Category Archives: Startups

Posts in this category contain information that applies especially to startups and new businesses.

Tim Berry on the Type of Business Plan YOU Need

People often  ask Tim Berry, author and founder of Palo Alto Software, what type of business plan they need.  “It comes up a lot and it’s hard to answer specifically,” he says in this video, “but I kind of like asking … Continue reading

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Michael Hess on 5 Ways Your Business Plan Can Turn and Bite You

Michael Hess, CEO of Skooba Design, has some excellent advice in this CBS News Money Watch article for all you entrepreneurs out there: “Challenge everything about your (business) plan, then challenge it again. Making unrealistic assumptions and/or kidding yourself – … Continue reading

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Dr. Steven Gedeon on Business Plan Writing

Dr. Steven Gedeon, PhD, MBA at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management has seen both sides of the entrepreneurship game, as an entrepreneur and as a venture capitalist. He brings insights from both worlds to this excellent video interview on business plan … Continue reading

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Entrepreneur Magazine’s Five Questions Your Business Plan Must Answer

We’ve told you what not to put in your business plan. Isn’t it high time we told you what must be put in your business plan? Gwen Moran at Entrepreneur’s StartUps has a few thoughts on the answers your business … Continue reading

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Tim Berry’s 3 Tips for Dealing with Uncertainty in Your Business Plan

Let’s face it, you won’t be able to predict the future when you write a business plan with perfect accuracy, especially those all-important sales figures. That goes double if you’re writing a business plan for a new business. That much … Continue reading

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Tim Berry on Seven Business Plan Pitfalls and Mistakes

Tim Berry is the author of two books – 3 Weeks to Startup and The Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan – and has reviewed hundreds of business plans. He sums up seven pitfalls that can torpedo even the sexiest business plan in … Continue reading

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Business Plan Resources at the Small Business Administration

The U. S. Small Business Administration‘s Web site is a great resource for small businesses, and its section on writing business plans is essential for anyone new to business plans. Their breakdown of the “Essential Elements of a Business Plan” … Continue reading

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Richard Branson on the Most Common Mistakes Made By Startups (and How to Avoid Them)

Richard Branson is the founder of Virgin Group, which has created over 300 branded companies employing 54,000 people in 30 countries. We can therefore say that he knows a thing or two about startups. Entrepreneur magazine recently asked him the … Continue reading

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