year

My few cents’ worth (garnered in the last three plus decades) add-ons to Aly Juma’s “What Are Your Principles?” article: – Be Who I Am, – Be kind, be humble, and be honest, – Master Many Skills, – Invest In Yourself, – When everyone goes left, go right (don’t blindly follow the flock…), – Always Be Curious (the trait of a true Generalist…), – Think Long Term, Invest Right Now (There is no Ctrl-Alt-Del for your time!), – Collaborated and […]



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