Tag: Small business

Current Obstacles Will Pass. Focus on the Big Picture.

Current Obstacles Will Pass. Focus on the Big Picture.

| July 15, 2011 | 1 Reply

I was checking my email this morning and a new start-up founder asked me the following: "P.s.  how did you stay focused and motivated with so many obstacles and uncertainties when you were first starting takelessons?" Great question and something all entrepreneurs will face. Here's my answer: Peter, Thanks for the note. The obstacles are […]

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Business Rules of Richard Branson

Business Rules of Richard Branson

| April 11, 2011 | Reply

  I I'm a big fan of Richard Branson. Half because he's a brilliant mind. Half because he's always held up a big fat middle finger to the status quo. He does things his own way, takes calculated risks, sometimes loses, sometimes wins, but always learns. That's a recipe for long-term growth… and i dig […]

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Interview with the Northwest Young Entrepreneurs Association

Interview with the Northwest Young Entrepreneurs Association

| March 25, 2011 | 1 Reply

I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Nick Hampshire with the Northwest Young Entrepreneurs Association about building companies and what I've learned as we continue to grow TakeLessons. Here is the Q&A: Audio MP3 download of Steven Cox interview is located here:  Nick Hampshire: What is your philosophy on life and business? Steven Cox: […]

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Strategic Partnerships with Big Companies

Strategic Partnerships with Big Companies

| August 11, 2010 | Reply

Recently, our company has been fortunate enough to strike deals with channel partners that should help us in our quest to become the "Starbucks of Music Lessons". Starting in August, TakeLessons will be giving in-store lessons in conjunction with our partners. The service will provide certified TakeLessons local music instructors to thousands of kids and […]

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How are you going to make a profit in your startup?

How are you going to make a profit in your startup?

| July 5, 2009 | 1 Reply

Image via Wikipedia I read an interesting post from Mark Cuban today on the problems of startup success using a free model. Back in the 90's when I was cutting my teeth around web/tech, the mantra we heard from VC's was "get big fast", and "eyeballs are everything", and "don't worry about making money, we'll […]

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