Apr
14
2011

E.T.: The Entrepreneur Test

E.T.

BossStart says “Phone Home!” Given our diverse population of readers, we’re not sure that everyone has seen the movie ‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial’. Some people may tell you that it’s a story about an alien trying to get home. Others may suggest that E.T. is about a young boy learning to connect. There are countless interpretations of the movie and its characters. Well, here at BossStart, we know exactly what E.T. was about – Entrepreneurship!   […]

Mar
4
2011

5 Simple Steps In Gaining Value From Mistakes

Oops

It’s important to focus on success and to keep your energy driven in an optimistic direction. There’s also value in seeking out the wisdom of others; specifically in the area of MISTAKES! Think about it – why would you make the exact same mistake someone else just made?? Kinda insane… How much time do you spend assessing the mistakes of others and keeping that information in your entrepreneurial toolbox? There’s a mound of information out […]

Apr
29
2011

Entrepreneurial Swagger? Do You Have It? Take Our Test!

Steve Jobs

Are we seriously asking you a question about Entrepreneurial Swagger?? You bet we are! For those of you born before 1999, let’s clearly define “swagger”: a very confident and sometimes arrogant or aggressive style. Now wait a minute, some of these words don’t sound popular in our society. We tend to think of arrogant and aggressive people as annoying and problematic. While that may be true at first glance, we want you to review the definition […]

Apr
18
2011

The Business Venture Of Ken Stamps And Navitat Canopy Adventures

Navitat Canopy Adventures

Environmental consciousness and education meets adrenaline-inducing adventures – that’s the gist of a canopy tour. There are currently hundreds of canopy tours all across the world. Originating out of a need to study the diverse animal population residing in the upper canopy level of forests in Costa Rica, biologists rigged an assortment of platforms, cables, and zip lines to make this possible. It makes sense that this thrilling experience has been modified to fit into […]

Mar
25
2011

The DNA Of Customer Service: Part Next

DNA

Recently, we introduced www.bossstart.com readers to the DNA of Customer Service. The subject is rich with information and meaningful to every business, so we purposefully committed several posts to the subject. The foundation of every customer service-rich organization is it’s talent – the employees they hire. While operational models differ between a Ritz Carlton, Nordstroms, and Starbucks one commonality is ever present: hire the best people and put them in the right job! In an […]

May
2
2011

The Bootstrapped Boom Of Action Sportswear With Shane Levi Gould Of Fuel

Fuel

‘Bootstrapping’ your business is defined as starting a business with minimal resources. Essentially it’s a ‘do-it-yourself’ scenario where you aren’t using any funding other than your own. We at BossStart are intrigued by any successful business that has come into its own through this type of start-up process. This week we were fortunate enough to snag an interview with Shane Levi Gould, Creative Director and Founder of Fuel. If you’ve ever been involved in the […]

Nov
2
2011

The Creative Resurrection Of The Recording Industry With Jack Conte Of Pomplamoose

Pomplamoose

Over the past decade, we have seen some drastic changes in the music industry.  Thanks to mp3’s and file sharing websites, it has never been easier to obtain a free “copy” of a recording.  Sales of recorded music have dropped more than 25% since the turn of the century.  Record stores have shut down; record labels are struggling to keep afloat.  Musicians make most of their money from live shows and merchandise.  It would seem […]

Feb
21
2011

The Sonic Boom Of SMULE With Dr. Ge Wang

Smule

There are over 300,000 Apps currently available for the iPhone. That’s not even mentioning the 1000+ Apps at the new Mac App Store. With such an abundant selection, it seems highly unlikely that anyone could ever experience or utilize so many to any reasonable degree. When you point out that the primary source of growth for almost all of these Apps is typically from word-of-mouth and satisfied customers; it’s an almost baffling market. Viral Marketing […]

Apr
22
2011

Run for the Border! A Lesson in Damage Control

Taco Bell

Recently, Taco Bell was sued for allegedly using something other than ‘real beef’ in their taco products. Can you imagine being a franchise owner and waking up to this news? If we follow the story close enough we come to realize there are several learning events for our entrepreneurial followers in regards to Damage Control. A class-action lawsuit was filed by an Alabama based law firm alleging that the meat used by Taco Bell was […]

May
6
2011

Entrepreneurial Lessons From Donald Trump & The US Execution Of Osama Bin Laden

Compass Pointing the Way to Business Opportunity

We live in the midst of historically unpredictable times. For some of us, these times arouse emotions of fear and uncertainty. For others – it’s excitement and opportunity. If we were to be completely honest with ourselves, the reality is likely a mixture of all of those emotions and so much more. If you listen to the news and to academic scholars, you’ll be caught up in a fear-based string of communication that might stifle […]

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