You want your ideas to be successful. So do I.
Too many ideas crash for the wrong reasons: don't let that happen to you.
Got an idea? Stumped with a problem? Where or who might be the right market? What else can my product or service do? What other value streams might be harvestable? What other resources do I need, and where do I find them? Is my product and company sustainable, or is it a bang-flash grenade? Do adequate resources exist? Do you need someone to give you a reality check before you get a second mortgage? Why aren't venture capitalists saying "Yes!"
These are the fun questions that I relish. Bounce the crazy questions off me, and be ready for a lot different, realistic ideas back. Doable ideas, not fantasy.
My career has always been about learning something new very quickly, usually in unrelated industries. I have been involved (mostly as a co-founder) with mining and mining services, ophthalmology joint ventures, commercial fishing, carbon-free engine fuels, gold and jewelry manufacturing, international trade, alternate energy production and services, high-security transaction-based B2B Internet, and live theatre. Currently exploring energy harvesting for very low power sensors and transmitters.
I know when I can be useful; if I am not, I know to bow out.
Starting a business? Great! Do you know everything you need? If you say "Yes", you are probably in deep water with a concrete life preserver. Are you "cut out" to be an entrepreneur? Better figure that out before you get a second mortgage on the house.
I have been a founder/co-founder in about a dozen ventures in the US and Brazil. Now, I like sharing my "learning experiences" so you do not have to repeat them. Some recent entrepreneur clients have been a private social service startup, a pickle distributor, a non-profit for educating entrepreneurs in depressed areas, and a boutique investment bank.
Harvard Business School has hired me as a Career Coach for MBA students in entrepreneurship. I love what I do.
Most people are helped with a trusted, independent resource. He (or she) used to be called a mentor; today "coach" seems to be the preferred terms. No matter what you call it, you need a safe source of independent information, encouragement, and occasionally caution. Sometimes you need someone to push, other times someone just to listen.
Reinventing yourself? Between opportunities? Been out of college for a decade (or more), and not sure how is the best way to navigate LinkedIn, Monster, Facebook, etc.? I have been there, too. Let's talk.
Call 207-956-0007 to discuss your ideas