When entrepreneurs say « Risk? What risk ? »

2 articles on how entrepreneurs take decisions made me re-visit how to deal with perceived risk.  The first one « The innovative brain » from the november 2008  issue of Nature and the second one, « into the unkown: How do we get there from here » based on « Marketing under uncertainty: The logic of an effectual approach » in…

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So you think… you are a crazy being an entrepreneur (part 3)

Oh no, this can’t be happening… Excerpt from the article from Pam Slim Square Three: The Hero’s Saga Description: You whittle down your big list of business ideas to one that appears to be viable. You launch the business. Everything goes wrong. People criticize you. You question your sanity. Mantra: This is much worse than…

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What’s your rituals ?

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So you think you are a crazy being an entrepreneur ? (part 2)

« I’m king of the world » Entrepreneurship is quite a roller-coaster ride. Going from the top of the world to the bottom of the sea can happen in a sudden shift, specially in the beginning! In this second post we’ll see where you are and what to do to prevent sailing a sinking ship Excerpt from…

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So you think you are crazy being an entrepreneur ? (part 1)

In her excellent post « You’re aren’t crazy you’re just an entrepreneur » for Open Forum, Pam Slim quotes Martha Beck. She talk about the four stages of an entrepreneur. Let’s look at them and how coaching can help Square One: Death and Rebirth Characteristics: This first stage of change happens when you consciously choose to move…

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Think you’ve got no competitors ?

You’re always fighting for money that comes from someone’s pocket! Who has a claim on that money besides you ? That is a nail that we have to hit repeatedly with innovator and tech firms. And although I agree with a a « blue ocean strategy », customer money will have to come from somewhere Of course…

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Are you a solution looking for a problem ?

Reading @startupPro’s blog post, I said to myself, so many struggling coaches, mentors and business advisors should apply to themselves that simple truth. What is the « real » problem ? Are you just a solution looking for a problem ? Sure every client wants to start/run a business, but what is the real need behind hiring…

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What is a startup ?

Interesting article in UK’s Techcrunch on what is the definition of a startup. The author brings up the question of when a startup can no longer be considered one. It’s the same the world over and the questions usually come up when it’s time to honor a « startup » for something. Here is my reply (and…

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Answering @Genystartup questions

Here are the questions that we’re sent to me 1.)Hello Alain, I personally know you as Alain but to most people, you are the startup coach. Can you give us a brief insight into your background? 2.) Have you been involved with any startups in the past? presently? which ones? 3.) As we all know…

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Of jogging and Start-ups

I was finishing a 5 miles run in a head wind when this blog post came to mind… Each run has it’s challenge. there is always something going wrong. Sometimes it’s the breathing, sometimes my shins are killing me or my knees hurt like hell, a searing pain in my side, other tmes it’s more…

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