Category Archives: The Startup (iTipArtists)

Lesson #8: Yes, it does take 40+ hours of consistent work to make a startup…start

Yes, it sucks, but I believe this is true. There is a saying we learned in the incubator: “life does not stop because you start a company.” Which means, your other job, your other commitments and all of your family … Continue reading

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Lesson #7: Incubate, but be assertive

You might be wondering if being in the incubator at Arizona Center for Innovation helped iTipArtists along. The answer is yes, it did, immensely! For anyone building a startup business for the first time, incubators are a great resource of … Continue reading

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Lesson #6. My legal advice:

My legal advice to anyone who is uncomfortable about legal business issues: you know so much more than you think you do about the basic legal forms you need to set up in your business. Just do it! Any business … Continue reading

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Lesson #5: Just Make Something!

Another idea from Guy Kawasaki’s book The Art of the Start that really informed me was the concept that your business should be working on a product as top priority. I know that sounds simple, yet another “duh”. However, with … Continue reading

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Lesson #4: Bossiness does have its place. (Be a pain the patoot when you need to be!)

At the session for Building Your Dream Team at the Arizona Center for Innovation, there were two great mentors present to discuss ideas and answer questions from the incubator clients. The mentors are in leadership roles in tech companies in … Continue reading

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Lesson #3: Leadership is not JUST Bossiness

The Arizona Center for Innovation has a series of learning sessions to mentor your company to launch. I found most of them quite useful and informative. One of the most memorable for me was Creating Your Dream Team, all about … Continue reading

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Lesson #1. A Great Idea is Easy. I Will Have Others.

I found Guy Kawasaki’s book The Art of the Start to be one of the catalysts for the epiphany I had that I needed to leave iTipArtists. At some point he mentions how, in comparison to creating a company that … Continue reading

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