Raising Money: What Not to Say and What Not to Believe #OfficeandGuyK

Over the past two weeks via my partnership with Microsoft and Office Web Apps, I’ve provided templates of models for you to create enchanting PowerPoint pitches, Excel spreadsheets, and Word business plans. They are all available for you to download here. I hope these documents and blog posts help you save a boatload of time [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:09:40+00:00 January 20th, 2012|Categories: Venture Capital|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How I Tweet: Updated 9/2/10

Update: Holy Kaw By far, the biggest change to my tweeting is the creation of a section of Alltop called Holy Kaw. I started it because of the popularity of my Posterous blog where I uploaded pictures and summaries of interesting stories—basically stuff that was too long for a tweet and too short for a [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:11:34+00:00 July 4th, 2009|Categories: Cool Stuff|Tags: |0 Comments

Guy’s Index of Absurdity: The Top Ten Ways to Tell If Things Are Really Bad

The experts are promulgating many esoteric ways to determine the financial condition of the economy. It's irrational to base one's mood on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). After all, (a) what does that have to do with the real world? And (b) it reflects the buying (and selling) decisions of the same investment bankers [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:13:20+00:00 October 13th, 2008|Categories: Events, Management|Tags: , |0 Comments

Top Ten Myths of Entrepreneurship

This is a guest post by Scott Shane as a follow up to his entrepreneurship test. He is the A. Malachi Mixon Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of seven books, the latest of which is The Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:17:14+00:00 January 10th, 2008|Categories: Entrepreneurship|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

Top Ten Leopard Tips

Here are the top-ten Leopard tips from my friends, Adam Engst et al, at Take Control Books. They’ve already released five ebooks to help people upgrade to Leopard. These books cost either $10 or $15, but you can save 30% if you buy all five. Take Control publishes minor updates for free, so the authors [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:17:57+00:00 October 30th, 2007|Categories: Cool Stuff|Tags: |41 Comments

The Top Ten (Sixteen) Lies of Lawyers

Like CEOs, marketers, engineers, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists, lawyers tell their own specialized tales. Most of my experience is with lawyers who do work for tech entrepreneurs, so this is my focus. “I’m really excited about what you are doing and will give your company my personal attention.” Once someone gets to the partner level, [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:18:38+00:00 September 24th, 2007|Categories: Venture Capital|Tags: , |36 Comments

My Visit to Trek: Two Guys in a Barn

The Discovery Channel Team dominated this year’s Tour de France with three riders in the top ten (Contador-1st; Leipheimer-3rd; Yaroslav Popovych-8th) and first place in the team classification. The team used Trek bikes called Madone. Honestly, the most bike riding that I do is to a park less than a mile from my house, but [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:19:27+00:00 August 9th, 2007|Categories: Cool Stuff|Tags: |37 Comments

The Art of Schmoozing II

Susan RoAne wrote the book on schmoozing. Literally: How to Work a Room: Your Essential Guide to Savvy Socializing. The recently updated and revised book is a classic because we will all have to walk into “rooms” that contain meetings, conferences, trade shows, business mixers, fundraisers, and parties and be able to schmooze, make connections, [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:20:31+00:00 June 1st, 2007|Categories: Events, Marketing and Sales|Tags: |45 Comments

The Top Ten Stupid Ways to Hinder Market Adoption

Here’s a compilation of silly and stupid ways companies are hindering adoption of their products and services. I must admit, some of the companies that I’ve invested in have made these mistakes—in fact, that’s why I know these mistakes are (a) silly; (b) stupid; and (c) hinder adoption. Enforced immediate registration. Requiring a new user [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:22:38+00:00 January 29th, 2007|Categories: Marketing and Sales|Tags: |148 Comments

Top Ten Marketing Podcasts

Here’s a collection of podcasts about marketing from Marketing Voices, a weekly podcast that discusses how social media is affecting marketing strategy and practices, by my buddy Jennifer Jones. There’s lots of great information for entrepreneurs and small-business owners in these podcasts. Seth Godin, marketing expert, author. States that small is the new big. People [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:22:48+00:00 January 17th, 2007|Categories: Marketing and Sales|Tags: |33 Comments

“The Top Ten Best (and Worst) Communicators of 2006”

Communications coach Bert Decker just named the ten best and worst communicators of 2006. To whet your appetite, here is the ten worst list: Nancy Grace Barry Bonds Mel Gibson Ray Tillerson Lindsay, Paris, Britney, and Nicole Senator George Allen OJ Simpson Shaquille O’Neal Rosie, Katie, and Meredith George Bush Check out his ten best [...]

By | 2015-03-17T09:41:41+00:00 December 30th, 2006|Categories: Pitching and Presenting|Tags: |11 Comments

Top Ten Entrepreneur’s Song List

Over at Escape From Cubicle Nation, Pam Slim has compiled the top ten entrepreneur’s song list, complete with samples. Speaking of music, I was listening to the Greg Kihn show on KFOX this morning, and Gregg Allman called in because his daughter’s band came in second in the station’s “Last Band Standing” contest. In response [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:23:58+00:00 October 27th, 2006|Categories: Pitching and Presenting|Tags: , , |16 Comments

Top Ten Quotes: America and Americans (Jon Winokur Delivers Again)

America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization. Georges Clemenceau America...just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:24:13+00:00 October 5th, 2006|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |22 Comments