Yearly Archives: 2015

Greed Is Good? For-Profits vs. Nonprofits

What is the difference between nonprofits and for-profit enterprises? If you listen to the popular media, for-profits are greedy, nasty organizations that succeed by taking advantage of poorly informed customers.

|04 Aug 2015

Why You Can’t Run Your Company Like Google

Google’s Eric, Larry and Sergey in a self-driving car; January 20, 2011
I think we all know that Google is an outlier in business, but we can’t help comparing ourselves to them.

|21 Jul 2015

Chasing Unicorns: The Beginning of the End

There is a constant theme in the business world: Some enterprising individual uncovers a new way to make money and makes a fortune.

|07 Jul 2015

How to Engineer Employee Alignment

What’s the top challenge of CEOs? Employee alignment, according to many I speak with all over the country. Making sure each employee understands the company’s strategic objectives and is continually working towards them is critical.

|16 Jun 2015

Under Armour CEO on Decision-Making

Kevin Plank, Under Armour CEO, interviewed by WP Engine CEO Heather Brunner during the event; Photo credit: Austin Technology Council
I attended the Austin Technology Council CEO Summit last week and heard Kevin Plank, the founder and CEO of Under Ar

|03 Jun 2015

12 Ways CEOs Build Learning into Their Daily Routines

Great CEOs are great learners, with a thirst for knowledge and ideas that they continually apply to their jobs. The challenge is finding time to learn and improve your skills. It can be done.

|27 May 2015

SXSW Videos on the CEO Role

If you’d like to watch my SXSW presentation on the CEO role, here are three of the videos edited into manageable chunks.

|13 May 2015

The Top 15 Essential CEO Skills

What are the CEO skills needed for success on the job? Once CEOs understand the five responsibilities of the role and the six ways they should spend their time, I think there are 15 key skills they should cultivate.

|21 Apr 2015

Why Are VCs Biased Against Me?

In my 20-year career as a CEO, I have had more than 100 venture capital meetings but have been successful raising money exactly once.

|25 Mar 2015

Austin CEOs Have Class! (starting in April)

Calling all CEOs in the Austin area: I am ramping up for my annual CEO class sponsored by the Rice Alliance Austin Chapter, Austin Technology Incubator, and the Austin Technology Council.

|10 Mar 2015

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