Entrepreneur: Latest from Jake Kilroy http://www.entrepreneur.com The latest small business tips and advice from Entrepreneur.com. en-us Copyright 2014 Entrepreneur.com Inc., All rights reserved. Entrepreneur.com webmaster@entrepreneur.com (webmaster) 5 Business Fri, 27 Mar 2009 11:50:45 GMT IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Shmaltz Brewing Company <p> I first started at <i>Entrepreneur </i>in June 2007 and, at the time, had a very boring perspective of business. Business wasn&#039;t quirky to me. No, I didn&#039;t think that everyone was a suit, but even those who ran small businesses had a very distinct personality, I thought.Small-business owners were serious about trying to succeed, which in turn, sort of just made them serious people, I figured. To me, businesspeople were businesspeople, whethe Fri, 27 Mar 2009 11:50:45 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218414 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218414 Some Cartoon Characters Just Aren't Funny In This Economy Last week, I was watching The Critic, which I consider to be the lighter and cartoon equivalent of Aaron Sorkin&#039;s Sports Night. Anyway, I noticed that the character of Duke Phillips wasn&#039;t as funny to me as he once was. Phillips, the exceptionally rich and charming megalomaniac owner of his own broadcasting company, just seemed to bother me this time around.And it&#039;s not that I&#039;ve matured beyond cartoons. I assure Fri, 20 Mar 2009 10:35:06 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218406 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218406 How The Irish Know Business Today is St. Patrick&#039;s Day, and as the son of an American who was the son of an American who was the son of Ireland natives, I thought I&#039;d write something in tribute to the Irish.Also because I asked my father about Irish businessmen and women some months ago, and he had quite a response.My father has long been one of Ireland&#039;s heavy promoters. And by that, I mean that we&#039;ve had many conversations at the dinner table Tue, 17 Mar 2009 11:51:02 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218402 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218402 I Know What Boys Like, I Know What Guys Want "I know what boys like. I know what guys want." -- The Waitresses, from their album Wasn&#039;t Tomorrow WonderfulSure, vocalist Patty Donahue said that she was what boys liked and what guys wanted in 1982, and the whole song was seemingly just a love affair with herself. But some time ago, this song came on in my sister&#039;s car, as do many favorite tracks of the 1980s, and it got me thinking, "What do Fri, 13 Mar 2009 14:32:41 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218399 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218399 Reaching Out This serial entrepreneur hit it big as a franchisee. Wed, 11 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/200624 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/200624 You (And I) Can Finally be in the Loop I don&#039;t think I&#039;ve made it any real secret that I&#039;m technologically inept when it comes to the problems of my computer. In fact, I sometimes have small problems with appliances, too. I burn my microwaveable pizza 80 percent&nbsp;of the time at work and stuck a knife in the toaster well after puberty.So when someone pitches me something tech, I usually try to pass it off to other people. Let them figure out the order of what appears to be Fri, 06 Mar 2009 02:02:21 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218388 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218388 Wahoo's Has A Birthday Party (And I Get Invited) <p>I don&#39;t get invited to many special events. No, no, it&#39;s true. I know you think us bloggers regularly win dance competitions and date socialites on and off, and sometimes spend weekends in the Hamptons. But for the most part, that&#39;s all just myth. Really cool, awesome myths. So when Sarah Unke of Echo Media Group invited me to &quot;Wahoo&#39;s Fish Taco 20-Year Milestone Event,&quot; my breathing pattern changed. I was going to be Fri, 27 Feb 2009 14:18:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218380 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218380 Jake Finally Learns What A Color Strategist Does (Part II) On Friday, I finally learned what a color strategist does and how she does it in Part One of this two-part series.But I wasn&#039;t quite done with Kate Smith, founder of Sensational Color and active member of The Color Marketing Group. Mon, 23 Feb 2009 13:36:03 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218373 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218373 Jake Finally Learns What A Color Strategist Does (Part I) Admit it: you don&#039;t know what exactly a color strategist does or how they do it.There&#039;s even a part of you that thinks a color strategist just throws darts at brightly colored balloons and chooses the popped ones as market trends.I mean, surely, you can wager a guess, you can speculate, you could probably give a vague description of what they may or may not do.But I <b><i>know</i></b>. Or at lea Fri, 20 Feb 2009 11:54:34 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218371 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218371 Love! Romance! Desire! Ecstasy! ....Business! Romance is everywhere. Especially this weekend. Obviously. And there are businesses out there that are in the business of romance. However, beyond See&#039;s Candies and 1-800 Flowers, I&#039;m not sure what or where they are. There&#039;s an outstanding plethora of entrepreneurs out there dealing with love, romance, desire and ecstasy: the very essence of "wanting" someone. <b>Let&#039;s Fri, 13 Feb 2009 14:10:22 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218363 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218363 Video Conference vs. Neo-Confidence Ashley Biever contacted me last week. Biever is media relations for Vidtel, a video communications service provider. And she&#039;s sneaky.The subject of her e-mail was "Trying to buy a baby to put to work on blog.entrepreneur.com," referencing a previous entry of mine here on The Daily Dose. In her message, she added, "I know it&#039;s not a watch phone, but still cool for entrepreneurs," a reference Fri, 06 Feb 2009 08:33:02 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218351 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218351 Figuring Out Facebook (fakebookcovers.com update #2) <p>Everyone has down time at a desk job. And you can&#39;t always build a fort out of your cubicle, as it&#39;s a little obvious to your co-workers (believe me, I&#39;ve tried). So, you end up finding alternate ways to entertain yourself.