Article: Six Scaling Mistakes Every Startup Makes

My mentor once told me that you get to make two or three big mistakes as a startup. That's it. The margin for error is too small. Too many things need to align, and mistakes can take you out of position to benefit from alignment. Growing, or scaling, is an exhilarating yet overwhelming time for even the most confident entrepreneurs. It's a time when you're most likely to make some costly mistak … Read More

Article: 39 Behaviors of the Most Likable People

There are a lucky few born with natural charisma - masters of working a room in seconds with handshakes and laughs. Candidly, I was not the most likable person in the room during my late teens and early twenties. I admired the way likable people made me feel and how others people gravitated toward them. It hit me that our greatest gift is the way we make people feel. I wanted to learn the secre … Read More

Article: 2 Mindset Hacks that Will Change Your Outlook

There was a time not too long ago when I complained so much my younger brother called me out. I had started to believe all the untrue stories my mind had created over the years. I was 26, and living a life that did not make me happy. I went searching for answers -- and turned it around. I learned powerful hacks used by extremely successful people, including Will Smith, Oprah, Jim Carrey and Muh … Read More

Article: 6 Killer Personal Branding Tips From Gary Vaynerchuk (and Other Experts)

Personal branding experts gathered in Las Vegas last week to deliver powerful advice for entrepreneurs at this year's Amplify Live Experience. Top names including Gary Vaynerchuk and Dr. Sean Stephenson were among the headline speakers sharing their best advice for personal branding success. The conversation was as diverse as it was powerful, including topics like finding your purpose, creating … Read More

Article: The Top Influencers to Follow in the Internet of Things

It's been called the next Industrial Revolution and the "Third Wave" of the internet.Cisco predicts that it will be a $14.4 trillion dollar industry by 2020. Just like the first wave of the internet, the Internet of Things (IoT) movement will change and disrupt every facet of industry, commerce and our daily lives - providing countless opportunity for you to start a new business in the space. … Read More

Article: The Best Conferences For Entrepreneurs Still Left in 2016

Conferences are outstanding ways to learn new things, push the boundaries of your comfort zone and have life-changing conversations. I've made some of my best personal and professional connections at conferences like South by Southwest, Techweek and CES. There seem to be more conferences each year, and it can be challenging to decide which to attend. If you haven't hit a conference yet this … Read More

Article: 5 Toxic Relationships That Are Holding You Back

Successful people often share a powerful principle of success, brilliantly encapsulated in a quote from entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker Jim Rohn: "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." I first heard this quote seven years ago, and it prompted me to think seriously about the people closest to me, and how they affected me. I learned how much negative … Read More

Voice will be the new user interface. -- The IoT will fundamentally change the way consumers interact with nearly everything in their lives. Whether at home, at the office or in the car, voice control will lead this charge as our voices become the new user interface. Instead of touching a button in our car, we'll just say a command. Instead of using our phone to play music through a bluetooth speaker, we'll just ask Alexa (Amazon's voice service) to play our favorite song. Currently, users can tell Alexa to turn off their lights, call an Uber or even turn off their doorbell so a delivery person doesn't wake up a napping baby. This will continue to expand into every area of our lives as products add voice capability and create a web of interconnected products that are waiting for us to tell them what to do.

Andrew Thomas

Article: How We Made Millions with only $5,000 in Marketing Spend

You don't need fancy commercials and big agencies to market your product. The best brands today were built from tiny marketing budgets. Dollar Shave Club started with a viral video that cost $5,000. They were acquired in July by Unilever for one billion dollars. Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook using word-of-mouth marketing and exclusivity - not a big budget. We launched SkyBell on a shoestr … Read More

Create a master checklist. -- Checklists are extremely helpful in making sure things get done properly. While it might vary per role, you should have a master checklist available in Google Docs that itemizes the tasks necessary to prepare for an employee's vacation. You should include things like making key documents or customer information accessible, and a calendar of tasks and responsibilities for their backup.

Andrew Thomas