Toyota’s move to Texas a good decision

A core role of the CEO is to ensure that the company has the proper resources to be successful. Most commonly people think of capital and people as the two primary resources needed. Related to the people side but sometimes missed by CEOs is their role in providing the best possible work environment to drive […]

Setting aside CEO egos can make 1 + 1 = 3

I have spent much of my career running businesses in the startup phase of their lives. In my mind, the startup phase continues until you are confident that the business can survive any normal risk scenario. The definition of normal risk could be debated, but most CEOs know the feeling when they make the transition […]

How Does a Small Company Culture Lay Off Employees? With a Job Fair

Guest post by Veena Vadgama, Vice President of Marketing for Network Instruments Making a decision to reduce headcount or shut down operations is a scenario no CEO ever wants to face. But how a CEO delivers this news and treats his or her employees after the announcement can say a lot about the company’s culture. […]

Top 10 posts of 2013

In case you missed them, here are my most-viewed blog posts of 2013:

  1. Support oddballs in your company culture
  2. Texas vs. California: Texas Wins
  3. CEOs: Employee engagement matters
  4. How executives hire: Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on finding motivated employees
  5. The million dollar hire
  6. 5 Responsibilities of a CEO: Own the Vision
  7. When do you hire for job experience vs. raw talent?
  8. 10 Steps to a Nine Figure+ Exit
  9. The No Asshole Policy and Company Culture
  10. 5 Responsibilities of a CEO: Make Good Decisions

RISE Week Austin Registration Open

Registration is now open for RISE Week Austin, named one of the “Must-Attend 2013 Conferences for Entrepreneurs” by a Forbes contributor. Taking place May 13-17, the event “offers entrepreneurs a combination of interactive learning sessions, inspiring keynotes, unique competitions, funding opportunities, and celebratory networking events.” I’ll be hosting a session on Thursday, May 16 called “10 Steps to a 9-Figure+ Exit.” Sessions are kept to only 25 people to allow for in-depth, quality interactions, so sign up soon!

At Texas Governor Rick Perry’s High-tech CEO Summit

Great event with the Governor this morning during SXSW to discuss how to further Texas as a hotbed of high-tech growth and innovation

Texas vs. California: Texas Wins

Texas and California have been in a spat lately – precipitated by Texas Governor Rick Perry’s campaign to lure businesses away from the Golden State – and I’m here to settle the score: Texas wins. I can say that because I’m the person they are fighting about: I create companies and jobs, facilitated by the […]