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New Book Cover Feedback Survey & Drawing

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

I’m working on a new book about how to deliver a persuasive pitch or presentation and I would like your feedback on the title of the book and the cover design. I have two ideas 1) Dog & Pony and 2) Pitch Ninja. Please take a look at these two options and answer the questions below. Respondents have the option to enter a drawing for a free copy of the book when its ready. Thank you, in advance, for your...

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Slicing Pie Webinar Recording

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Below is the recording for the Slicing Pie webinar from March 12 covering the basics of a Grunt Fund along with some Q&A- thank you to all who attended! There is a little lag time, the audio actually starts at 9:08!

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Slicing Pie on Illinois Business Week

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Slicing Pie on Illinois Business this Week 2/21/14 from Perfect Cut Productions on Vimeo.

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Human Resource ABCs

Posted by on Jan 11, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

Many managers think of their employees as “A, B or C” employees. In some cases, companies actually get rid of “C” employees on a regular basis. I’ve never seen anyone actually define what it means to be an A, B or C employee so I took it upon myself to outline how I think it breaks down: A employee- takes the company forward in a meaningful way. Goals are benchmarks, not the end game. Puts the needs of the overall business first with an understanding that personal rewards follow corporate gains. Bolster’s team spirit through...

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Top Ten Startup Lessons Learned

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

People say you learn more from your failures than your success. After many years doing startups, startup-like jobs and advising startups I still don’t have a private jet so I must have a wealth of important lessons to share. Here are the Top Ten, or at least the Top Ten I could think of while sitting here in the back row of coach. Always collect a nickel from everyone who promises to buy from you. Do this and you won’t need any other revenue stream. People make promises all the time, especially to bright-eyed entrepreneurs. Nobody wants...

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Radio Interview: Mike Moyer on Dynamic Equity Splits

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Mike Moyer interviewed on Product Management Talk Radio about the benefits of dynamic equity splits. Check Out Business Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with ProdMgmtTalk on BlogTalkRadio

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Release Notes: Version 2.3

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Blog | 3 comments

Thank you to those who provided feedback and edits to earlier versions of this book. I have updated the book and have created this version 2.3. In this release I’ve added the following: Updated dedication (because we had a new baby) QR Codes that link to A La Mode topics Grunt Glossary (please let me know if I should add other terms) A variety of graphical and grammatical edits The concept of a Grunt Daily Resource Rate (GDRR) with a chart on page 61 A note about milestones on page 67 A recommendation for a maximum GHRR on page 69 The...

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Milestones

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Unfortunately, earning pie with hours does provide incentive to work more hours which is something you will want to keep a close eye on. In some cases, you may want to provide extra encouragement for getting something done and extra discouragement for taking too much time. You can do this by sitting with the herd and discussing how much time it will take to reach important milestones. For instance, your developer may estimate 80 hours to complete a working prototype. The hours will be accrued only when and if the milestone is met and only up...

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Slicing Pie for Ignite Chicago

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

I did a five-minute Slicing Pie overview on dynamic equity splits for an audience in Chicago. It wasn’t enough time to do it justice, but I think it’s a good high level overview. For a more detailed overview you can see a recording of my webinar for the Small Business...

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OwnYourVenture.com

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Grunt Funds are perfect for bootstrapped start-up companies who want to use equity when they don’t have cash. If your company has enough money to pay people for their goods and services you won’t have to use equity. One of the best ways to get money is to generate revenues and profits, but you can also go out and raise the money from investors. When you raise money from investors you can use the money to pay people you might have otherwise given equity to. If you pay them a fair market rate then they should be happy because they...

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