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 and send out a weekly newsletter.

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stress

REDUCING STRESS IN STARTUP

Stress is an unavoidable part of a startup. Here are three ways for founders to reduce stress in their business.

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runway

BE WARY OF THE 18 MONTH RUNWAY

If you're about to raise capital, how much runway should you be trying to buy? And what if you've already raised a seed round?

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LEARN FROM WORLD-CLASS FOUNDERS

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4 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS RESPECT YOUR COMPETITION

There is never an advantage to be gained from trashing a rival. The future is never certain and you might end up with working with a competitor

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HOW HISTORY CAN HELP ENTREPRENEURS

History is easily forgotten. And whether it's ignored due to ego or unknowingly dismissed, waste is the byproduct. Here are 3 ways to make history work in your favor.

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5 STEPS TO MAKING A PODCAST WHEN YOU’RE CLUELESS

I want you to steal this approach, create a podcast and starting sharing your wisdom with the world. While they're commuting.

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3 QUESTIONS TO HELP FOUNDERS NAIL GROWTH

On any given day founders have a lot to think about, especially as their business scales. These three questions help to manage the growing pains.

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OVERCOMING VULNERABILITY THANKS TO HAIRY MACLARY

I credit Hairy Maclary and his creator, New Zealand's Dame Lynley Dodd, with helping me realise that a change was desperately needed.

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disruption

BRINGING A KNIFE TO THE DISRUPTION GUN FIGHT

Disruption comes with two inconvenient truths. The first is that it's happening every day, in every industry, in every sector. The second truth is that failure drives innovation.

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pyramids

THE PYRAMIDS AREN’T AS TALL AS YOU THINK

The moral of this story is that you can reach just about anyone online. Learning about the titans in your industry has never been easier but connecting with them comes down to value and the 51% rule.

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EXPECT TO BE TOLD ‘NO’ 500 TIMES BEFORE YOU MAKE A DOLLAR

Here's what I've learned after pitching investors over 700 times and running more marketing campaigns than I can remember. For every new business model you should expect to be told 'no' 500 times before you make your first dollar of monthly recurring revenue. 

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Founder / Family Fit

Is it 'family first'? Of course it is.

I recently shared my thoughts on company building on a new podcast hosted by Shu Das where he asked me about how I integrate family with entrepreneurship. Although this question was unexpected, I constantly think about this pursuit.

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MENTORS

ADVICE FROM MENTORS

Two pieces of advice stay with me each day.

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Co-Founders Need To Be On Your Work Bucket List

That's the bottom line.

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ROLLER COASTER

MANAGING THE ENTREPRENEUR’S ROLLER COASTER

4 tactics to manage through it (or it WILL manage you).

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