Building a Business and the Truth about Lying

By: Phillip Bogdanovich 200. It’s not the cheap knockoff version of the movie 300 (a masterpiece), or my favorite Olympic event. Mind-bogglingly, it’s the number of times the average person is lied to in a day. In fact, for every ten minutes of conversation, the average person lies three times. Lying is normal, but its … More Building a Business and the Truth about Lying

Executive Leadership: The Effect of Boundary-Setting on Company Culture

By: Phillip Bogdanovich Chief Technical Officer. Chief Financial Officer. Chief Marketing Officer. These jobs are self explanatory: the title-holder has ultimate responsibility for the function named in each. Although they are arguably the most powerful seats at the table, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operations Officer are much less well defined. My recent firsthand … More Executive Leadership: The Effect of Boundary-Setting on Company Culture

Startup decision making: Avoiding the composition fallacy

By: Phillip Bogdanovich In business, and especially in business operations, feelings should be last on the list of considerations affecting an outcome or decision. For most people, this is easier said than done. We interact with our landscape through a lens that we’ve spent a lifetime building, and it’s tremendously difficult (sometimes impossible) to step … More Startup decision making: Avoiding the composition fallacy

The Art of Balance: Commander’s Intent

  By: Phillip Bogdanovich This is the third in a three-post series about expectation management, focusing on self-imposed expectations. In the military, missions are managed according to the Commander’s Intent—a public statement of the purpose of the mission and its desired outcomes. When you embrace Commander’s Intent, you commit to letting the process be the … More The Art of Balance: Commander’s Intent

The Art of Balance: Customer Expectations

By Phillip Bogdanovich This post is the second in a three-part series about the importance of expectation management, focusing on teams and employees. This portion of the series will focus on establishing customer expectation and part three will cover self-imposed expectation management. A customer concern is a burning house. You don’t have to know anything … More The Art of Balance: Customer Expectations

The Ramifications of the College Bubble

By: Phillip Bogdanovich I haven’t written in a while because I have been drinking from the firehose that is being a part of yet another startup—I’m now running operations for an Austin-based legal services company called Legal Tech Ventures. Not coincidently, my new position has led me to think about life from a legal perspective, … More The Ramifications of the College Bubble

Startup- Dying of thirst in an ocean of opportunity

By: Phillip Bogdanovich When I co-founded Hyperion four years ago, I knew we were stepping into a multibillion-dollar LED market. Not $5 or $10 or $15 billion, but $45 or $50 billion in the US alone over the next 15 years. Because of the connected nature of the current business landscape, and the burgeoning global … More Startup- Dying of thirst in an ocean of opportunity

Amazing Leaders: Vision and the wizardry of innovation

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

Starting a Company: Congratulations on Your New Baby!

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!