Thoughts on starting companies, leadership, networking and technology.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

New Blog Location for Me...

Hi all:

Thanks for checking out my blog. My good friend and one-time business partner, Brian Johnson, has started a great new company and I'm going to be blogging there from now on. Please join me at Zaadz and check out my new BLOG!

See you at Zaadz!


Thursday, December 29, 2005

Entrepreneur of the Year Nomination

The people over at Venture Voice have honored me with a nomination as Entrepreneur of the Year. I'm on a list with some very impressive individuals, but I'd appreciate it your vote if you feel I deserve it!

Just click on the banner below and it will take you to the site. Voting must be complete by January 9th. Thank you!

Vote for the 2005 Venture Voice Entrpreneur of the Year

Monday, December 26, 2005

Book Review -- "eboys" -- Venture Capital

I just finished reading the book "eboys" about Benchmark Capital during the go-go Internet crazy days. It was a great walk through of some of Benchmark's most noteable investments including ebay, Webvan, Priceline,, and others. In the last few chapters, a new partner is brought into the group, Bill Gurley, who now writes a great blog called "Bill Gurley's Above the Crowd" about the economics of investing in technology. Note: I don't see any new posting by Bill in the last few months, but there is still some great stuff there.

The book is very easy to read and provides a great introduction to the VC world including the language, behavior, and thought processes that VCs go through in order to make an investment decision. It would be a great read for any entrepreneur that is considering taking in Venture Capital.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

One of my heroes -- Pat Tillman

I find it remarkable that someone can take all that they've worked for and been able to accomplish in life against innumerable odds and set that aside for something bigger than they are... That's exactly what Pat Tillman did by leaving a great career in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals to join the US Army Special Forces in Afghanistan and pay the ultimate price. How many of us would be willing to risk that? Or even something close to that?

The Pat Tillman Foundation was created by the Tillman family following Pat's death. As a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization, the Foundation's goal and mission is to carry Pat's legacy forward by inspiring people to make positive changes in themselves and in the world around them. This will be accomplished through the implementation of a program called Leadership Through ActionTM.

The Leadership Through Action™ Program provides the inspiration, tools, and experience to help tomorrow's leaders identify problems and social ills that touch them, develop potential solutions to those problems, test the solutions, and ultimately implement those solutions with funding from the Foundation or community. A key element of the program is that it involves today's leaders who participate and give back by serving as instructors, mentors, and coaches...creating a network of leaders.

What a great program. Can you get involved? What kind of sacrifice can you make for something bigger than you are?


Monday, December 19, 2005

More on networking...

I read a great article in Harvard Business Review this month about networking. The article actually gives you step-by-step directions on how to evaluate and augment your professional network. I think it offers some great suggestions and, most importantly, underscores the importance of your network in being successful.

I don't think most people really spend any time seriously considering their own network. They should! I've found that creating my profile on LinkedIn helped me a lot with this process. In my profile on LinkedIn I list out all of my interests, professional experiences, and it even allows my references to comment on and evaluate their interactions with me. I've successfully used LinkedIn to reach out to media buyers and advertisers in my network to help grow my new company, Trump Exclusives.

Are you networking? What is your goal or objective?

Network. Network. Network.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Take Command: 10 Leadership Principles I Learned in the Military and Put to Work for Donald Trump

I finished my book!

It will be available on January 23rd and is currenlty available for pre-order off of Amazon.

I'm excited about the book and look forward to your feedback in my forums!

Happy Holidays!


Saturday, October 22, 2005

5 Networking Tips

Over 90% of all jobs are found through networking. That’s right, over 90%. Don’t believe me? How did you find out about your current job? Did someone in the company know you? Did one of your friends or colleagues tell you about the job? In all likelihood one or more of these things occurred. Four years ago I co-founded and led as the CEO an event production company called The Layoff Lounge. We produced more than 150 events for job seekers, recruiters and hiring companies. There are some steadfast rules to networking that I saw employed in these settings and have shown remarkable results. Here are five tips for networking effectively:

1. Get Out There. Whatever it is you’re trying to network for…a job, more sales, or even a soul mate…you have to get out there to be seen and grow your network so that you can assist others and they can assist you. Find all of the events in your area related to your target and get involved with them. You are guaranteed not to meet anyone sitting at home watching television! This is the first step to successful networking.

2. Listen. Networking isn’t about telling others what they can do for you. You need to listen carefully in order to figure out the best way to help someone else. By helping someone else, you’re actually helping two people – both the people you are connecting. And guess what, they’ll feel indebted to you for the assistance and you’ll be at the forefront of their mind.

3. Focus. Don’t try and tell everyone your life story! Boring… Before any networking function you attend, determine what exactly it is you want to accomplish. Make an actual list of the 2-3 things you want to accomplish and stay focused on them during the event. Obviously, that doesn’t mean you should ignore a great opportunity if it presents itself but wasn’t on the list. If you really focus like a single rifle shot, you’ll find that you will have much better luck and be more productive networking than when you go into the event with no plan and a shotgun spray approach.

4. Follow Through. If you say you’re going to help someone by connecting them to someone with a potential job or someone with a shared interest, do it. If you say you are going to call them before Thursday, do it. Otherwise, don’t say it. The worst thing you can do is offer to help and then renege. This network that you let down is the one that is supposed to help you when you need it. If you don’t perform, they’ll see that and never connect you with something you need.

5. Use Technology. There are various networking sites that allow you to search you very own network more effectively than trying to remember everyone you know. My favorite is LinkedIn because it is easy to use and has always provided me with great contacts. Regardless of which one you use, get online and create your profile so that others can find you. Make sure you are accurate and you keep it up to date.

Good luck networking!


Welcome Everyone!!!!!

Thank you for visiting my blog. I'm trying this to see how things work and would love to know your reaction. My personal website has a lot of my information and activiites on it, but I wanted to try this format to see how it works. I'm 10 months into my "Apprenticeship" with Donald Trump and learning a lot and having a blast. My book will publish in January 2006 and I'm excited about it!