Entrepreneurs

Is Wisconsin producing enough startup companies? No, especially when all startups are counted… whether those young companies are bakeries, burger joints, beauty salons or biotechnology firms. What often matters more than the sheer number of startups is the survivability and “scale up” stages for young companies,...

California Governor Jerry Brown recently imposed mandatory water restrictions to combat severe drought that “demands unprecedented action.” Many investors have grown familiar with the global trends changing in the way water is supplied, transported, treated and used. Those mega-trends, however, have not translated into much...

A New Science is showing us how staying in-the-flow may be the most important part of building extraordinary teams. "I will never consider defeat, and I will remove from my vocabulary such words as quit, cannot, unable, impossible, failure, and retreat, for these are the words...

High-impact entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. Most venture-backed businesses don’t achieve the levels of success their founders and investors hoped for. Indeed, a significant number will fail. Having worked as legal counsel for dozens of venture-backed startups over the years, what frustrates me...

Many goal words only describe a desirable side effect, while being opaque as to what behaviors might yield that result: • Lose weight. • Get rich. • Innovate. In response to any of these, what is step one? Yes, these words describe measurable outcomes: they qualify as “objectives.”...

The picture in The Washington Post — a worried Green Bay Packers fan, game-ready with cheesehead and green- and gold-striped face — summed up the disappointing news. So did the headline: "Wisconsin ranked dead last in start-up activity." In a year when new company formation rose nationally,...

In my last blog with Stephen Gold, EVP of Business and Technology Operations and CIO of CVS Health, we discussed Gold’s approach to continuity of value, a process that Gold uses to make sure he and his business partners make the right IT investments. No...

You’ve started your business and survived. Now, what? How do you move from struggling to established to growing consistently and profitably? The answer is scaling, a concept very different from lean thinking. The latter pulls out costs that do not add value. Scaling allows you...