Looking to disrupt a market?

2015 is shaping up to be a big year in Montana for Startup Weekend. With the Billings event already under our belt and three more scheduled this year (Great Falls, Bozeman, Butte), lots of people are looking for startup ideas. One place that gets a lot of interest is “stodgy” established markets that are lucrative […]

Omaha! Omaha! Omaha!” – Who knows, but it can’t hurt”

Any number of claims will be made about this weekend’s Bronco victory in the AFC Championship game, but one stands out above the rest. “Sponsorship evaluation firm Front Row Analytics said the city of Omaha got its money worth with each verbal mention of Omaha worth the equivalent of $150,000 in advertising.” This claim, from […]

Monkey See, Monkey Don’t?

photo credit: Tambako the Jaguar Do you watch other business owners or mentors use techniques, technologies, strategies or tactics successfully – and then not try them in your business? This isn’t just the domain of new, first time business owners who might be leery of trying something else, much less being swamped enough as it […]

Who will put you out of business? It should be you.

photo credit: ulisse albiati One of the questions I’ve learned to ask clients is “What’s next?” As in, what are you thinking about for next year? (Much less the year after that) It isn’t that what you’re doing today or what you’re launching next month is irrelevant, but it is important that you are already […]

Stop Chasing Rabbits: A Productivity/Focus “Secret”

photo credit: notsogoodphotography I don’t spend a lot of time writing about “the hows” of staying focused, but I do remind you now and then about the reasons that make focus so important. For example, I closed the post A Thousand Dollars an Hour with “The goal? To do more of the right work. The work that […]

What did you get?

photo credit: woodleywonderworks It’s critical to get regular feedback from your clientele about what you do – to that end, I have a favor to ask…What do YOU think? What value does BiP bring to you and your business? What brings you back to it? What’s improved as a result of actions prompted (in any […]

Do you know what you’re missing?

photo credit: Ed Siasoco (aka SC Fiasco) On NPR not long ago, the Postmaster General spoke about the US Postal Service’s financial situation. At the close of the interview, the Postmaster made a point of saying that he doesn’t pay any bills online, noting that it wouldn’t be right for him to do so. I suspect he […]

Do you see the future or the fingerprints?

While watching this, some will complain about the system running Windows, while others will wonder aloud why anyone would want to use it, grumble about specific features, or wring their hands over privacy implications much less the cost. Some might even focus on the hassle of removing fingerprints from the advanced technology’s surfaces. What do […]

Did You Know…That You Should Follow Up?

photo credit: antaean If you look at the path a prospect follows on the way to becoming a customer and then, at their path as a new customer; youâ??ll see plenty of places where it would be valuable for them to receive an occasional tap on the shoulder. With that tap comes just a little […]

One way to create sustainable jobs

photo credit: Bas Lammers Recently, the Flathead Beacon published a story about a global tech-oriented business that continues to grow right here in rural Montana. This business started from scratch and achieved critical mass… Without tax breaks that often encourage unsustainable business models. Without specially crafted laws that treat their industry or part of their […]