Entrepreneur and Venture Investor
Adam Callinan is a founder at
BottleKeeper, the fast-paced and sarcasm-infused solution to the warm beer and broken bottle epidemics that have plagued the world for centuries. Callinan is also a founding partner at Beachwood Ventures, a Los Angeles-based early-stage and non-traditional venture-capital firm at the intersection of technology and entertainment. As an entrepreneur, Callinan has spent over a decade building small businesses in and around technology, medical devices and consumer products, which most recently includes an exit in 2013. Callinan lives in Manhattan Beach with his wife Katie.
Make More Happen
Although the everyday entrepreneur isn't likely to have brain wiring similar to Elon Musk or Steve Jobs, that doesn't mean that they can't be a successful business owner.
No one will even read your epic novel of a plan in this age of short bursts of information. Create a 10-page pitch deck instead.
Here are the newest bells and whistles to boost your ecommerce numbers and customer support.
In the consumer-products industry there is clearly the need for a solid product in order to produce solid sales, but there is a tremendously greater need for a brand once you grow beyond a certain point.
A VA is great because it's like an employee you're not legally responsible for, but you must ensure this individual knows what he or she is doing.
Your buddy may be offering just what you need, but don't succumb to temptation when offered a deal.
The fact alone that you can target and segment an audience almost down to the color of pants someone wears on a Tuesday is incredibly valuable.
Most of these concepts will seem fairly straightforward, but the reality is, many entrepreneurs -- particularly first timers -- overlook them.
These time sucks can steal hours out of your day that should be spent working or building your business.
If you aren't quite shipping high enough volumes to demand use of a third party, you'll need to work at setting up an in-house system.
More insights into the growth of my product-based company that can be operated from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.
Starting a Business
This three-step process won't land you on the covers of national magazines, but that's not the point.
The busier you get, the less time you have to spend on unproductive meetings because, well, you're busy working on revenue-generating activities.
Did you meet someone who could potentially boost your business? Don't screw it up with these mistakes.
Ready To Launch
This is a core competency that is paramount to you and your company's success. It is why investors have a much more difficult time investing in first-time CEOs.
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