Strategy

October 21, 2013

I’m Speaking on “Marketing Secrets for Tech Entrepreneurs”

Chris Harvey

Chris HarveyT’m speaking on “Marketing Secrets for Tech Entrepreneurs” at Web Wednesday in Saigon, 23 October. This is the presentation that won “Best Talk” at Saigon Barcamp last summer.

If you come some of the things you’ll learn are:

  • How to avoid the big mistake made by most entrepreneurs
  • Why focusing on price means death
  • The #1 reason why all companies fail
  • Why a great product isn’t enough

Register today on Facebook to reserve your seat. See you there!

October 20, 2013

Jeff Bezos Wisdom: What Will NOT Change In Your Business?

A truth that will never change.
A truth that will never change.

A truth that will never change.

Recently I read a brilliant quote of Jeff Bezos’ wisdom:

“I very frequently get the question: ‘What’s going to change in the next 10 years?’ And that is a very interesting question; it’s a very common one. I almost never get the question: ‘What’s not going to change in the next 10 years?’ And I submit to you that that second question is actually the more important of the two Continue reading →

July 8, 2013

Marketing Secrets for Tech Entrepreneurs

saigon barcamp july 2013

saigon barcamp july 2013

Yesterday I presented at Barcamp Saigon, the technology “unconference.”  There were over 1,500 attendees.  It was an honor that my presentation “Marketing Secrets for Tech Entrepreneurs” was selected “Best of the Day” by popular vote.

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February 18, 2013

Why Vietnamese Rarely Innovate

Collusion vs Innovation
Why Vietnamese Rarely Innovate

Mango Seller photo courtesy of Dat’s Diary http://datdiary.wordpress.com

A friend of mine, Dat, writes a blog where he posts his observations of life in Vietnam.  Recently I read his post “Price Collusion in Vietnam.”  It’s a great little story that gives insight into why so few Vietnamese companies or entrepreneurs innovate.

They just don’t think that way.

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January 8, 2013

Lessons Learned at “Startup Vietnam” Conference

Ray Wu of accelerator JFDI.Asia

“You have to make money.  You have to manage your cash with care.  When you don’t have cash you die.”

Willis Wee
Founder and CEO of Tech in Asia

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October 8, 2012

Focus On The Winning Idea — Kill All The Others

Focus On The Winning Idea -- Kill All The Others

Focus Winning IdeaIn the last post I wrote about The Reality Principle — how success depends on seeing and accepting reality for what it is, then making decisions based on reality instead of your own wishful thinking.   If you do not see reality clearly, reality automatically will work against you and bring pain.

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August 26, 2012

Sales Low? You Have a Value Problem or Sales Problem.

Do You Have a Sales Problem or Value Problem?

Are your sales low?

If so, you have a value problem or a sales problem.  If you’re really unlucky you have both problems.  Figure out the root of your problem right now and fix it.

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July 18, 2012

Microsoft is Doomed

Steve Ballmer struts and frets his hour upon the stage...

Steve Ballmer struts and frets his hour upon the stage…

I just read an article in the Wall Street Journal about how Google Apps is winning big customers away from Microsoft Office.

Microsoft is doomed.

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May 30, 2012

Sales, Sales and Sales!

"You look like nice folks so here's a great deal!"

"You look like nice folks so here's a great deal!"

A common myth in business is that “a great product sells itself.”

Nothing could be further from the truth.

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May 17, 2012

Website Design: Less is More

Guess what Google wants you to do?

Guess what Google wants you to do?

Earlier this week I talked about how focusing on just a few things boosts your chances for success.  The same idea applies to website design and user interface (UI).  What you have on the page matters, but what you don’t have on the page matters even more.

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