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In the beginning of setting up a creative business, quantity is pretty tempting. Quantity as in more clients and more output. Because that can only lead to more money and more success, right? Not necessarily. Chasing every lead you find on Internet job boards, killing yourself to out-quote a comp...
12/03/2010
Is it a coincidence that Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt (a.k.a. the founder of Google) are all avid chess players? Probably not. Building a brilliant brand is a game of strategy-a game that these men have mastered with awe-inspiring results. Take a cue from their (and my own!) hobby, and...
12/03/2010
The word "selling" comes with certain connotations these days. Wary buyers think of seeing the dreaded 800-number on caller I.D., knowing it's a telemarketer; or they think of quick-talking car salesmen willing to say almost anything to close a deal. They think of the twenty-somethings populating...
12/03/2010
When I lived in L.A., I was fortunate enough to take part in a number of really fantastic film projects. Either as an actor, producer, or director, I dove headlong into making these projects a success, and to some extent, they all were. I worked on one film, however, where the environment was com...
12/03/2010
As you may know, I believe that integrity should be the linchpin of every business, no matter how large or small. But tied up in integrity is something else: courage. In business, every day requires courage: courage to tap into a new market; courage to create a new product; courage to prevent and...
12/03/2010
Posted by Corey Blake in Business on 12 14th, 2009 | no responses There is a lot of under-par work out there, put out by businesses and artists alike. Some of it actually makes money-even a lot of money-and amid all the pretty rocks, it can often be difficult to spot the gems. But they're there, ...
12/03/2010
In today's world of instant gratification, newbies and seasoned businesspeople alike fall into the same trap: the expectation of growing a brand quickly and effortlessly, with success sure to follow. Wake up, people! That isn't how it works. The only way to grow a brand powerfully and effectively...
12/03/2010
Do a Google search on developing a business or building a brand, and literally millions of pages will pop up with advice. Some ideas are good and fresh, others are tired, and there are hundreds that are tried and true. If you ask me, though, one of the best, no-fail ways to build a business, bra...
12/03/2010
The first step to creating a successful brand is having a product that works. For example, we know that From the Barrio works; it inspires people to change their lives and the lives of at-risk youth around them. But we can't just sit around and hope that people find the book on their own. We have...
12/03/2010
According to Gustavo Rabin, everything. At least metaphorically. Gustavo's firm, Skyline Group works with some of the largest, most successful Silicon Valley companies (think Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple, and Yahoo) to help executives streamline organizational processes, get creative, and ma...
12/03/2010
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