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Leaders need to Solve Issues

Leaders need to Solve Issues

Leaders need to Solve Issues The “solve” step is a conclusion or solution that usually becomes an action item for someone to do. The item ends up on the To-Do List and when the action is completed, the issue goes away forever (hopefully). Solving issues takes time. By solving issues now, you’ll save time exponentially across your business by eliminating all future symptomatic issues.   Three types of resolutions will emerge from an issues-solving session: The first is when the […]

There’s a New Best City in America for Startups (It’s Not in Silicon Valley)

There’s a New Best City in America for Startups (It’s Not in Silicon Valley)

There’s a New Best City in America for Startups (It’s Not in Silicon Valley) Consider joining the community of startups in this Midwestern city that generate huge returns on investment. Do you want to grow your startup in Chicago? http://www.inc.com/betsy-mikel/the-city-with-the-highest-percentage-of-insanely-profitable-startups-may-surpris.html […]

Startup Failures

Startup Failures

Startup Failures I am wondering (for decades now) who is doing the vetting/due diligence before investing in startups that are literally doomed to failure from the very beginning! It seems like investors have a major problem in finding who (By the way, we invest in people) and what will be successful. They keep investing in duds over and over again. And after a painful and sometimes lengthy exercise in futility (and not to mention burned money) explain why their investment […]

Business Services Tailored For Startups & Emerging businesses

Business Services Tailored For Startups & Emerging businesses

Our goal is to facilitate Discovery, Innovation​,​ Commercialization​ and Funding of new ideas through Collaboration and Creativity. But in addition to the nuts and bolts of creating a sustainable startup foundation we also provide instruction and coaching in emotional & leadership intelligence, collaboration techniques, networking, strategic thinking and the culture of high-growth marketing and sales. At the end of the day the single most important performance and success matrix of a startup (or any enterprise for that matter) is how […]

It Takes More Than…

It Takes More Than…

INNOVATION, IDEA AND CONCEPT COMMERCIALIZATION: It takes more than cutting-edge ideas, scholastic credentials and financial backing to move a company from pre-seed stage to commercialization. It takes hands-on business expertise from people who have been there and have done it. We help guide entrepreneurs by providing them with a real-world understanding of the unique dynamics of technology markets, and the nuances of starting and growing an early-stage company, including developing a viable business case, plan and model, product development, staffing for […]

Decisions are worthless unless you turn them into commitments!

Decisions are worthless unless you turn them into commitments!

Decisions are worthless … unless you turn them into commitments. In a business conversation, your counterpart’s decision states his intention, but a commitment holds him accountable. Although a commitment does not guarantee delivery, it’s far more reliable than a decision. More importantly, when managed properly, it allows you to handle breakdowns with effectiveness, trust and integrity. Have you been in meetings where lots of decisions are made but nothing gets done and nobody is held accountable? Unless you finish the […]

DOs and DON’Ts for start-ups

DOs and DON’Ts for start-ups

(Published in 2013, © Hal Tezcan ) Having been on both side of the table, in the early days of my career first as an entrepreneur seeking funds from investors and later as an advisor/consultant to investors and an investor myself I will try to condense 30 plus years of reality into 15 minutes of real life and real term DOs and DON’Ts Having sat through countless pitches, I can attest that many of them fall flat – and it’s not always […]

MOST SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE ARE COLLABORATORS

MOST SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE ARE COLLABORATORS

Successful people don’t compete, they collaborate.   Here are four reasons why the most successful people are top-notch collaborators: GROWTH COMES THROUGH SHARING & COLLABORATING YOU CAN FIND UNEXPECTED ALIGNMENT WHEN YOU SHARE AND COLLABORATE FLEXIBILITY & ADAPTABILITY TAKES COOPERATION AND, COLLABORATING FORCES EVERYONE TO MOTIVATE EACH OTHER It’s almost impossible to do it alone! You need experienced advisors / mentors / partners / collaborators along the way to success. Over the years we have built a successful and vast […]

Short term, fully furnished, Chicago Loop office space

Short term, fully furnished, Chicago Loop office space

One of the startups we help has an office space for the next 5 months starting February 1st. Office for short term rent: This office is located at 318 W. Adams (next to the Sears Tower)  within the Level Office space. Size: 117 sq ft. (13 x 9 ft space) Fully equipped; 3 desks, 3 chairs, phone, high speed (fiber) internet access. Many amenities; The renters will take advantage of all amenities provided by the building and Level offices. Such […]

You can pay us now or pay us later. How much time do you want to waste?

You can pay us now or pay us later. How much time do you want to waste?

You can pay us now or pay us later. In an old commercial for FRAM oil filters, a mechanic is heard talking from under the belly of a car with the engine disassembled, in a state of major repair. The mechanic intones dramatically, “You can pay me now or pay me later.” His meaning is clear and loud: Changing the oil and the filter on a regular basis is a necessity that can’t be ignored. You can pay a modest […]

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