Mention: The Scariest Business Stories You Haven’t Heard Yet

We Had 72 Days to Develop an App for a Retail Partner. The scariest thing was hearing that we had 72 days to develop a new mobile app that interfaced with GPS devices in order to satisfy the requirements of one of the world's largest electronic retailer. It would have been a company killer if we had missed it. Beyond all doubts, and with the help of an amazing development team, we worked relentles … Read More

Andrew Thomas

Prevent distractions. -- Many hours each day are consumed by distractions that are not always pertinent to your daily objectives. The best solution for this problem is prevention. A good first step is to create a routine for each day and resist any temptation to deviate. Next, restrict answering emails to a defined blocks of time and do not take phone calls from people you don't know. Maintaining your boundaries is critical.

Andrew Thomas

The difference between my life before and after discovering the power of routines is a clear as night and day. Holding space for the activities that spark creative thinking and foster new ideas is a key element for creating sustainable success in business and life. It may seem like routines are designed to be consistent, and this is true — good routines are consistent. However, that doesn’t mea … Read More

Article: Raising Money? Don’t Make These 7 Mistakes

Ready to raise? Excellent. Fundraising for your startup is equal parts thrilling and challenging. Your approach to fundraising will have a huge impact on your success and, more importantly, your ability to attract the right investor. One way to prepare for your pitch is to learn the common mistakes that founders make while raising early rounds of capital -- and how to avoid them. I learned t … Read More

They Don’t Making a Game Plan With Their Investor -- The time immediately after you close your round is the best time to build a plan with your VC or investor how they can be help you move forward. While this was likely discussed, the best time to actually define the plan with deadlines is right after the deal. That’s when the optimism and excitement is up.

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Article: Travel Tips to Keep You Healthy and Productive

Great founders are always looking for an edge to increase their performance, especially in the face of limited time. As the saying goes, time equals money. I’ll add that sanity equals money, and so does health. And it’s often hardest to maintain your time, health and sanity while traveling. Having completed at least 40 round-trips so far in 2015, I’ve traveled across the country for SkyBell, my … Read More

Gain control over user experience -- A native app allows you to deliberately design your user experience around mobile and to create a stickier relationship with your user. By using your native app, you can better code an experience with gestures, features and behaviors that may lead to better experience or conversion. For example, swipes and pinching can make navigating much more efficient and effective. Beyond the user interface, a native app allows you to make more use of APIs designed specifically for the experience you're trying to accomplish. When done correctly, a user understands the value of using your app and adopts the use of your native app as a central part of the experience.

Andrew Thomas

Show progress on your milestones. -- A major reason for an update is to show where you are in executing your vision and achieving the milestones necessary to reach your goals. Remind investors of what the initial milestones and goals were, and then share how you reached them — or why you did not. You can also use that time to share new updates and perhaps new avenues to change your strategy. Show your investors that you are always focused on carrying out your strategy by giving them a transparent look at your progress against your goals.

Andrew Thomas

Show progress on your milestones. -- A major reason for an update is to show where you are in executing your vision and achieving the milestones necessary to reach your goals. Remind investors of what the initial milestones and goals were, and then share how you reached them — or why you did not. You can also use that time to share new updates and perhaps new avenues to change your strategy. Show your investors that you are always focused on carrying out your strategy by giving them a transparent look at your progress against your goals.

Andrew Thomas

How to Meditate. -- In 10 short minutes you could easily learn a meditation practice that you can take with you the rest of your life. Meditation helps calm your mind, ease stress and bring clarity to your everyday life. My productivity increases whenever I meditate consistently and noticeably declines when I fall out of my routine. Watch a YouTube video or read a quick blog post on how to meditate. It’s easy.

Andrew Thomas