</p> <p>Some spend their down time aimlessly Googling their own name. Others play online Scrabble. A few run their own small website or blog.</p> <p>I, however, do all three.</p> Tue, 03 Feb 2009 15:52:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218349 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218349 IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: HometownQuotes <p>I have long been in contact with Krista Farmer,a public relations rep for HometownQuotes. </p><p>Some weeks ago, she made a comment about being "blessed" to work where she did. She added that her bosses, Bob and Hunter, had created the perfect working environment, with an open-door policy and babies in the workplace (<i>lucky</i>).</p><p>Now, there are plenty of bosses across America that treat their co-workers like friends and they get Fri, 30 Jan 2009 10:53:17 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218345 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218345 An (Imagined) Interview with Gordon Gekko It&#039;s been a week since our new president took office and there&#039;s already been some changes made. But the changes that everyone seems to be waiting for are new economic policies.We&#039;d like to see what Barack Obama is going to do for business.But since I can&#039;t get an interview with our new president, I thought maybe I should head into the lion&#039;s den, find the most cutthroat man in business. The most beloved, the most feared. A man who Tue, 27 Jan 2009 14:57:04 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218341 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218341 Are You Seriously Telling Me that I Could be Dick Tracy? <p>I&#039;ve been wanting a freakin&#039; watch phone ever since I was a kid.</p> <p>Ever since I saw <i>Dick Tracy.</i></p> <p>I&#039;m talking more about the movie adaptation, of course, as the comic&#039;s initial debut was slightly before my time (seeing as how people could read the original comics in "Hoovervilles"). But the movie ... oh, what a movie for a kid to see at that age! It was at exactly the right time, too, when I needed to mature beyon Fri, 23 Jan 2009 13:52:08 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218336 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218336 I Want A Baby In The Workplace (To Do My Job) <p>I want a baby.</p> <p>But not in the traditional sense of "bundle of joy." Instead, I&#039;d like a baby to do my job for me. After failing to find an assistant that I could pay $1 an hour, I gave up hope. I was lost. I did a lot of soul-searching. Needless to say, I was listening to a lot of Joy Division.</p> <p>Anyway, last week, I was looking to contact HometownQuotes, a Tennessee-based insurance quoting&nbsp;company, but became distracted.&nbsp;While on the com Mon, 19 Jan 2009 15:10:07 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218330 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218330 Industries of 2008: The Good, The Bad & Jake Kilroy <p>What was popular last year?</p> <p>No, seriously, that was a real question. I have no idea. If I had to go by my standards of living as the only research, then Butterfinger and Jameson sales were through the roof for this nation.</p> <p>Instead, I suppose I should rely on Mindy Woolen, public relations for Sageworks, a provider of financial analysis on private companies, aggregates private company financial data in real time from CPA firms. </p> <p>So, any Tue, 06 Jan 2009 11:30:51 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218311 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218311 The Nicest Party I've Ever Been To: A Christmas Story <p>As an employer, you see Christmas parties one of two ways: something you have to do or something you want to do.</p> <p>And the party you throw shows which you believe. </p> <p>I&#039;ve been to both kinds. I&#039;ve had the good food, I&#039;ve had the bad food, I&#039;ve shown up in jeans, I&#039;ve shown up in slacks, etc. And I&#039;d rather not talk about the bad Christmas parties, where you can feel the boss&#039;s teeth gri Tue, 23 Dec 2008 14:38:49 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218303 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218303 Better Entrepreneur: Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark? (Part II) <p>Two days ago, I wrote a blog about Batman and Ironman.</p> <p>Or at least the businessmen underneath the armor. Who was the better entrepreneur, Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark? Which company was better, Wayne Enterprises or Stark Industries?</p> <p>I wanted to know. So I asked three of my friends to weigh in on Wednesday. </p> <p>Now, I&#039;d like to compare their perspective and insight t Fri, 19 Dec 2008 09:51:04 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218300 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218300 Better Entrepreneur: Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark? (Part I) <p>Batman and Ironman both saw some wild profits for their name this year, but nobody thinks to ask them for business advice. </p> <p>And it&#039;s a damn shame.</p> <p>When Batman has The Joker by his purple collars, nobody&nbsp;wonders about his employees&#039; benefit plan.