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Work With the Rules

A website that I am heavily involved in has a restriction on it – they are not allowed to offer their services within the US, based on the nature of their industry and the licensing restrictions imposed by their governing body. This is, from a strictly technical point of view, a fairly trivial issue to […]

Lesson in Commitment from the Chilean Miners’ Rescue

I stayed up late on Tuesday evening to watch as the first few miners were rescued from their underground cavern after having spent 68 days trapped. I was amazed by the ability we have to watch, in real-time, as the rescue took place, the positive attitudes that could be felt through the video, the happiness […]

How to Convince Other [Potential] Co-founders You Have the Next Big Thing

I regularly visit a site for owners of start-ups where people can post questions and get answers from others who are, or have been, in the same situation as themselves. Often I’ll see a question posted, and realize that the wrong question is being asked. That is, the question itself is valid, but the fact […]

Moderation of Disputes Between Parties

A recent question was asked regarding a moderation policy on a user-generated-content site, where two people are in dispute regarding an event. Specifically, the site was devoted to reviewing service providers, and there is a possibility that customers who were dissatisfied with the service they recieved could use the site as a means to, unfactually, […]

The Right Time for Dragons’ Den

In a surprising twist on the show, a pair of entrepreneurs presented their business on Dragons’ Den this past week, and shocked all of the dragons with their pitch: Do you know how many people coming on this show would beg to have your problem? Jamie Bailey and Trudie Wiseman of C.R. Plastic Products came […]

Business and Lies

A question posed regarding how to discuss the size of your customer base when you have few, if any, customers, generated the following response: A recent consultant I worked with had a clever way of dealing with this… He claimed his clients were the Department of Defense, and the Homeland Security Department. Think anyone can […]

Beware Your Pitch – Dragons’ Den Pitch Ends in Court

A friend forwarded me a link to a recent decision regarding a pitch on Dragons’ Den that resulted in CBC being sued over the airing of the pitch. The judge, in rendering his decision, brought to light some of the issues that some people who appear on the show would be well-advised to pay attention […]

Solo in Business

This past weekend, I spoke at Freelance Camp TO, whose tagline was: Be in business for yourself, not by yourself. Perhaps one of the most difficult things for a solo business owner is the fact that while they know a lot about their own business, they have a limited perspective, that is, they are stuck […]