Category Entrepreneurship

Eagles vs Turkeys

You need a cast of characters with everyone to contribute to win, but the most likely way teams lose is casting people in the wrong roles Given my Nature and Nurture, I’m so naive and idealistic that I’m surprised I… Continue Reading →

The Art and Science of Developing Talent

I expanded on our RAM initiative, or Resource Allocation Management, in a previous article. I am updating and posting here as a stand-alone piece before Part 2 In 2020, during a pandemic no less, we unveiled RAM within The Academy, our… Continue Reading →

All Content Is Valuable But Some Content Is More Valuable Than Others

Telling a story is half the battle; how do you create the right kind of content that commands a premium and creates shareholder value? Storyteller entrepreneurs are individuals who have a healthy balance between creativity and business acumen. Investors would… Continue Reading →

The GM: Managing payroll as a bootstrapped startup’s CEO

As a bootstrapped CEO, you have to avoid running out of money, that means not letting costs get out of hand until you break even; after which point you want to build up your cushion before re-investing After IGN bought… Continue Reading →

The Promoter

WatchMojo may be the biggest media company you’ve never heard of. If you think you have what it takes to partner with WatchMojo & better harness and project our message, hit me up. When I launched WatchMojo, we had a… Continue Reading →

Insecurities: The Persian

Your heritage should be a source of pride, but sometimes, we feel responsible for the sins of others This is part 2 in my series on Insecurities. I was born in Iran in March 1978 to Muslim parents. We weren’t… Continue Reading →

Not Asking for Permission: MsMojo Origins

Launching MsMojo was an example of listening to your inner voice, serving your community and not giving in to the perpetually-offended (now help me serve another demographic) Part of WatchMojo’s brands, MsMojo turns 5! It’s turned out to be a… Continue Reading →

Success is 80% What You Don’t Say or Do

Donald Trump never showed any discipline, but his actions on Wednesday may have ruined his future more than the sum of all of his previous words and actions Twitter finally banned Donald Trump. As a publicly-traded company, Twitter can do… Continue Reading →

The Paradox of Selling Out

Entrepreneurship has changed. Entrepreneurs have not. “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them,… Continue Reading →

Being Long-Term Greedy

“We’re greedy, but long-term greedy.” Gus Levy, Goldman Sachs. Greed is defined as wanting more than you have. In March 2018, a bunch of my friends and our spouses headed down to Florida to celebrate our 40th birthday. On the… Continue Reading →

People Ahead of Profit

For as long as I can recall, I’ve referenced the concept of “people ahead of profit,” which goes beyond looking at the bottom line, reinvesting, empathy and not chasing near-term profits You can blame Facebook for the destruction of democratic… Continue Reading →

Vision vs vision

Vision figuratively speaking is usually juxtaposed with Mission and Statement of Purpose. But literally speaking, I have also compared Vision with vision Vision vs vision In business, Vision is discussed relative to Mission and Statement of Purpose, for that, read… Continue Reading →

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