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The following are the values of the U.S. Army, as published on their website on June 1, 2018 Loyalty Bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Army, your unit and other Soldiers. Bearing true faith and allegiance is a matter of believing in and devoting yourself to something or someone. A loyal … Continue reading Values – U.S. Army
Society’s trust in corporate leadership and political leadership is low. Only 15% of Americans aged 18-29 believe “things in the nation are headed in the right direction”. Only 1 country of 38 countries surveyed had a majority of people believing that representative democracy was the only way to govern a country. Only 44% of Canadians … Continue reading Society’s trust in corporate leadership and political leadership is low.
Overview A value proposition is the customers perception of value. The value proposition = (All the customer achieved benefits) / (All the customer incurred costs) You need to understand both the customer and the competition. Your growth and survival in the marketplace requires helping your customers achieve a compelling value proposition. A value proposition is … Continue reading What is a value proposition?
You are in Ontario, Canada and looking for information about governance. Where do you go? The attached document provides a partial list of (mostly) non-profit governance organizations. I exclude most for-profit organizations such as lawyers, accountants, etc. The type of governance I focus on is the board of directors of a corporation and its relationship … Continue reading How do you find governance information?
I observe major differences between long established public companies and successfully scaling startups. The two major things that strike me are: the startups have an in depth understanding of the customer; and the startups are incredibly focused on having the right talent: talent in management, on the board, on the advisory board, as well as … Continue reading Successfully scaling startups are different from public companies. V2
This article outlines a range seed or pre-seed fundraising pitches, depending upon the time available. Series A and subsequent funding pitches are not addressed The purpose of the pitch is to convince investors when you first meet them that they must learn more about you, and your company. Investors will not write a check based … Continue reading What are the different kinds of startup pitches?
The advisory board provides value in two ways: Helps the founders focus on what is important i.e. what are the future milestones. Helps the founders deal with the challenges and issues associated with critical milestones. The advisors draw upon their experience, skills, knowledge, and network. The advisers act as coach, mentor, or instructor. The base … Continue reading How can a startup benefit from an advisory board?
This document focuses on the high-tech and software startup ecosystem, and outlines the different types of organizations comprising the ecosystem, whose scope is global. This is not a detailed listing of every ecosystem member. So far, I have identified 25 different types of organizations. The core of the ecosystem are the founders. Founders start with … Continue reading What does the Toronto startup ecosystem look like? (V4)
Purpose of this document This document outlines the business framework of a successfully scaling startup. When a company is first launched, some components may not exist, or may be very simple. Successful growth results in the evolution of the framework, with components being added and changing. The 10 components of the business framework are all … Continue reading The startup business framework has 10 sets of components.