John Boitnott

John Boitnott

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.
4 Options for Raising Capital From Friends, Investors or Even the Feds
Raising Capital

4 Options for Raising Capital From Friends, Investors or Even the Feds

Few entrepreneurs are self funded, all the rest need to jump through hoops and negotiate a web of rules.
4 Reasons Why Nobody Can Write Your Business Plan Better Than You
Business Plans

4 Reasons Why Nobody Can Write Your Business Plan Better Than You

Consultants and editors can polish your plan but only you can infuse it with the passion that drives your dream.
Ask These 7 Questions to Get the Honest Feedback You Need
Feedback

Ask These 7 Questions to Get the Honest Feedback You Need

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.
5 Lessons Golf Teaches About How to Succeed at Your Business
Lessons

5 Lessons Golf Teaches About How to Succeed at Your Business

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.
4 Ways Your Company Benefits From Giving Back
Philanthropy

4 Ways Your Company Benefits From Giving Back

Using profits to improve the community that hosts your company doesn't hurt the bottom line, it helps immeasurably.
5 Ways to Build Jumpstarting Innovation Into Your Business
Innovation

5 Ways to Build Jumpstarting Innovation Into Your Business

Innovation results from the ideas we have and the ideas we encourage other people to share.
3 Technologies You Want to Be Using Before Your Next Business Conference
Networking Events

3 Technologies You Want to Be Using Before Your Next Business Conference

Being unfamiliar with the latest tech is exactly the first impression you don't want to make.
Disciplining and Firing

How to Fire an Employee So You Don't Get Sued

Terminating an employee, even one who deserves it, is already traumatic. Don't make it worse by setting yourself up for a lawsuit.
7 Types of Insurance You Need to Protect Your Business
Insurance

7 Types of Insurance You Need to Protect Your Business

Starting your own business is taking a smart risk, operating without the right insurance is not.
5 New Year's Resolutions That Set Up Entrepreneurs for Disappointment
New Year's resolutions

5 New Year's Resolutions That Set Up Entrepreneurs for Disappointment

The best resolutions are those for which we can't blame anyone else if we don't keep them.
6 Tips for Overcoming a Bad First Impression
First Impressions

6 Tips for Overcoming a Bad First Impression

People make up their minds about each other in an instant but nothing is permanent.
5 Behaviors You Need to Stop So Your Business Can Grow
Business Mistakes

5 Behaviors You Need to Stop So Your Business Can Grow

An entrepreneur's business is a reflection of themselves. Sometimes, that's the problem.
4 Reasons Why Customers Vanish Without a Word
Customer Loyalty

4 Reasons Why Customers Vanish Without a Word

Often, people are just too polite to tell you that you are screwing up. You need to find out for yourself.
7 Ways the Perfect Host Makes Guest Bloggers Feel Right at Home
Guest Blogging

7 Ways the Perfect Host Makes Guest Bloggers Feel Right at Home

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.
Answer These 6 Questions Before Sinking Money Into Some Entrepreneur's Great Idea
Investing strategies

Answer These 6 Questions Before Sinking Money Into Some Entrepreneur's Great Idea

Investing in a startup requires believing in the founder. Due diligence is as much a gut check as a fact check.