&nbsp;</p> <p>And when Ir Wed, 17 Dec 2008 13:19:52 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218299 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218299 Is There a Doctor in the House? Does He Drink Coffee? I&#039;m not a doctor. <p><i>"What? Come on, Jake, but you know the remedy for so many things...snake bites...marketing campaigns...zombie apocalypses..."</i></p> <p>OK, OK, so I am a doctor of sorts. Actually, let&#039;s just say I am a doctor. Let&#039;s say I just saved your life (as you were infected with the virus from the second season of Heroes). It took me quite a few hours, an andidote and several rolls Fri, 12 Dec 2008 10:20:19 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218295 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218295 Meet the Spirit of Young Entrepreneurism... <p>Andrew Galasetti is a lot like me.</p> <p>Well, the more successful version anyway.</p> <p>During my first semester of college, I started a website called Zaftig. I used a slow FTP server and a mildly senseless homepage-building program my parents bought me for Christmas when I was 16. I wanted Zaftig to be a community blogzine (before "blog" was in every sentence). My friends wrote arti Fri, 05 Dec 2008 13:48:08 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218289 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218289 Trying Out Twitter (fakebookcovers.com update #1) <p></p> <p>About a month ago, I started a website (www.fakebookcovers.com) of fake book covers with fake excerpts. It&#39;s half-inane hobby and half-business project. I&#39;m learning about online marketing strategies, how to drive traffic, how to make revenue from ads and overall, how to make it succeed. Plus, it&#39;s more fun than shooting womp rats in my T-16 back home. I first wrote about it Wed, 26 Nov 2008 09:33:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218283 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218283 Finally, an Entrepreneur Who Can Help My Nightlife... <p>When I turned 21, I also turned into a stereotype.</p> <p>I was at the local bars every Thursday night, and my friends and I became elder statesmen of late nights, philanthropists that believed in lost causes and connoisseurs of bad decisions.</p> <p>But, out of our element some evenings, we&#039;d show up to dead bars, listen to terrible bands and drink at places that didn&#039;t wash their pitchers. We&#039;d get pushed around by unruly bouncers, sta Mon, 17 Nov 2008 13:22:53 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218271 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218271 IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: AllyKatStyle In 2006, Alison Boris (with black hair) and Kathi Chandler (with red hair) were just two L.A. women&nbsp;who shared two passions: fashion and theatre. In 2007, the two friends launched AllyKatStyle, a fashion line that markets from "single and feisty" to "the modern mommy." Taking a break between being boutique owners, real estate developers and mothers, the two had time to answer some...IMPORTANT QUESTI Fri, 14 Nov 2008 10:16:10 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218268 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218268 This Industry Has Gone to the Dogs...and Cats <p>I give up.</p> <p>I can no longer lie and say that I understand the pet industry. I can&#039;t. It&#039;s too hard. </p> <p>There are so many things in life that I can&#039;t quite comprehend: yogurt as a trend, paying over $100 for dirty jeans, how Amy Winehouse is still alive, why Peter Cook cheated on Christie Brinkley and now...the pet industry altogether.</p> Wed, 12 Nov 2008 13:15:13 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218267 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218267 Inane Hobby Finds Online Home <p>Two or three weeks ago, I started my own website called Fake Book Covers. It&#039;s based on an oddball hobby, but I&#039;m going to try to figure out the web industry.</p> <p>Let me explain.</p> <p>Recently, I discovered Photoshop on my computer at work. I was immediately addicted and began making fake book covers out of any pictures I could find on my desktop. My co-worker Cheryl saw wh Mon, 10 Nov 2008 10:54:41 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218263 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218263 IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Monica Burnett Hats <p>I always wonder what entrepreneurs are really like when they&#039;re not talking business. So, I decided to start asking questions that they may prefer to answer (as well as fancy business questions, too). The questions also let them seem a little more real and approachable.</p> <p>This week, Monica Burnett! </p> <p><i>Now...here are... IMPORTANT QUESTIONS!</i></p> The Beatles Question Who is your favo Fri, 07 Nov 2008 09:40:06 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218259 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218259 Melting Your Ears Off (Approaching The Press - Coming On Strong) <p>Being a PR rep seems terrifying. Pitching ideas is hard. Pitching people is harder. However, I know what kind of PR rep makes an entrepreneurial client look bad.</p> <p>A couple of weeks ago, while a meeting with me, the research editor here at Entrepreneur, James Park, had a bad phone conversation. The PR rep on the other end was pitching her entrepreneur. Wed, 05 Nov 2008 11:52:31 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218256 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218256 The Mix Tape Theory (Approaching The Press - Being Subtle) <p>I was out drinking recently.</p> <p>"What? Dashingly suave bloggers go out drinking?" some mild-mannered female mumbled to herself after reading the first line.</p> <p>Yes, of course us bloggers do. Not always together though. Sometimes, I party with celebrities and models who want to party with bloggers. Mon, 03 Nov 2008 09:15:21 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218248 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218248