SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR AND WRITER

Hi, I’m Phil. I started building businesses at the age of 10. Right now I’m building a new biotechnology venture.

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 and culture. You may have read some of them on The Startup, Startup Grind, or The Mission.

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

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advice

MAKING SENSE OF STARTUP ADVICE

Startup founders are advice magnets. How you triage advice can make all the difference and I hope this approach helps you too.

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PODCAST: LEARN FROM WORLD-CLASS FOUNDERS

Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and everywhere you listen to podcasts.

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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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start

AM I READY FOR START-UP?

How do you know when the time is right to start a new venture or jump into a start-up full-time?

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RAISE

HOW DO I RAISE MONEY FOR MY STARTUP?

Raising capital is part process, part endurance event.

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CAPITAL

11 THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT RAISING CAPITAL THE FIRST TIME AROUND

Any founder will tell you that fundraising is an essential distraction.

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FRIENDS

MOVING FROM FRIENDS TO CO-FOUNDERS

Here's how you can make it work.

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YOUR PURPOSE IS 2 CLUES AWAY

Thanks to Reid Hoffman and my daughter’s school principal.

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