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Entrepreneurship: Unwavering Focus

One of the things that our VCs went on an on about was focus. Focus on the bottom line, focus on spending, focus on employee morale, focus on the competition, but mostly focus on the vision and attaining that vision. Focus, focus, focus. It’s easier to say than it is to do. There are just […]

The First Year from Hell

Continuing on with the saga that was my life as an entrepreneur, we come to the end of 1999 and the dreaded Year 2000 (Y2K). Suddenly it was nearing Christmas in 1999 and Y2K hype was everywhere. According to analysts and experts the world was about to end. I had my doubts, but it was […]

The Move and the Big Start

Returning to my recollections on Texar, we come to the latest installment on the aspects of being an entrepreneur at Texar. An investment from VCs in the bank and visions of grandeur. That’s where we were in the Spring of 1999. We needed office space and found 3500 sq. ft. of it in the west […]

Darth Vader: Venture Capitalist

I’ve been through a number of start-ups and friends of mine are still toiling through theirs. And although I have rejoined their ranks as a CTO in a research-oriented startup I don’t miss the turmoil associated with trying to please investors, customers, and employees all before you have a product. Especially when it seems that […]

Sales, Salespeople, and Salesmanship

In my prior entrepreneurship entry I talked about the key hires that a company had to make early on in its life. I purposely left out one of the most important: the sales team. This could be a VP of Sales, a Director of Sales, whatever, but for a company to succeed it needs to […]

Entrepreneurship: Staffing a CEO

I tend to view things fairly simply. From coding to business I’ve found that this works exceedingly well. There are always special cases, but I tend to handle those on a case-by-case basis. I try to keep the general workings of my code, my life, and my business fairly straightforward. It’s saved me from a […]

Entrepreneurship: Who to Hire

When a company is started it’s crucial to ensure that the right people are brought on board at the right time. All too often a company starts up with a slew of techies with little or no business acumen and even less understanding of markets and market drivers. And since every successful company must sell […]

The Real Work Begins

During the Winter of 1998-99 I had spent time discussing the possibility of having certain people join me at Texar. I had my sights on a number of people who I had known from prior interactions and with whom I’d hoped to reconnect. One of my primary targets was Tony, who I had met at […]

Riding the Rollercoaster
Riding the Rollercoaster

In 1998 I graduated with another degree in Computer Science, this time a Master’s degree. If nothing else it proved I had enough perseverance to get to the end game. Even so it was only the start of my intentions. My wife and I wanted to take the technology I had developed and take it […]

The Beginning: Becoming an Entrepreneur
The Beginning: Becoming an Entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur all starts with a single desire: to change the world. You think you can change it by coming up with a cool piece of technology, something no one else has. Something that will fundamentally change and challenge the way the world functions within a particular arena. My arena of expertise is computer […]

Do It Again

The question every entrepreneur gets is: “Would you do it again?” Although many waffle on the answer they do usually agree that they would do it again, but that they would definitely change a number of things. Founding Texar, hunting down and securing venture financing, hiring dozens of people, and unexpectedly riding the dot com […]

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