Journalist, Digital Media Consultant and Investor
John Boitnott is a longtime digital media consultant and journalist living in San Francisco. He's written for Venturebeat, USA Today and FastCompany.
Few entrepreneurs are self funded, all the rest need to jump through hoops and negotiate a web of rules.
Consultants and editors can polish your plan but only you can infuse it with the passion that drives your dream.
Friends and colleagues will be politely reluctant to tell you your product has problems, unless you ask in a way that makes it safe to be honest.
There is no such thing as a perfect round of golf, just like there has never been a business that went flawlessly from launch to profitability.
Using profits to improve the community that hosts your company doesn't hurt the bottom line, it helps immeasurably.
Innovation results from the ideas we have and the ideas we encourage other people to share.
Being unfamiliar with the latest tech is exactly the first impression you don't want to make.
Disciplining and Firing
Terminating an employee, even one who deserves it, is already traumatic. Don't make it worse by setting yourself up for a lawsuit.
Starting your own business is taking a smart risk, operating without the right insurance is not.
New Year's resolutions
The best resolutions are those for which we can't blame anyone else if we don't keep them.
People make up their minds about each other in an instant but nothing is permanent.
An entrepreneur's business is a reflection of themselves. Sometimes, that's the problem.
Often, people are just too polite to tell you that you are screwing up. You need to find out for yourself.
Among the most effective strategies for keeping your site lively and fresh is inviting other bloggers to post. Mind you etiquette and you'll build your brand and your network.
Investing in a startup requires believing in the founder. Due diligence is as much a gut check as a fact check.