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 Startup, Startup GrindThe Mission, or Dent.

I also talk too fast on my Founder to Founder podcast, answer a startup question each day on Quora and send out a weekly newsletter.

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between

HOW TO MOVE BETWEEN VENTURES

Here is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, In Between, which lays out the approach to help entrepreneurs move between ventures.

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tools

TOOLS TO START A VENTURE

Here is a list of battle-tested tools to help you start. And stop wasting time looking for, well, tools.

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beginner

THE BEGINNER MINDSET

The beginner mindset is an essential belief system for entrepreneurs. It’s equal parts naivety, courage and vision and underpinned by how quickly an entrepreneur can learn.

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social

THOUGHTS ON SOCIAL PERFORMANCE

A little over a decade ago an anthropologist introduced me to social performance. She shared its three tenets with incredible clarity and they have stayed with me ever since.

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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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