On June 12, 2017

A successful company is built on an ambiguous word

Over the past year, Thinker has been in a growth spurt. We’ve added employees to add more services, building on our core competencies. And we’ve moved into a larger building to accommodate the extra talent and to showcase ourselves better. All the changes have led to conversations, some awkward, on the best ways to interact
On April 21, 2017

When do you expand? When it’s a need and not a want

I was speaking with an aspiring restauranteur who told me he wanted to eventually have more employees so that he could manage people and he didn’t have to work in the day-to-day of the business like the previous owner. I hear those words frequently from new entrepreneurs: “I want to have more employees”. But what
On March 15, 2017

5 key elements for small business websites – some are more key than others

Entrepreneur.com published an instructive article, “5 Key Elements Every Small Business Website Should Have,” and the key elements seemed rather, well, elemental. A powerful home page User-friendly navigation Search features Access to help FAQ page These are good suggestions but you have to dig a little deeper. A home page is very important, though impressions to
On November 24, 2016

What do your eating habits have to do with business?

Did you know that the direction you face when eating at an all-you-can-eat buffet can have lasting long-term consequences? In honor of Thanksgiving, when the vast majority of Americans will spend a day overeating, I’m reminded of a study published in a 2013 issue of American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Research showed that buffet customers
On November 8, 2016

You may be the biggest reason your business isn’t growing

Lots of people have ideas. Some act on them. Fewer still know what to do when they encounter hurdles. There are lots of lists online that tell you why your business may be stagnant. At Thinker Ventures, what we’ve learned is perhaps the biggest reason stares you in the face every morning. Here are three key
On June 21, 2016

Obsessiveness and Other Great Qualities

I was talking with a friend to get a personal reference for someone I had met during the course of doing business. This person I had met, we’ll call him Robert. It’s hard to find out what a person is really like until you’ve worked with him. So, came the personal reference question to my
On June 12, 2016

Fine-tune your presentation delivery

I’ve been listening to a few presentations recently. Notably, one of our clients, NonProfitThrive.com is going into a beta launch soon. Nicole, the founder, is refining a great presentation designed to generate awareness for the new application. Our team has been delighted to provide feedback so she can get the most benefit from her 15-minute
On May 30, 2016

Crucial Conversations – A Book I Should Have Read Twenty Years Ago

I read a great book recently. I probably should have read it twenty years ago, but they say it’s never too late, right? “Crucial Conversations – Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High.” It’s near the top of my recommend list, and here’s why. It seems the older I get the more I need to
On May 23, 2016

Working with Friends and Family

I grew up in a household with an entrepreneur. My Dad started a trucking company a number of years before I was born, so I’ve only known the life of living with a family-owned business. I suppose that is, in large part, why I like the creative process of new ventures. I remember family vacations
On May 18, 2016

What You Think vs. How You Think

  Most of us are raised knowing what to think, but few are raised knowing how to think. Think about it. We’re programmed from a very young age. I was programmed. I was told how to treat myself and others. I was told that I should say please and thank you. I was told that