I write a blog about planning and launching businesses. And now I’m planning to launch a new business myself. So, it just seems natural to share my experiences in the blog.
First, a little background. After a few years of jobs with bosses and paychecks, I set out to become an entrepreneur. My first startup was a social network based on alumni affiliations, launched in 1996 (too early; my bad). My second startup ran ads and promotions on milk containers. Odd, but it worked out well, despite my lactose intolerance.
In between launching ventures, I did consulting for other startups. I helped Moby, the musician, launch an iced-tea business. I helped the world’s top makeup artist plan a cosmetics business. I worked with Mark Gordon, a big Hollywood producer (Gray’s Anatomy, 2012, Saving Private Ryan), assessing some innovative startup ideas. And I helped athlete and journalist Tiki Barber with some of his sports and philanthropic ventures.
That all worked out well, but I needed to build something. Also, most entrepreneurs can’t afford consultants, so I wanted to teach them how to plan and launch companies themselves.
That brings me to today. It’s just after New Year’s, 2010. And I’m planning to build an online school for startups. As I develop my business plan and launch the business, I’ll keep you posted. I’ll be open with you about what’s working and what’s not, and about both the hard facts and the underlying emotions. Along the way, please post comments about anything that comes to mind. It’s too hard and lonely to go this alone – I need your help.