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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Growth and the Panic Response

Having given presentations in the past on time management (for example, my recent talk at Freelance Camp TO), I started to wonder about people’s abilities to manage their time well. What I discovered, though, through watching specific companies and people struggle with time management, is that even people who are good at managing their time […]

The Value of an Idea

This past week on Dragons’ Den, there were several entrepreneurs who presented their ideas on the show, only to discover that their valuation was completely off. In some cases, that was precisely the reason they did not get a deal, in others, it was merely a contributing factor. What is fascinating, though, is the number […]

Tell A Story

One of the keys to landing some investment capital is to approach investors with a story. While some have taken this to mean that they should write a story (for example, Cindy Pichette and Kris Whiffing of Clean Stay who appeared on Dragons’ Den, Season 5 Episode 4 which aired October 13, 2010), this is […]

Subtle Signs of Success Waiting to Happen

After having watched several seasons of Dragons’ Den and examining the pitches that landed deals, I started to notice a pattern. That was compounded with my involvement with various social network sites which target entrepreneurs and small businesses, and I started to realize that there are certain patterns in the successful businesses. That’s not, of […]