• What it takes to build a successful product — Part I

    We get asked quite frequently what it takes to find success when you’re building something — a new company, a new product, a new arm of your business. And our answer may surprise you. Because it has very little to do with the product you...

  • How do you build an entrepreneurial ecosystem?

    What does it take to launch a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem? It doesn’t happen overnight, and it isn’t always — if ever — easy. Dan Roselli, founder of Charlotte-based Queen City Fintech and Packard Place, a hub for entrepreneurs in Charlotte’s uptown area, appreciates the long-range...

  • Guest star at Queens University’s new course on startups

    It’s that time of year again. Bookbags packed, Apple Pencils charged, maybe even a snazzy new pair of socks to celebrate the occasion. Fall isn’t yet in the air, but it’s back to school for K-12 and college students alike across Charlotte — except that,...

  • How to make sense of customer interviews (hint: you have to ditch the bias)

    In the most recent article in our series on customer discovery, we advised you to use customer discovery to “listen and learn.” Although that sounds obvious and easy, startup entrepreneurs find that it takes conscious effort to accomplish meaningful listening. Completing multiple, effective interviews is...

  • How to work with a mentor

    Ok, the good news: You’ve found someone who’s willing to mentor you. You’ve picked the time and place to meet, and you have in front of you the opportunity to establish a valuable relationship that can help you propel your business forward and overcome sticking...

  • How to find a mentor — and more importantly, ask for help

    If you read my article last week, you understand the importance of having a mentor. Now the question is, how do you find one? First, it’s important to note that most mentors don’t walk around with a T-shirt that says “mentor” — though that certainly...

  • Why you need a mentor

    Being a startup founder is hard. I know that’s not news to anyone who’s in the hustle. But what may be news is that there is a way to make it easier and to greatly increase your odds of success. The answer is: find a...

  • Entrepreneurship and failure: Why it’s all in your mind

    Seasoned entrepreneurs are well-acquainted with failure. It’s almost unavoidable in the lifecycle of a successful company and founder. But it’s not the failure that determines the success of any given entrepreneur, but rather his or her response to that failure. Allow me to explain. In...

  • Non-technical? No problem

    At Dualboot Partners, we’ve partnered with many non-technical project sponsors and leaders with a business vocation and have seen how they complement those who are engineering-oriented. For starters, the non-technical leader is well-positioned (if not forced) to build the business, not the code. When they...

  • Why customer interviews should be listen and learn, not tell and sell

    Previous installments have described how customer discovery helps the entrepreneur develop a well-defined value proposition and business model. Today, we explore the critical enabler of effective customer interviews. Meaningful information is generated from about 30 interviews in our experience with numerous teams. The National Science...