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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

One Day at a Time

The conventional wisdom is that a formal business plan improves the results of a startup or small business. There is no valid evidence to support that lie. For more see the book "Just Start", Harvard Business Review Press. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Experiments Instead of Plans.

I pointed out decades ago formal business plans kill new businesses. 

What do successful startups do instead? 

Rather than say they "experiment" with prospects I use the more common term "selling." 

Successful business start by selling. The best thing to do to start a new business is to sell something to someone. 

Selling is pay as you go market research, and it is much more accurate than a research interview. The question "would you buy this if we had it" and "will you give me a check for this now" are entirely different questions. 

For more see my little book on Amazon "Daring Mighty Things-- The Simplest Way to Start Your First (or Next) New Business." 

Triggered just now when I watched current conventional thinking about business startup: Google "osterwalder's business model canvas planning kills" there are several videos that make the same points.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Our common purpose:

 #COChambers We cooperate with all Colorado chambers, clubs, associations, colleges, all who share our common purpose: to recover, imagine, think, and learn; to start, grow, and flourish; and to help others do the same, and in that way to strengthen the grassroots, the individual voice of the common person, in business and politics. 

We do not lobby or endorse candidates or issues; our purpose is to inform, not reform.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Happy Ben Franklin's Birthday! American Hero!

Many people think Franklin was US President, he would have easily been elected even though very much too old by the time Washington took office. So he doesn't get recognized on President's Day.

I'd like to see his birthday (today, born January 17, 1706) and Martin Luther King's birthday combined into a two day celebration if America's Hero's,  with 4 new members elected by registered voters at each general election.

Every major sport has a hall of fame, celebrities and entertainers have all kinds of ways to be recognized, but what about the citizen like Franklin who never was President but made every other President possible, likely we would not have a country today if not for him.

Watch for more about this in the next few days. We will discuss Friday as part of our LoDo Denver IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop. Join us!

John Wren

Monday, January 9, 2017

Startup Show Guests

Yes, Tweet your 140-character startup story, but before you are interviewed for the Startup Show we ask you attend our LoDo Denver Group Sampler. It's free. Check it out on our Meetup site,

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Tell us your startup story?

Your business was whose idea? Tweet startup story in 140 to @IDEACafe, we'll invite you to be guest on Startup Show.