Author Archives: John Bradberry

Give Your Idea Time to Take Flight — (Part 2 ): PERSONAL ENDURANCE

Get rich quick.  Swing for the fences.  Change the universe.  Do it now. These are the hopes that fuel many an entrepreneurial dream. But turning even the greatest idea into a viable, sustainable, and healthy business usually takes time. Lots … Continue reading

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SXSW 2012 Follow-up: How to be Extremely Passionate and Absolutely Realistic

Just returned home from the 2012 version of the annual stimulation-provocation-fest that is South by Southwest (SXSW).  Thank you to everyone who attended my solo talk on Saturday about the “war” between passion and realism. Great crowd – great engagement, input, and … Continue reading

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9 Reasons to Start a Business (and Why All Reasons are Not Created Equal)

  “He who has a why can endure any how.”                                                             … Continue reading

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Dodging the Passion Trap (2-minute video)

  “What’s your book about?“ I took some time today to pull together some slides from a few recent talks. This 2-minute piece (I hope) does a decent job of articulating the core premise of the book:     If you … Continue reading

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What is Your Entrepreneurial Profile? Find Out (for free) in the “Name That Tool” Contest

We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback about the tool so far, but we’re looking for your best ideas for a new name. We hope that the tool’s name appeals both within academic settings (e.g., business schools and entrepreneur programs) and within the broader world of startups and high-growth businesses. Continue reading

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“6 Secrets . . . 5 Founders” (Excerpted)

On September 1, in partnership with Charlotte’s Business Innovation and Growth (BIG) Council, I was honored to pull together four founders and investors, all featured in my recent book, to share observations and lessons from a multitude of startup launches … Continue reading

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Cultivating Trust as a Business Tool (or Why 5-Hour Meetings Might Be a Great Idea)

If you want to launch a business from scratch, it’s hard to find a better entrepreneurial role model than J.C. Faulkner.  J.C. is one of the four core founders whose startup stories I follow throughout my book, and is a … Continue reading

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Attach to Your Customer, Not to Your Idea

    (This post is excerpted from Chapter 4 of my recent book, 6 Secrets to Startup Success) The next time you’re in line at a fast food restaurant or a corner drugstore, pay attention to the transaction happening in front … Continue reading

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Execute on Your Market Opportunity

  I’ve had a good time as a guest on Jim Blasingame’s Small Business Advocate radio series over the last 5 months. Jim and I have a good time talking to each other. I appreciate his tendency to drive a concept … Continue reading

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An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Radical Management – A Conversation with Steve Denning

I first met Steve Denning this past December at 800-CEO-READ‘s author Pow-Wow, an inspiring gathering at Milwaukee’s Iron Horse Hotel. Steve struck me as a friendly, unassuming person who didn’t want to stand out amid the bustling crowd of ambitious authors … Continue reading

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