The $19 Billion dynamic duo

How do you become a multi-billionaire in four years?  Here’s the formula:

1) Be good friends with Mark Zuckerberg (or the silicon valley crowd)

2) Create a dynamic duo (1 vision master + 1 execution master)

3) Create an app that attracts 450,000,000 users

Pretty simple, right?  The founders of WhatsApp – Jan Koum and Brian Acton just did it and maybe you will too.

Did I leave out raising $60 million in venture capital?  Well yes, because that goes along with step 1, 2 and 3.

So let’s break down this absolutely amazing event to find what you can apply.


JFK’s Little-known Leadership Lesson

On this 50th anniversary of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, there is a great deal of reminiscing about the assassination itself and also about the lessons of great leadership he taught.  Problem is, we hear about different lessons from different commentators.  What to believe?…

Some write about the handling of the Cuban missile crisis with lessons learned from the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.  Some write about the launching of the Space Race with the Soviet Union to the moon.  And some write about social leadership such as the Peace Corps and civil rights.  Is there one lesson he taught and exemplified that we can apply in our businesses and projects? I think so …


A hero gets his due

This is a great story about a man we can admire.  Aerospace and nuclear engineer Lonnie Johnson, pictured here, who has designed satellites, robots and the like, now has his day in the son as inventor of Hasbro’s Super Soaker.  Lonnie and his Atlanta-based company have been awarded nearly $73 million in royalties from toymaker Hasbro Inc. for the Super Soaker.

This is interesting at several levels.


Participation Funding? It’s here now.

It’s been a summer of tumultuous events in my life, leading to a hiatus from this blog.  My way of making amends to you is to revitalize this blog now with an explosion of fresh information to invigorate your executive leadership and your fund raising ability.

Today, I want to bring you current on a favorite topic:  Participation Funding — the idea of selling a share of your revenue rather than a share of your company. This method is in contrast to traditional methods of finance such as selling stock (equity) or borrowing money in the normal way.  Today’s blog will help you determine if your company qualifies for this type of funding and what it costs…


Independence: “Freedom from” or “Freedom to”?


What you don’t know about America’s day of independence (July 4):  The original Resolution of Independence was actually signed on July 2 and the Declaration of Independence was not signed by all it’s signers until August 2, though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all wrote in later memoirs that they signed it on July 4.

Did you know that both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on precisely the same day: July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence?

Here’s something else you may not know…