Posts Tagged ‘entrepreneurship’

Book Review: The Lean Startup

Book Review: The Lean Startup

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Texas

What’s the most important thing to do when starting a company? How about this: Don’t try to build the company. Instead, try an experiment. A confluence of events and conversations have me re-asking that question, and landing on that answer. The first event is that my city celebrated “Startup Week” in the beginning of March. I […]

Book Review: The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Book Review: The Hard Thing About Hard Things

By The Banker | Book Reviews

One version of a business book – the kind I don’t recommend – consists of a series of Powerpoint-ready bromides matched to business anecdotes and sports analogies about achieving success, explaining the keys to the author’s path. The author did well, here’s the path, so you should try it as well. A better version of […]

In Praise Of Dirty Jobs

In Praise Of Dirty Jobs

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Texas

If you have a fancy educational background, the tempting thing is to go into a glamorous field, full of smart people with equally good educations. Maybe investment banking, consulting, or a stint with a hedge fund? I tried all that. Because I’m a slow learner, I realized late that there’s got to be a better […]

Rat Holes and Small Biz Crowd Funding

Rat Holes and Small Biz Crowd Funding

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Texas

When I started my business twelve years ago I needed to raise what was for me a substantial amount of money. A good friend introduced me to his wealthy boss, who agreed to meet about my business pitch. He listened carefully, nodding sagely at the appropriate times. Mr. Rat Hole “Well Michael, it sounds plausible,” […]

Funding Your Small Business - All The Terrible Ways

Funding Your Small Business – All The Terrible Ways

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

In a recent post  I mentioned that business owners may – among other benefits of entrepreneurship – achieve some tax savings. This week, inspired by my words, you’ve decided to hang a shingle. However, you need money. But where can you get money for a small business? Let me tell you all the great ways. Inherit […]