Steve Job and Jony Ive

Seven Critical Lessons Innovators Can Learn from Jony Ive Leaving Apple

By Robert Steven Kramarz / July 2, 2019

This is going to be controversial. This is going to be good. Read on… As the old story goes, a pessimist walks into a room with a pile of dung and says “There’s nothing here but a pile of horse sh*t.” An optimist walks into a room finding just a pile of horse sh*t and declares  […]

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Raising Capital the Navy Seal’s Way – The One Key That Opens the Door to Funding

By Robert Steven Kramarz / May 21, 2019

Raising capital the Navy Seal’s way inspired by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. Let’s meet these guys. JOCKO WILLINK is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL officer, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win, host of the top-rated Jocko Podcast, and co-founder of Echelon Front. LEIF […]

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Agile management

5 Core Principles of Agile Company Growth and Funding – Life Hacks for Vision Masters #5

By Robert Steven Kramarz / April 30, 2019

The other day I was observing a group of ants efficiently pursuing their objectives on a foraging mission in my new garden. When a barrier emerged, such as a small pool of water, they’d explore its edges, quickly huddle, seek a path around the water, communicate to the foraging troops, then move on toward the […]

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Sara Blakely Spanx

Get Spanxed & Win – Profiles in Vision Mastery #4

By Robert Steven Kramarz / March 29, 2019

Victor Hugo famously wrote that “nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” But what if the idea is yours. How do you know when it’s time has come? Where do you look for proof? Do you wait to go to market until the world agrees with you until your idea is […]

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The Key to Successful Relationships with Investors

By Robert Steven Kramarz / February 13, 2019

One evening recently I received an urgent call from a client. “We need your help, Rob,” the client’s anxious voice said. I asked what the problem was. “We have two investors, each offering a different type of deal and we can’t decide which to go with.” Now, I realize that this qualifies as one of […]

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The science of funding by Intelliversity

Fundraising is No “Bull” or is it? – The Science of Funding Part II

By Robert Steven Kramarz / January 2, 2019

In my last post, I introduced you to the concept of a science for fundraising. By analogy, I described briefly some of the work in trial science as illustrated in the CBS television show “Bull,” which is based on the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw. In trial science, the goal is to select a […]

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Raising Capital Is No “Bull”, Or Is It?

By Robert Steven Kramarz / December 26, 2018

Have you ever tried to solve Rubik’s Cube? How did you do? How long did it take? Did you get some outside assistance? It’s a deceptively difficult puzzle, isn’t it? A simple cube, six sides, each side bearing nine smaller sections of the same color. You mix them all up by twisting the cube this […]

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Jedi Mind Tricks for Investors by Intelliversity

Jedi Mind Tricks to Win Investors

By Robert Steven Kramarz / November 16, 2018

We’ve devoted plenty of time on this blog to look carefully at the idea of developing and deepening investor trust. I encourage you to continue to review these posts and to apply the principles I’ve shared because they work. For those who haven’t spent much time reading my posts on trust, please do yourself a […]

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Master Funding Formula – Do A "Vulcan Mindmeld" with Investors – #1

By Robert Steven Kramarz / September 25, 2018

I hope you found the recent foray into the mind of Elon Musk to be valuable to you in developing your company’s senior team. I can’t emphasize enough how important team composition is to your future growth — not to mention specifically for gaining investor capital. Today, I want to return to our Master Funding […]

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X Marks the Scaling Up Spot – 7 Part Strategy (Part 4)

By Robert Steven Kramarz / August 13, 2018

X Marks the Scaling Up Spot – 7 Part Strategy (Part 3) In my last post, I introduced you to some of the work Verne Harnish has done in analyzing thousands of companies that have successfully mastered scaling up. If you haven’t yet read that post, please do before reading this post — you’ll need […]

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