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George Deeb

George Deeb

Guest Writer / Managing Partner at Red Rocket Ventures

George Deeb is the managing partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a startup consulting, financial advisory and executive staffing firm, and author of 101 Startup Lessons -- An Entrepreneur's Handbook. Red Rocket is also a founding member of Ensemble, an all-star powered 'Digital Services Suite.'

Marketing

Don't Start Marketing Before You're Ready to Start Selling

Creating a demand for something you can't deliver will hurt your brand reputation and your bottom line.
Inspiring Your Team

Don't Shuffle People Into the Wrong Job Just Because They're Already on the Payroll

You grow your company by putting proven performers where you need them most. If you don't have them, hire them.
Run a Better Business

A Good Entrepreneur Evolves Over Time

Some lessons are best learned through personal experience. Make the most of yours, and seek out mentors who can share their stories.
Pivots

The Case for Hiring a Re-Founder Before You Pull the Plug on Your Startup

Founders pursuing their romantic startup vision often need a dispassionate pro to keep things real.
Follow-Up

The Art of the Follow-Up

Completing a deal requires persistent content that is never annoying but can't be politely ignored.
Startup Basics

Building a Hard-Working Team Starts With You

For better or worse, the cornerstone of a startup's culture is going to be the founder.
Take It From The Pros

Focusing Like a Laser Will Increase Your Odds of Success

Focus is the only solution when your company's future gets fuzzy.
Leadership

Leadership 101: Narrow Your Say-Do Gap

When you say you are going to do something, do it.
Inspiring Your Team

You Get the Talent That You Pay For

Don't think cheap with your talent decisions -- think the best.
Growth Strategy

A Secret Tactic for Quick Growth: The Roll-up

Sometimes your company's strategic growth can be achieved most quickly by merging with several others at once. Here, let us walk you through that.
Product Development

You Can't Expand While Your House Is on Fire

Some steps you just don't get to skip, like having a product that works as advertised, at a cost that makes economic sense.
Inspiring Your Team

Personality Tests: Helpful Tool or Lazy Shortcut?

Just as a map is not the territory, neither is a personality type the person you're hiring. Be a team builder, not a exam proctor.
Business Moving Forward

Sales Not Closing? Know When to Panic!

The longer your product's sales cycle, the more important it is to measure progress along the way.
Sales Strategies

Stop Selling the 'What' and Start Selling the 'Why'

What your product can deliver may thrill you and your team, but your customers want to know why it matters to them.