Author Archives: TechonomicMan

About TechonomicMan

Manager, Entrepreneurial Services at Ben Franklin Technology Partners in Northeast PA.

Build Your Companies…With Good Boards

Most of the new founders I’ve ever met roll their eyes when I suggest that they form an advisory board.  One of the main reasons people found their own companies is to have supreme magisterial control over their empire.  They … Continue reading

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The Four Seasons of Your Start-Up Begin in the Spring

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s been about 9 months since I posted anything…time to get busy! While I’m working on some new stuff, I thought I’d re-post this since it’s, well…you know, Spring. I spend a lot of time with … Continue reading

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The Four Seasons of Your Start-Up…Autumn Begins! (reprise)

(Originally posted in 2012…thought of it as I picked my last tomato of the season yesterday!) The temperature outside my window last night dipped to 44, the crickets have stopped chirping and my wife told me that she “can’t manage … Continue reading

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Assessing Your Competitive Landscape…It’s a Forest Out There

I’m finally going to get a business plan pet peeve off my chest and onto your shoulders.  I’ve decided that I’ve read my last business plan with a “Competition” section that blithely lists a few direct competitors and a factoid … Continue reading

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Please Do Not Take This Advice

As a start up founder, you have a responsibility to yourself, your co-founders and your fledgling company to seek out the best advice you can about how to grow and manage your venture. I would advise you to not follow … Continue reading

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Venture Tips Update….Make Your Business About Your Customers, Not Your Technology

I originally published the majority of this post back in January, 2012, but I was reminded of the issue again today…twice.  So I updated the post on why you should think of your business in their terms. A founder came … Continue reading

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Why I Loathe Tumblr.

I loathe Tumblr. But not for the 1.1 billion reasons that you think. Sure, I’m a little professionally jealous that I’ve never had a client sell themselves for $1.1 billion. But it’s not like I had a chance to invest … Continue reading

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The Search for Serendipity…And Why It Matters To Your Venture

I turn 48 this week and like most people passing from one year to the next, I find myself a bit nostalgic for the way things used to be.  One of the things I miss…a little at least…has gotten extremely … Continue reading

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My Podcast with SSTI – Ben Franklin wins National Entrepreneurial Capacity Builder of the Year 2012

  We were delighted to win this award last year and had a chance to talk about it with Phillip Battle of SSTI.  SSTI is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving government-industry programs that encourage economic growth through the … Continue reading

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Scalawags, Scoundrels, and Other Corporate Partners

If you only quickly scan this post, you may get the impression I’m suggesting that relationships with companies larger than your start-up are not a good idea.  If you are getting that impression, please keep reading.  For almost all B-to-B … Continue reading

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