By: Phillip Bogdanovich Often when companies conceptualize and eventually build product, they are solving a specific problem. Founders respond to a market need by delivering a solution that often is some version of a “me too” product: a “thing” that already exists, but that leaves room for improvement. This type of development loop is often … More Future proofing startup product
By Phillip Bogdanovich Fortune called Austin “the Rockstar of Small-Business Cities.” CNBC called it “the top start-up mecca in America.” At one point in 2015, Forbes inexplicably named it one of America’s most affordable cities. I live in Austin. I have raised money in Austin. I can tell you unequivocally that Austin is not affordable, … More What It Really Takes to Build a Start-Up City
Plan for the worst case scenario, reality will fall somewhere along its trajectory. … More CES 2017: Why I Spent $2,000 to Disprove an Idea
By: Phillip Bogdanovich When great leaders make moves that catalyze the growth or hyper-growth of their companies, people write about it. I’ve read about acquisitions, deals with cities for tax-free zoning, implementation of better processes, and more. A willingness to take great (albeit calculated) risks, and more often than not get lucky, are certainly key … More Amazing Leaders: Vision and the wizardry of innovation
By Phillip Bogdanovich I’m not a parent, which is part of the reason running a company hasn’t been an unmitigated disaster for my personal life. All I know about parenting is what I have read and what I have observed my parent-friends contend with. I suppose my limited experience “babysitting” for friends has also provided … More Starting a Company: Congratulations on Your New Baby!
By Phillip Bogdanovich I needed a warehouse space and an office. The Hyperion management team and I had been discussing it for a while and I was feeling anxious. I felt like someone somewhere had started a countdown clock. I didn’t know how much time I had left, but it wasn’t much. Something terrible was … More The Ask
In 1979, construction finished on suspended atrium walkways that connected sections of the Kansas City Hyatt Regency hotel. Just two years later, the walkways collapsed and crashed to the floor of the atrium … More Engineering a company: What startups can learn from a bridge collapse in 1979