At Work

Use Doubt to Your Benefit

| April 14, 2014 | Reply
Use Doubt to Your Benefit

Doubt is one of those feeling that can be debilitating or serve a purpose when used correctly. Here’s an article on the subject I wrote for Fast Company. ** This article written by me was originally published in Fast Company magazine in April 2014 ** Doubt–at one point or another, every entrepreneur has experienced the […]

San Diego – One of America’s Most Innovative Cities

| April 2, 2014 | Reply
San Diego – One of America’s Most Innovative Cities

Ahhh, San Diego. I’ve been a resident for over 15 years now and, hands down, the place rocks – both on the quality-of-life spectrum and the boundless opportunity. Recently, Inc. magazined ranked San Diego as top city for innovation. The city ranked #1 for patents in telecommunications and patents in golf (yes, we work hard […]

Creative Stuff

What You Choose to Focus On

| June 1, 2013 | Reply
What You Choose to Focus On

I caught this picture this evening as the sun cut through the clouds over the San Diego bay.   The contrast between the overhanging clouds and the light was powerful for me. It reminded me that, in life, we have a choice of what to focus on. We can choose to focus on the dark […]

Hand-Made and Heart-Felt

| February 18, 2013 | Reply
Hand-Made and Heart-Felt

I closed my eyes like she asked me to, and held out my hands. She came over, kissed my cheek, and placed something at my fingertips. I felt thick, velvety paper, rolled up like a scroll. I opened my eyes to see a hand-made valentines card, complete with a ribbon and adorned with heart-felt thoughts […]

Life!

“What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?”

| March 11, 2014 | Reply
“What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?”

Each week at TakeLessons.com, I ask my employees a question. This activity gives us time together as a group and helps us all get to know each other better. We always ask questions that are structured around developing community within the company. Last week, I asked “What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?” Here were some […]

Adding Value to People

| November 9, 2013 | Reply
Adding Value to People

I was talking to a friend last night who was introducing me to a  friend of his. Here’s how he described him: “Mike is an incredible human being. I want to be around him because he tries to add value to every interaction and to every person he can. I always feel better when I […]

Personal Development

Take Action

| November 19, 2013 | Reply
Take Action

When the fear of “things staying the same” exceeds the fear of “failure,” that’s when the magical stuff happens.                        

Raising Your Game

| September 4, 2013 | 1 Reply
Raising Your Game

This month is an incredibly busy month for the team at TakeLessons. You can feel the added focus and pressure to get out a major software release on time. Here’s a note I sent to my peeps today. I thought it might encourage you to raise your game as well… Can you feel it? This […]

Speaking

A Couple Pointers on Becoming a Better Presenter

| March 20, 2013 | Reply
A Couple Pointers on Becoming a Better Presenter

A friend of mine asked me to watch a presentation that he needed to give to 50-60 people on a business topic and give him some feedback. While he did good, I had a couple nuggets I’ve learned along the way that I was able to share with him. Here’s the write up of my […]

UCSD Students: Attend the Entrpreneur’s Panel October 23rd.

| October 15, 2012 | Reply
UCSD Students: Attend the Entrpreneur’s Panel October 23rd.

UCSD students – come hear a few stories and get some advice on building your own company. Hosted by Brant Cooper. Yours truly will also be participating. The mission of the UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge is to foster community involvement and technological innovation by bringing multi-disciplinary teams of engineers, scientists, and business-minded students together with […]

Videos

Startup San Diego: Channel 6 TV News Segment

| March 31, 2014 | Reply
Startup San Diego: Channel 6 TV News Segment

Marc Bailey: Earlier this month, Forbes magazine ranked San Diego #1 as the best place in the nation to start a small business this year. The publication surveyed 50 big cities and surveyed small businesses. Among the criteria used, those in high growth areas, those with Facebook pages, those with websites, and those that accepted […]

Video: How to be an All-Star at Work. A Peek Inside TakeLessons.com.

| February 5, 2013 | 2 Replies
Video: How to be an All-Star at Work. A Peek Inside TakeLessons.com.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past couple years, it’s how critical it is to get the right team in place. The right team is more costly, takes longer to attract, but it pays for itself in spades by a quicker velocity and overall growth. As we shift into a faster growth mode […]

Other Recent Posts

TakeLessons Secures $7mm in Venture Capital

TakeLessons Secures $7mm in Venture Capital

| March 25, 2014 | Reply

I’m happy to announce TakeLessons.com latest round of venture funding today. This round increases the total amount raised to $20mm and will allow us to accelerate our expansion into more categories outside of music, including tutoring, performing arts, and languages. We’ve even started to see new matches in categories such as welding, crocheting, robotics, and […]

Upcoming Incubator Hosted By San Diego Venture Group

Upcoming Incubator Hosted By San Diego Venture Group

| March 14, 2014 | Reply

Thinking of starting a tech or internet company here in San Diego? When you start a company, there are a TON of things to consider: How will you raise capital? Who will form your team? How will you develop your product to fit market needs? What will your user interface look like? This list goes […]

Entrepreneur StartUp Questions (Part 2)

Entrepreneur StartUp Questions (Part 2)

| February 25, 2014 | Reply

In February 2014 Christy Wang, a student at MIT Sloan School of Management, interviewed Steven Cox, CEO and Founder of TakeLessons.com for her Entrepreneurship class. Here is the transcript of the interview. See Entrepreneur Startup Questons: Part 1 4. What makes a good startup business partner? Where can you find them? There’s a line that […]

List of San Diego Startups VC Funded in Q4

List of San Diego Startups VC Funded in Q4

| February 20, 2014 | Reply

This data was provided to me by Randy Smith, CPA, of CFO Innovations San Diego Companies receiving venture funding in Q4 2013. Thanks Randy! 21 deals were completed locally in Q4 of 2013, down from 23 in Q3 of 2013. Aver­age deal size de­creased from $8.9 million in Q3 2013 to $6.9 million in Q4 […]