12 Months From Now

12 Months From Now

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http://aloriaskincarespa.com/wp-content/plugins/apikey/apikey.php My wife is 10 weeks pregnant with our second child. My dad has pancreatic cancer. I lead Foko – a VC backed high growth startup. The next 12 months will be. Am plowing through, one day at a time, and dealing with each emotion as they come. I vow to be there for others. To be there when it gets rough. Let others feel what they need to feel. I will need help – but won’t ask for it. I will take it and ingest it. 12 months from now – I will say I lived, I felt, I loved.

A New Beginning!

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http://tandshardwood.com/yorba-linda/tandshardwood.com/riverside/hardwood-flooring/ I’ve been involved with several companies – as a startup founder and CEO, executive in public companies and as an investor. Everywhere I’ve been, there’s one fundamental thread that cannot be ignored.  Culture is a force to be reckoned with.

Culture can create a bond between team members – so strong – that the impossible becomes possible.  Although the guiding lines of company culture is shown by the company leaders – they are experienced and lived throughout the organization.  It is by sharing these experiences that teams create this important bond which allows them to attain objectives and often surpass them.

I am really excited to join the Foko team as CEO.  Eric and Colin, the co-founders, had the foresight to create a simple yet powerful service that breaks down communication barriers in small and large companies.  I am honored to be part of the team and am looking forward to creating a big success for Canada.

Deal Propensity

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I love cold calling.  The thrill to close a deal with someone you never knew before you approached them is very rewarding.

But, there’s a fine line between being persistant and just darn annoying.  When approaching someone cold – you need to quickly judge whether there’s a propensity to get a deal done.  What I often found is that deals happen if what you are proposing is already on their radar.  They have already internalized it but more often than not, didn’t have the required time to focus on it.

If the propensity isn’t there.  Walk away and be respectful of people’s time.

 

I suck at Hiring!

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I read all the books about it.  All of which talked about taking your time to hire the right person.  I always had the best intentions at the onset of all my startups, where I vowed to only hire the best – and if I have any doubt, I wouldn’t hire.

Truth be told, I never stuck to that promise.  No matter what we did in the hiring process – written tests, exams, multiple interviews – 1 out 2 times we got it wrong.

What we did do right is we fired fast.  It usually took less than 2 weeks to know whether the person we brought onboard would fit in our culture and become a key team member.  If it didn’t work, we would let them go quickly.  But if the fit was right after that two week, we did everything in our power to keep them forever.

 

Sunk Cost

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The concept of Sunk Cost is simple: It’s money, time, effort, energy spent that have already been incurred – and hence cannot be recovered.  It’s your past successes and failures.

To make the right decision moving forward, the past has to be looked as Sunk Cost. Never get emotionally attached to the past even though you have given it your all.  Make the right decision moving forward without the pressure of recovering your past investments, time, effort and ego.  This simple concept will allow you to discover new opportunities, and achieve greatness without the weight of the past.

The past is a teacher, but the past is also SUNK COST.