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What Are You Shipping This Week?

By on Aug 19, 2014 | 0 comments

It’s opinion time … I was flipping through my Twitter feed when I saw Justin Jackson post this update: Start and ship something this week. — Justin Jackson (@mijustin) August 18, 2014   Which leads me to ask the question … If you had a banana gun to your head, what would you create and ship this week? Let the group know in our comments section below.

Sharing Economy & the Uber Driver That Makes $100,000+ a Year

By on Aug 18, 2014 | 0 comments

I was riding with Quincy yesterday, a driver for the ride-sharing service Uber, and we got to talking about his day. What he said absolutely floored me: Quincy drives Uber 7 days per week for a total of 16 hours per day Of course, this led to quite a few questions from me: You really work every day of the week? How does your body physically handle 16 hour work days? Do you have a significant other? Because I’m sure that he/she does not love your schedule Quincy’s story surprised me so much that I actually sent a tweet from the cab: Just met an @uber driver who works 16 hour days, 7 days per week and grosses $107k+ per year #wow blog post coming — Mike Krass (@mikekrass) August 14, 2014 A tweet that was favorited by sharing economy proponent Jeremiah Owyang: Hey @jowyang you hear about Uber driver who grosses $107k+ annually? Sharing economy at its best … Link:...

Kickstarter 101: How Aaron Hallerman & Lexell Watches Raised $221,000 on Kickstarter

By on Aug 15, 2014 | 0 comments

Lately, I’ve been curious how effective Kickstarter is at raising money. I mean, if some guy named ‘Zack Danger Brown’ can raise more than $55,000 to (and I quote) “make potato salad because I’m hungry” is this really a serious platform for entrepreneurs to turn to when they need to raise funding and build a customer base? Luckily for me I know Aaron Hallerman, Founder of Lexell Watches (and most recently Vincero Watches), a childhood friend of mine who turned to Kickstarter to raise more than $221,000 for their first venture (Lexell Watches) and is at it again with Vincero Watches campaign on Kickstarter that has raised more than $123,000 to date (August 15 publish date). I chatted with Aaron earlier today asking a few tips about raising money on Kickstarter … … and his advice was so solid that I couldn’t help but share it with my...

Don’t Forget to Set the Right Pace for the Pulse of Your Company

By on Jan 16, 2014 | 0 comments

This post is part of the How to 100 article series; 100 word snippets of advice on how to grow your small business. Receive email updates the second new advice is published by clicking here It’s importance to set the pace of your companies pulse Prior to starting my own company, all I knew at work was GO! GO! GO! GO! GO! I moved fast, broke lots of things, and then moved faster to fix them again (which I always did). In the past two and a half years of running my own small business, I’ve learned a lot from an old saying: Measure twice. Cut once. Taking the time to slow down, evaluate options and then move forward confidently with the best one has been an invaluable ability to learn. Learning how to measure twice and cut once has helped me … Remember to make time for team building conversations, lunches and activities Develop a culture that rewards working smarter, not...

4 Step Process to Maximize Business Productivity

By on Jan 4, 2014 | 0 comments

This post is part of the How to 100 article series; 100 word snippets of advice on how to grow your small business. Receive email updates the second new advice is published by clicking here Do you know how much your time is worth? As our marketing agency closed out the calendar year, we took some time to reflect on tasks or projects that were necessary for our business to operate but quite mundane and time consuming. A few examples included: Simple data aggregation across multiple spreadsheets (i.e. copy/pasting massive amounts of data) Day-to-day bookkeeping We kept asking ourselves: Are these tasks really worth our time? Ultimately, the answer to many of our necessary but mundane and time consuming tasks was NO; they weren’t worth our undivided time and energy. Most importantly, these were not profitable ways to use our time. With that in mind, here is the exercise we went...