When to Change Your Business Model

If a competitor offers its product for free, should you do the same in hopes of increasing market share? Dear Norm, Our small business provides government agencies and consulting firms with specialized computer models that simulate flooding. Sales have been very slow this year, and one of my partners thinks we should make the software…

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Apple co-founder Jobs was one of those people who kept topping himself, writes veteran technology journalist Lee Gomes. Here’s a look back through Jobs’s life as entrepreneur, designer, and ultimately, icon. Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple who pioneered the personal-computer industry and became an emblem of Internet-era culture, died Wednesday at the age of…

Creating the Lean Startup

How Eric Ries developed a scientific method for launching profitable companies Squandered capital, wasted efforts, shattered dreams. Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup, is on a mission to save entrepreneurs from such a fate. Ries, a serial entrepreneur, co-founded IMVU, an online social network that made the Inc. 500 last year. Through trial and…

What Steve Jobs Taught Me About Growth

Finding that first market — a few customers willing to pay for your early product — is hard enough. But there’s one thing that may be even harder. And that’s finding the second market. Especially because companies are often so focused on protecting what they already have. In 1996 when Steve Jobs returned to Apple,…

Fantastic story about “Self Appraisal”

A little boy went to a telephone booth which was at the cash counter of a store and dialed a number. The store-owner observed and listened to the conversation: Boy : “Lady, Can you give me the job of cutting your lawn? Woman : (at the other end of the phone line) “I already have…

My Story: Sean Yazbeck of Wavsys

“One thing I learned from working with Mr. Trump for a year was that you need to have a fire in the pit of your belly to be successful, and it was my dream to start a company of my own,” says Yazbeck. Sean Yazbeck worked in the telecom staffing industry before landing a spot…