Category: Entrepreneur Insights

Constant And Never-Ending Improvement

Constant And Never-Ending Improvement

| January 31, 2014 | Reply

One of our core values at TakeLessons.com is CANI – Constant And Never-ending Improvement. In addition to putting things in motion to become better at what we do, we wanted to change the company to make it a place where talented people can thrive. It’s good to see (from the pic below) we’re making progress […]

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Guest Post: How to Run Your Life in a “No Huddle, Hurry-Up Offense”

Guest Post: How to Run Your Life in a “No Huddle, Hurry-Up Offense”

| January 14, 2014 | 1 Reply

Today’s post is a guest post by Tim Owens. Tim helps guide, advise, and accelerate the growth of talented professionals and entrepreneurs. I read the post and asked Tim if I could re-post since I thought it was a perfect analogy to getting the most out of life. ————— I’d like to share with you […]

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Pursue Something Worthwhile

Pursue Something Worthwhile

| August 13, 2013 | Reply

I heard a great quote today from Tim O’Reilly: “Pursue something so important that even if you fail, the world is better off with you having tried.”

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Steven Cox Entrepreneur Interview on MarketPulse – ESPN Radio

Steven Cox Entrepreneur Interview on MarketPulse – ESPN Radio

| May 23, 2013 | Reply

  Interview Transcription Starts at :48 Chris: As I mentioned before the break, we have a wonderful guest in studio today, Steven Cox, founder and CEO of TakeLessons.com. The team at TakeLessons has been connecting music students with the best local music teachers since 2006. They pride themselves on providing safe, affordable, fun music lessons […]

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A Couple Pointers on Becoming a Better Presenter

A Couple Pointers on Becoming a Better Presenter

| March 20, 2013 | Reply

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 […]

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New Book: The Lean Entrepreneur by Brant Cooper- You WANT This Book

New Book: The Lean Entrepreneur by Brant Cooper- You WANT This Book

| February 11, 2013 | Reply

Ever wanted to know how to apply startup/technology know-how to your new company? My good friend and author, Brant Cooper, is releasing his second book, The Lean Entrepreneur on February 26. Check out what people are saying: “This fascinating new book shows that at the intersection of disruption and lean company thinking, there is a […]

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New Book from Maynard Webb – Rebooting Work

New Book from Maynard Webb – Rebooting Work

| January 29, 2013 | Reply

Maynard Webb (one of my investors in TakeLessons and former COO of eBay) just launched his new book, Rebooting Work. In the book, Maynard Webb identifies 4 different mindsets around work (the company man, CEO of your own destiny, disenchanted employee, and the aspiring entrepreneur). It organizes those who are self-motivated versus those who are […]

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Break the Rules

Break the Rules

| January 27, 2013 | Reply

We were down to our last few dollars and I didn’t know how we were going to make payroll. Our business model wasn’t working the way we planned, and we were burning cash faster than expected. Something needed to change. Something big – and something now. The year was 2008 and TakeLessons was working to […]

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4 Things I Learned About Business in 2012

4 Things I Learned About Business in 2012

| January 16, 2013 | 1 Reply

I’m a big believer in CANI – Constant and Never Ending Improvement (or Kaizen). It’s one of the core values I live by and it’s one of the joys of life. So, in that spirit, I wanted to share with you four things I learned about start-ups, business, and life during 2012. Lesson 1: Get […]

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The Importance of Mentors and Your Chance of Business Success

The Importance of Mentors and Your Chance of Business Success

| November 29, 2012 | Reply

I’d love to say that my best ideas were formed inside of my head, but truthfully, the biggest breakthrough’s I’ve had are because I was able to take the raw thought material in my head and receive insights from other smart people. If you’re smart, that’s a good start. But someone not as bright can […]

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The Life of a Startup

The Life of a Startup

| November 20, 2012 | Reply

Here is an email I sent this morning to my team. First, I wanted to have them see that most startups go through the same struggles that we go through. Second, I wanted them to know that I have full confidence, faith, and trust in their abilities and that I see them as leaders within […]

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Things I Learned at the Crosslink Startup Investor Meeting

Things I Learned at the Crosslink Startup Investor Meeting

| November 15, 2012 | 2 Replies

Recently, I got to attend the Crosslink Investor Meeting where partners of the firm spoke on what their seeing in the marketplace. A couple key takeaways for me was that technology and the internet is still very early. Lots of room for growth and expansion as software eats the world. Second, some of the largest […]

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Goals: Winning at the Little Things

Goals: Winning at the Little Things

| November 8, 2012 | 1 Reply

At the end of each quarter, I take a detailed look at my yearly goals to see how I’m progressing against them. Sometimes I’m ahead – sometimes behind. And what I’ve begun to notice is that I’m ahead on the items where I accomplish smaller tasks more frequently. There’s a concept in goal setting called […]

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Things I’ve Learned Being an Entrepreneur

Things I’ve Learned Being an Entrepreneur

| November 6, 2012 | 5 Replies

At TakeLessons, we’re in the process of working on a 2013 strategic plan. One thing I did this year was looked back and just wrote down some things that I’ve learned over the past few years on how to build a business. Here’s my short list. As a company and personally, I’ve had a tendency […]

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

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

| October 15, 2012 | Reply

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 […]

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