Article: Dating an Entrepreneur: 10 Brutal Truths You Need to Know

Entrepreneurs are exciting people, but they aren't always the easiest to work with when it comes to building a romantic relationship. It isn't that entrepreneurs can't be quality partners or that you can't enjoy a great relationship with an entrepreneur, but their relentless ambition, complete lack of work-life balance and demanding schedule can be difficult to manage, especially if you don't shar … Read More

Don’t Interrupt -- It boggles my mind how often people interrupt others — it’s one of the fastest ways to become unlikable. The best way to be likable, and to make a great first impression, is to listen more than you speak. Ask questions and let the other person do much of the talking. And above all else, don’t interrupt them. I’ve closed millions of dollars worth of deals by listening and not interrupting.

Andrew Thomas

The world of startups is constantly moving and evolving. With the exponential growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) and automated technologies in recent years, innovative new companies are often funded, acquired and transformed from startups to industry leaders extremely quickly. We first met Andrew Thomas, Co-founder and CRO of SkyBell, at our 2014 Internet of Things Summit in San Francisco, where he where he presented expertise on customer demand in the smart home space. Since then, SkyBell has been named the best smart video doorbell, raised $600k through crowdfunding, and has been incorporated into connected home systems by companies such as Honeywell, SmartThings, I-control and Nest. Looking ahead to IoT Day on 9 April, we caught up with Andrew to learn more about the latest developments at SkyBell and in the home automation industry.

Andrew Thomas

Starting and growing a business is one of the hardest things you'll ever do. The road to startup success is full of mental and emotional demands, but the best founders can navigate a path in the face of uncertainty. Trust is the pillar of the founder's journey. You must learn to trust yourself, and trust that things will work out in line with to your intentions and goals. When negative thoughts … Read More

When you look at the most iconic leaders and entrepreneurs, it's easy to focus on the outward symbols of their success--acquisitions, IPOs, or titles, for example. Yet it is their internal achievement--the development of a growth mindset--that is really their greatest driver of success. One of the biggest factors for sustainable achievement is a growth mindset that values learning. Icons like M … Read More

Andrew Thomas, co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer of SkyBell, boldly sidestepped all traditional funding and decided to launch their funding campaign on Indiegogo. They’ve since become one of the largest crowdfunded companies of all time, with tens of thousands of users and millions in revenue, partnered with some of the biggest Fortune 500 companies in the home security space. Andrew is now one of the top entrepreneurs to follow in Internet of Things, crowdfunding and revenue growth. I spoke with Thomas about how crowdfunding changed the outlook of their company, and to get his take on why startups should and can use crowdfunding to their benefit.

Andrew Thomas

Article: 10 Reasons Your Best Employees Will Quit (Even If You Pay Well)

It's easy to get caught up in fundraising, scaling and sales that you forget to really care for the people who make your success possible. Too many times, strong leaders view a great employee as an asset that they don't appreciate until it's too late. Even CEO's that communicate well and have good intentions can fail to realize that they're pushing out the talented employees they need most in o … Read More

Article: 20 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Never Say

What separates the best entrepreneurs from the rest? Their mindset. While other people complain and let their negative thoughts get to them, remarkably successful entrepreneurs are steadfast in only thinking and saying things that serve them. If you pay attention, you're likely saying and believing negative thoughts that hold you back. The first step to get out of that cycle is to become aware … Read More

Determination -- We faced some big issues when seeking funding for the idea. Not many investors thought a video doorbell was a good idea, or that we could even make one. We didn’t take no for an answer. We launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign and raised $600,000 in 30 days – obtaining the funding we needed while launching our business.

Andrew Thomas

Article: 24 of the Best Travel Hacks You Need to Use in 2017

If you travel for business, it's imperative to know the latest travel hacks that will help you make the trip a success. A successful business trip means you arrive at your commitments on time, maintain your health (and sanity), and stay productive along the way. Last year was the second year in a row that I flew more than 200,000 miles for business development meetings, top conferences, speakin … Read More