Apr
25
2011

Merchandising The Music Industry With Alex Tchekmeian Of Big Top

Alex Tchekmeian founded AKT Enterprises in 1999. He was 13. Now, Alex is the President and CEO of a ‘boot-strapped’ company that not only bares his initials, but also caters to over 500,000 customers, clients, vendors and consumers, employs over 100 employees, and was recently ranked No. 511 among 5000 of the nation’s fastest growing private companies by Inc. magazine (which, impressively, is attributed to a 3-year sales growth of 592%). Yes. We’ll hear his […]

Mar
4
2011

5 Simple Steps In Gaining Value From Mistakes

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 […]

Mar
25
2011

The DNA Of Customer Service: Part Next

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

‘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 […]

May
13
2011

Effective Time Management: A Must-Read!

Of all the resources on this planet, TIME is clearly the most valuable of them. There are abundances of gold, silver, oil, etc., but time – well, that will eventually run out for each and every one of us. The brutal truth is: we have a limited number of days on this earth and time management should be of the utmost importance. Think for a moment about your past; those seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, […]

Mar
9
2011

10 Q’s With Chris Parks AKA Pale Horse

“Chris Parks (AKA Pale Horse), Pale Horse Designs Inc., Hailing from Tampa Bay, Florida, Pale Horse is the moniker and studio space of illustrator & graphic designer Chris Parks. Since opening the doors, Pale Horse has had the opportunity to create artwork for companies like Hasbro, Sanrio, Iron Fist, Dean Guitars, Globe Shoes, Hart and Huntington, Red Bull, Scion and many others. Pale Horse also actively hosts and participates in various gallery exhibitions throughout the […]

Mar
14
2011

Hipmunk And The Flight Search Evolution

If you’ve ever flown the friendly skies, you’re quite aware that it’s a little more complicated than it might seem. The tedious process of finding cheap flights with trusted carriers and acceptable time tables really isn’t that friendly at all. In fact the whole experience is quite a pain in the ‘you-know-what’. This week we are featuring an entrepreneur that is responsible for revolutionizing that process. Adam Goldstein is one of two founders, and the […]

Nov
14
2011

The American Dream: An Interview With Jeremy Thiel

“The American dream is alive and well.  The ability to create a successful company today is more possible than ever for the person who is willing to go out there and bust their butt, get educated, network, and do the work it takes to be successful.  The sky’s the limit.” Jeremy Thiel is a CrossFit affiliate “box” owner based in Austin,TX.  He co-founded CrossFit Central with his sister, Casey Kepler, in 2005.  He has 3 […]

Nov
2
2011

The Creative Resurrection Of The Recording Industry With Jack Conte Of 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
18
2011

The 5-10-8-3 Principle

Are you using the 5-10-8-3 principle to help run your business? Wow – is it just me or have you noticed how advice is flying at us in the form of  “5 easy steps”, “10 must-do practices”, “8 mistakes you can’t afford to make”, and “3 ways to get rich quick”….. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting this form of advice is bad. In many instances, the recommendations might prove rather helpful. For example, […]

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