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!   [...]

May
11
2011

10 Q’s With Alan Wilson & Tripwire Interactive

Tripwire Interactive

Tripwire Interactive, an entertainment software development company, was started in 2005. Initially, the company was composed of ‘the award winning mod team and winners of the ‘$1,000,000 Make Something Unreal‘ competition. Since its inception, Tripwire Interactive has been kicking ass and taking names throughout the gaming industry. Poised to release their highly anticipated sequel to ‘Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45‘ and churning up the industry with exceptional promise, we’ve been gifted an inside look into the [...]

Feb
18
2011

The 5-10-8-3 Principle

Steps

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, [...]

May
9
2011

The Food Truck Frenzy With Beth Colla & Lake Street Creamery

Lake Street Creamery

The Food Truck Frenzy has arrived. To be honest it’s more of a subculture than a fad, really. You can literally search the web for any kind of food you can think of, throw in the words ‘food truck’, and you’re certain to find it already exists. So maybe that Thai Zucchini Pasta Food Truck hails from Austin, Texas and not from your town, but if you were to do a search of the city [...]

Mar
21
2011

The Genius Of Human Billboards With Jason Sadler Of iwearyourshirt.com

Jason Sadler Of iwearyourshirt.com

Social Media is a beast and it’s obviously here to stay. Some feel that its bombarding effects are diluting the effectiveness of marketing/advertising on the internet. Some feel that Social Media IS marketing/advertising on the net. In any case, those who refuse to embrace it as a necessary tool in business will undoubtedly suffer the consequences and surely be left in the dust. One company that appreciates and runs with this newer idea of social [...]

Apr
25
2011

Merchandising The Music Industry With Alex Tchekmeian Of Big Top

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
11
2011

Skate To Where The Money Will Be

Skate

“Skate to Where the Money Will Be” is an article in Harvard Business Review written by Christensen, Raynor, and Verlinden. The article is as interesting as the title suggests. Embedded in this interesting write-up is a section on the auto industry – and a perspective that should be on the minds of entrepreneurs everywhere. The authors predicted that the auto industry would begin to focus on smaller niche markets and produce newer models at an [...]

Oct
30
2011

Who Are The 53 Percent?

We Are 53%

Wow! We are certainly living in historical times. We encourage you to pause for a moment and consider a few recent, historical events: A global financial crisis not seen since the 1920′s The liberation of several Middle East countries: Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Lybia The assassination of Osama Bin Laden The rise of Google and Apple along with the death of Steve Jobs We could fill a page with recent historical events – many of which are meaningful to the entrepreneurial effort. Clearly the most impactful event [...]

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 [...]

Nov
14
2011

The American Dream: An Interview With Jeremy Thiel

CrossFit

“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 [...]

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