September 3, 2014

Don’t ignore the elephant in the room

I’ve had the opportunity to speak hundreds of times to large and small audiences all over the world and I assumed I had seen everything – that was until today. When I arrived at the Samsung Mobile App Academy I learned that the event organizer had Photoshopped my slides to remove images of the Apple [...]

Are Accelerators Derailing Entrepreneurs?

What if the advice entrepreneurs are getting from mentors/investors who participate in accelerators is wrong? How is an entrepreneur to know which advice to follow and which advice to ignore? Fred Wilson is talking about mentor/investor whiplash in context to accelerator programs in his latest blog post. In it he answers the age old question [...]

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 [...]