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Matthew Mandell | 08/23/2012

Being Shy is Not an Option

As I travel the world speaking to entrepreneurs, there is a key difference between those who succeed and those who don’t. The people who go out and speak to people, get their service out there faster and execute always win. Many people don’t even try and sabotage themselves before they are past an immature idea. Thankfully for […]

Matthew Mandell | 07/30/2012

Truly Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

Earlier in July 2012, I gave a talk on Hiring, Firing and Cofounders in Chicago. This is something love, both because the people and food in Chicago are excellent working with startups is one of my favorite things to do. Perhaps this explains why I have been mentoring startups for years at this point. After […]

Matthew Mandell | 07/20/2012

The Client Experience

Clients. They are the single most important ingredient in the success of any business, and it is essential to keep them satisfied. Clients should be catered to; their every want and need should be met and more. This shouldn’t be something new to any professional business person, because after all, we all know that exceptional […]

Matthew Mandell | 07/10/2012

Ad Revenue on the Web? Don’t Count On It

Never has it been so easy for teams of entrepreneurs, or even individuals, to create a business from scratch. However, one of the biggest red flags I see with many web-based startups these days is relying on advertising for their main revenue streams – or even a large part of it. All too often, I […]

Matthew Mandell | 04/24/2012

How Startup Weekend Didn’t Change My Life

Startup Weekends (and similar conferences) are an interesting concept; but they are also an oxymoron. They are basically weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. These 54-hour events bring together developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts to share ideas, form teams, build products and […]

Matthew Mandell | 04/17/2012

The Shifting Landscape of Real Estate

There was a time not too long ago when the main demographic target for the real estate industry was the baby boomer generation.  This was the generation that valued the American dream of owning a home and looked to the expertise of a real estate agent and an ad in their daily newspaper to make […]

Matthew Mandell | 03/27/2012

Don’t be a Commodity

When an economist talks about a commodity, he or she generally means a good that possesses a few key qualities: Produced and/or sold by many different companies Uniform in quality between companies that produce and sell it. Basically, you can’t tell the difference between one company’s product and another’s. When something is viewed as a […]

Matthew Mandell | 11/16/2011

Raising Capital from a VC Pitch Tip

As I have written about before, one of the things I am passionate about and invest my time in is The Founder Institute. FI is an incubator program with locations around the world that helps build meaningful companies.

Matthew Mandell | 10/05/2011

Deep Discounting & It’s Effects

I was recently buying an SSL for my new domain, SimpleStorage.com and during checkout I entered a code that brought my total from $178 to $38, a 78.6% discount for less than a minute of coupon searching.

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