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Advisory Board Advice

Posted by Seth Elliott On September - 23 - 2010

When sitting through entrepreneurs’ presentations, I often find myself cringing when the “Advisory Board” slide makes its appearance. Advisory Boards have been in vogue for some time. In the “go-go” years of the first internet bubble, every company had such a group filled with household names. Even today, I find many startups use advisory boards […]

Entrepreneurial Expectations & Superhero Status

Posted by Seth Elliott On September - 9 - 2010

“Seth,” a coaching client said to me recently, “I love being an entrepreneur. I was prepared for pressure – but I never realized how much of the pressure would come from expectations.” It’s one of the dirty little secrets of entrepreneurship. Part of the reason why many people start new ventures is that you are […]

Why You Dismiss Good Ideas

Posted by Seth Elliott On March - 3 - 2010

I sent an email to a client last week detailing several innovative strategies that one of his competitors is deploying in their go-to-market plan. I had discovered some information suggesting that the competitor was reaping significant benefits from this approach. Naturally, I wanted my client to be fully briefed on this subject, in the hopes […]

Avoiding Bad Assumptions

Posted by Seth Elliott On February - 10 - 2010

There’s no doubt that entrepreneurs, and business people in general, often make quick decisions that rely on gut feel. In of itself, there’s nothing at all wrong with this. A strong intuitive capability is, in fact, a key trait of many successful entrepreneurs. Nevertheless, running a business “on the fly” isn’t always the best approach. […]

Which CEO Type Are You?

Posted by Seth Elliott On February - 2 - 2010

I’ve received a number of communications lately from entrepreneurs that are in the process of (or preparing to) raise growth capital. In a number of other posts, we’ve addressed various components of the fund raising process and will continue to do so here at the Unchained Entrepreneur. Today, I want to address the role that […]