SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR AND WRITER

Hi, I’m Phil. I started building businesses at the age of 10. Right now I’m growing the world’s best news app: inkl.

The writing started in 2008 and this is my blog.

Each week I share the experiences, tips and failures I’ve earned over the course of my journey. Topics range from product design and sales to fundraising, to culture. You may have read some of them on The Mission, Startup Grind or Dent.

I also talk too fast on my Founder to Founder podcast and send out a weekly newsletter.

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love

LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED

The need to grow companies quickly means founders sometimes prioritise acquiring anyone who likes their product instead of people who love it. They fall for the ‘like mirage’ which is often terminal.

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growth

EXPLAINING GROWTH

Using a revenue growth rate mind-set and a collection of traction-related stories is the best way to explain growth.

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financing

PRESS RELEASES ABOUT FINANCING ARE LIGHTNING RODS FOR STARTUPS

Press releases about financings are not marketing for startups. They are the PR equivalent of vanity metrics. And rarely do good things comes from vanity alone.


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isolation

ISOLATION, DEPRESSION & BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR

Isolation and depression are taboo topics in entrepreneurship. They have devastating consequences but there is a signal you can act on.


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writing

WHY WRITING EACH WEEK MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE

Blogging became a habit in 2014 and it helps me reflect and sharpen my thinking. Today, I write for four reasons and two people each week. And here's why you should too.


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auditions

THE PAID AUDITIONS PLAYBOOK

Paid auditions are opportunities to work with someone before you tie the knot and become employee and employer. Here's the playbook to make paid auditions a successful part of your business.


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Lessons

12 LESSONS FOR ENTREPRENEURS TO CARRY INTO 2018

These 12 lessons come from notes I’ve made each week in 2017. This wholesale reflection helps to make sense of the year that was and gain clarity on lessons learned, ones that will be just as important in 2018.


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WIN

10 REASONS WHY ENTREPRENEURS WIN

Entrepreneurs win for 10 reasons. Military forces win for different reasons and it might surprise you to learn that these reasons often overlap.


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WORLD

HOW TO KEEP UP WITH THE WORLD

If you're drowning in information and starving for wisdom, there is one email you'll enjoy reading each week. It's written by Tom Wharton.


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winding up

THE RULES TO FOLLOW WHEN WINDING UP A VENTURE

No one invests in a venture expecting it to fail. If that time comes, there are two sets of rules to follow when winding it up.


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How To Validate An Idea in 30 Days

HOW TO VALIDATE AN IDEA IN 30 DAYS

Before you spend time writing a business plan that gives you (and no one else) comfort, learn if someone will pay for what you’re selling.


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SELLING IF YOU’RE A RELUCTANT SALES PERSON

SELLING WHEN YOU’RE A RELUCTANT SALESPERSON

Selling is the art and science of convincing people to act. Here are the 12 truths that turn reluctant salespeople into sales ninjas.


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Strategic Partnership Incentives

HOW TO INCENTIVISE A STRATEGIC PARTNER

Startups often face a real conundrum when trying to align incentives to land a strategic partner. Here's how to approach and solve this issue.


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losing your way

LOSING YOUR WAY & 5 STEPS TO GET BACK ON TRACK

Losing your way is the result of losing perspective. Here are the 5 steps I use (and prescribe to founders) to get back on track.


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