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Breaking Down Barriers

In yesterday’s article, I discussed the deal from Dragons’ Den that went to Jason Bellissimo with his novel product, the Handi-Tray. Further investigation, though revealed that the deal did not make it through due diligence, despite the fact that the product was a good one, and the market known. However, Jason was having difficulty in […]

Handy Solution Catches a Deal

As with many of the pitches airing this season on Dragons’ Den, it’s somewhat difficult to get a good feeling for the business side of the presentation, with more of the focus of the show being on the banter between the dragons, and less on the actual information in the pitch. One presentation that got […]

Reduce Debt or Increase Savings

A lively debate broke out at the office regarding whether it is better to save or better to pay down debt. While the conversation in the office was in regard to personal finances, much of what was said has implications to businesses as well. A business generally runs a budget that balances both short-term and […]

Hiring Without Cultural Change

When a company undergoes expansion, especially in the early years, there is a risk of changes being made to the culture of the company. When the entire company switches from being able to fit into a single [large] room to requiring several thousand square feet of space in each of their 14 new offices, cultural […]

Differences Between Service and Product Based Businesses

With thanks to Susan Varty for suggesting this topic. Many businesses define themselves as being either a product-based business or a service-based business. While there are certainly those businesses which encompass both categories, and certainly many who will primarily think of themselves as providing both of those, it is the thoughts of the customers that […]

Asking for a Deal

I’ve been working in software development for a few years, building anything from custom scripting to full-blown enterprise level applications. Along the way, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a variety of people, and have managed to identify what I, at least, would consider my ideal client. The work I do is not always […]

When You Feel You’ve Made It

There was a quote from Robert Herjavec, one of the Dragons on Dragons’ Den, when asked if he’s ever looked back on his life and came to the realization that he’s “made it”: I believe the minute you begin to think that way is the minute you begin to erode. There’s another saying that I […]

Reactions to Mistakes

Mistakes is a topic I’ve written about fairly often – after all, to err is human, and businesses are run by people. However, as reactions to mistakes can often be the difference between success and failure, it bears frequent mention. Around the office where I work, we were discussing the story of an employee, who […]