Zach Ferres

Zach Ferres

CEO of Coplex

Zach Ferres is the CEO of Coplex, a Los Angeles- and Phoenix-based startup studio focused on collaborative design and development. Coplex builds startups and digital products using lean and agile techniques. Follow the company on Twitter.

 

The Startup Studio Effect: How Hollywood's Movie Model Applies to the Startup World
startup studio

The Startup Studio Effect: How Hollywood's Movie Model Applies to the Startup World

It's not that startup studios are better than accelerators; it's simply that accelerators leave a lot of opportunities on the table.
Eric Ries on 4 Common Misconceptions About Lean Startup
Startups

Eric Ries on 4 Common Misconceptions About Lean Startup

If you believe lean startup methods lead to "cheap" products and companies, or that lean startup companies don't think big, think again.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Venture Capital (But Were Afraid to Ask)
Venture Capital

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Venture Capital (But Were Afraid to Ask)

VC sounds appealing, but is it for you? Here's what you need to know to navigate a "typical'" series of fundraising rounds.
4 Tactics to Help Your Company Avoid the Top Startup Killer
Make More Happen

4 Tactics to Help Your Company Avoid the Top Startup Killer

Startups fail for a lot of reasons: a lack of money (duh), poor marketing, a pivot gone awry, legal challenges. But another, different reason tops the list year after year.
What the American Farm Can Teach Business Leaders About 'Sowing' Success
Make More Happen

What the American Farm Can Teach Business Leaders About 'Sowing' Success

When you're on a farm, do as the farmers do. When you're running a business, do what farmers do, too.
4 Culture-Building Lessons From Sam Walton's Legal Pad
Make More Happen

4 Culture-Building Lessons From Sam Walton's Legal Pad

Company culture isn't built in a boardroom.
Don't Uberize, Strategize! 3 Steps to a Better Business Model.
Uber

Don't Uberize, Strategize! 3 Steps to a Better Business Model.

Want to shake up your industry? Avoid the pitfalls of the the 1-size-fits-all 'Uber for X' approach.
Three Lessons This American Entrepreneur Learned From Dubai's Startup Scene
Entrepreneur Ecosystems

Three Lessons This American Entrepreneur Learned From Dubai's Startup Scene

Entrepreneurs who think Uncle Sam has the most tricks under his hat have likely overlooked the financial incentives and talent diversity of the UAE.
Don't Let 'Stealth Mode' Sink Your Startup
Marketing

Don't Let 'Stealth Mode' Sink Your Startup

If you want investors, partners or customers to notice you, they have to know you exist.
What Sears Taught Amazon About Business
Disruption

What Sears Taught Amazon About Business

Sears' 1800s innovations and market disruption model are still at the core of retail behaviors today. Retail companies would be wise to study this history.
3 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From NASA About Organizational Design
Teamwork

3 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From NASA About Organizational Design

How to transform a disconnected pack of competitive employees into a single, unified team to accomplish the extraordinary.
4 Creative Tactics to Find and Recruit the Best Talent
Recruiting

4 Creative Tactics to Find and Recruit the Best Talent

Startups are having to battle with big companies and one another for the same talent. It's become a free for all.
4 Steps to Pick Yourself Up From a Tough Situation
Make More Happen

4 Steps to Pick Yourself Up From a Tough Situation

Major losses force entrepreneurs to make hard decisions. These decisions almost always turn your life to a new chapter where the stakes are higher and the wins are bigger.
Happy Developers Lead to Better Products. Here Are 9 Ways to Motivate Them.
Make More Happen

Happy Developers Lead to Better Products. Here Are 9 Ways to Motivate Them.

When trampolines, sleep pods and ping-pong tables don't cut it, look elsewhere to encourage your code gurus.
What Eating Chicken Wings Can Teach Us About Entrepreneurship
Growth Strategies

What Eating Chicken Wings Can Teach Us About Entrepreneurship

When you dive into a bucket of wings, you separate the meat from the bones, just as you do in your business every day.