April 21, 2014

Mark Cuban’s Sharktank Deals

In 2001 a television program called the Tiger of Money aired on Japanese television that featured entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas to a panel of investors. The format, called SharkTank in the US, has become wildly popular around the world. While I have seen the show a few times my son watches it religiously stoking [...]

HAUL Update & Help Wanted

It has been a big week here at HAUL. We are firmly ensconced in the now open DEC (Dallas Entrepreneur Center) and have a team of five (along with a gaggle of contractors). We received noticed that we were accepted into an early stage startup accelerator (they have yet to announce so I won’t steal [...]

One Word: Video

In the Graduate Mr. McGuire told Ben, “I just want to say one word to you, just one word, PLASTICS. There is a great future in plastics…” Here is the clip for those of you who missed it the first time: Assuming Mr. McGuire were alive today I suspect he would replace plastics with video. [...]

Video Production Coworking Space in Dallas

Yesterday I sent out a very informal Tweet and Facebook message asking if anyone would be interested in being a part of coworking facility with studio space for video (green screen, whisper room, edit bays). Basically a place where you could have rent a few desks AND access video production facilities. Located in the Dallas [...]

The Dallas Startup Scene is on Fire!

Back in 2005 I read about other startups in Dallas, but I didn’t really know anyone else actually starting anything. What was missing? I think we simply didn’t have the people and places to connect the community. Fast forward eight years and one could argue that Dallas is a lot more connected than the Bay [...]

QVC x YouTube = HAUL?

In this month’s edition of Vanity Fair Bruce Feirstein suggests that ‘Everything old is new again’ and provides the following historical analysis. What did he miss? Valpak Coupons + Internet Explorer = Groupon Scrapbooking x iPhone = Pinterest The Sears Catalog + A mouse = Amazon The Rotary Club x Fiber-Optic Cable = LinkedIn Pearle [...]

Boulder Startup Week

Each May the startup community in Boulder hosts a 5-day event called Boulder Startup Week in an effort to showcase the unique startup culture found in this tiny Colorado city. This year I was invited to attend and spent the last three days taking in all that Boulder could offer. It was an amazing experience [...]

My Next Big Thing. . .

Lots of you are asking about what I am up to these days so I thought I would give you a little update. Since January I have been working on a new startup called HAUL. Initially, spending all of my free time learning all I could about the market and attempting to formulate a plan [...]

Stop listening to what they are saying. . .

Recently I had an epiphany that has changed the way I deal with almost every person in my life and I wanted to share it with you. My question for you? The next time you are involved in some sort of interpersonal conflict – with a spouse, friend, client or employee – what would happen [...]

Startup Mistakes: Building Everything Yourself

One of the biggest challenges startups face is deciding what is core to their business. For example, at ShopSavvy we spent a LOT of time developing technology around barcode scanning. We assumed that developing and owning our own intellectual property would make our company more attractive to potential acquirers or investors. Turns out this assumption [...]