On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis – Book Review by an Entrepreneur

On Grand Strategy is a sweeping review of strategy over the ages that develops the conclusion that great strategists have well-defined grand goals and go about achieving those grand goals in a methodical manner. This conclusion is presented by way of an analogy popularized by Isaiah Berlin’s essay about The Hedgehog and the Fox (the […]

Nail It Then Scale It – Book Review by an Entrepreneur

Nail It Then Scale It is my first book of choice for startup founders to read. The book helps the startup founder figure out what needs to done and when it should be done. All too often entrepreneurs rush to create a product and then flog the market only to discover that the solution does […]

The Six Key Components Every Entrepreneurial Organization Needs

Every great system is made up of a core group of basic components. The same applies to a business. The Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) identifies Six Key Components of any organization. In the words of an EOS client, “I used to worry about 100 different things. Once I learned there were six components to my […]

Interview with Raul Chavez ’20 who has Launched a Fitness Business to help People with Disabilities Regain their Lives

Raul just graduated from our program and is in the thick of launching his business, Safe Space Fitness, that is addressing a serious issue: Helping people with physical and mental disabilities stay fit. This is a noble cause and Raul has many great reasons for starting this business. Listen to his story. https://www.safespaceoc.com/ https://youtu.be/MmaMadRLqFs

What we learned from Sierra Leone’s response to the Ebola Outbreak

Daniel Coats has many fine qualities including his prodigious research skills. While doing research into how economies recover from pandemics he came across an interesting case study in Sierra Leone and their response to the Ebola outbreak. What can we learn from their example? https://youtu.be/eYFUx_eLhcI

Twenty Minutes with a Titan – Dr. Mira Farka: The Coronavirus from an Economist’s Perspective

An economist, a marketer, and an entrepreneur can’t walk into a bar but they can do a Zoom call where they discuss why they can’t walk into a bar. There may not be much we can all agree on about the coronavirus and our response to it we are undeniably in uncharted waters in terms […]

Twenty Minutes with a Titan – Phillipe Diego Rodriguez ’16

There’s been a common theme from all of these Twenty Minutes with a Titan interviews I’ve been doing: Being involved is a great way to get ahead in life. And that (along with being incredibly intelligent) is one of the things that my interviewee for this episode, Phillipe, points to for helping him succeed so […]

Twenty(ish) Minutes with a Titan – Bob Godlasky

What can you learn about entrepreneurship from Bob? A lot! Even though he repeated the third grade twice Bob’s experiences as an entrepreneur and marketer for Alpha Beta have been invaluable resources for CSUF Entrepreneurship students for eleven years running. Bob is a mentor in our program and works directly with teams that are working […]

Twenty Minutes with a Titan – Daniel Coats ’15 and ’18, Marketing Project Coordinator for Mihaylo College

When I started out Twenty Minutes with a Titan I did it with people like Daniel Coats in mind. Daniel is one of those people that does so much for the university but it’s normally behind the scenes. In this edition of Twenty Minutes with a Titan we discuss some of the topics that have […]

Twenty Minutes with a Titan – Mehrdad and Mariam Komeili, Founders of My Office Apps

I have had the pleasure of working with Mariam and Mehrdad for about a year. Their business, My Office Apps, makes enterprise resource planning (ERP) affordable for small and mid-sized businesses. It’s a powerful SaaS service that helps focus decision makers on what is important. In our discussion we talk about the importance of building […]