Thoughts on starting companies, leadership, networking and technology.

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!