Five Tools To Hack Your First Startup Sales

Each day new companies are born and each day, a similar dilemma happens. How do I find my first sales? You’ve built your website, launched it, and thought it would be like the next Facebook, where magically people hear about it and the traffic pours in. Not quite. Of course, there is a friends and family email, announcements on Facebook, Twitter and maybe Instagram, but they’re also not likely your customers. I’ve compiled a few valuable tools, many even free to a point, that will help you hack your first sales as a company efficiently: Read more →

Twelve Life Hacks To Finish 2016 Strong

We’re half way through the year and I thought that it was a good time to share a few key pieces of advice I’ve accumulated through the year that will hopefully help you get through the second part of 2016 more successfully. Here are 12 of my business-related life hacks that I hope you’ll find room for in your own life: Read more →

Internships: Learn A Little, Network A Lot

Every Summer interns take their wide eyed aspirations to places like Wall Street, Silicon Valley, Austin, and beyond. In speaking with entrepreneurs, and even after years of feedback from an old Under30CEO article (5 Business Lessons I Wish I Knew When I Graduated), a new tip has started to emerge. “I wish I would have networked more.”

Think about some of the internships you will find your way to and the people that invest in internships. You’ll have a mix of rising young superstars that may stick you on coffee duty, but will later become the managers or executives tomorrow. You may have a hustling internship at a startup that you think will never make it. Either way, the people around you have experiences and connections that you can learn from, even if you don’t think they are good to know today, everyone has something that they can share that you don’t yet know. Read more →

What does Google and Facebook know about you? A lot!

It is no secret that our digital lives are tracked, dissected, and targeted based on where we have been, what we’ve looked at, and what we like. Facebook has made this a much more widely known fact.

Being very much aware of many of the tracking that goes on as a marketer, I was dumbfounded when recently made aware of Google’s My Activity page, then drilled down into the location timeline feature.

As you see below, it knows where I have been and when I was there. You can click on those little red buttons and it will show you which hotel you stayed in, what airport you were killing time in on a layover, but when you click in deeper, it shows you exactly what you were doing on your honeymoon as I discovered from my Greece trip with Read more →

The Mobile World of Micro-Moments & Why You Should Care

If you’re like me, the first thing you probably do when you wake up is the same thing you do as the last thing you do before you fall asleep. You check your phone.

According to Checky, an app that tracks how many times a person checks their phone each day, the average person checks their phone an average of 60 times per day (noting it varies widely). Another Google report references we check our phones 150 times per day, which adds up to approximately 177 minutes per day of phone use. One step further brings you to their magic number of 1 minute, 10 seconds per use.

Welcome to the world of Micro-Moments. These are those times when you quickly need to check your calendar, order an Uber, make Read more →

Be Like Ducky: On Pride, Passion & Zamboni’s

I’m a self-appointed “Beer League Hockey Star.” That means myself and others skate a couple times a week and take it way more seriously than our wives and significant others care for. Some of us even drag those friends and family members along to admire our out-of-shape, beer guts chase a black piece of rubber across a sheet of ice with some sticks. This isn’t just in Austin, TX, or Houghton, MI, or Middleton, WI. This is at hundreds of rinks around the country almost every night of the year. Regardless of the outcome, despite our dreams, none of us will ever play in the NHL, perhaps some beer leaguers have in their heyday, but the passion remains. Often that passion can be more about about the camaraderie and hanging out in the locker room recapping your highs and lows with cheap beer. Read more →

Getting Started: Digital Marketing & Resources

I had the fortune of presenting about the fundamentals of digital marketing to a group of eager and accomplished University of Texas student entrepreneurs behind the recently created Genesis Program. While my discussion dove into the tactical details, the presentation deck below includes a lot of the tools of the trade we discussed. Hopefully this deck and the resources below can continue to evolve and assist other entrepreneurs, business owners, eCommerce store owners, and others looking to get a leg up on digital marketing. As this is by no means a comprehensive list, feel free to send me a note with any others you may want to recommend or have added to the list. Read more →

What’s trending in digital marketing in 2016?

Docurated, a company that helps bridge the gaps between marketing and sales teams, included me in an article related to digital marketing trends in 2016. Here is the excerpt from my trend outlook, but you can read the other trends in the full article on their site by clicking here.

“One trend that is shaping digital marketing in 2016 is…”

Micro-Moments. If you’re like me, the first thing you probably do when you wake up is the same thing as the last thing you do before you fall asleep: You check your phone.

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Five Things Travel Taught Me About Business

My career started in the travel industry after college and I built up a company’s India operations nearly from scratch, then helped build out operations in new countries across Asia. At times, I wasn’t sure if business was teaching me how to travel, or travel was teaching me how to do business. If you’ve been to India, you know negotiation is cutthroat, and my prime example was a three day stand off in the Delhi offices of a major Indian Airline after they decided to change a quoted fare for hundreds of group seats that would blow my margins out of the water. They claimed there was an error, but I eventually got them to honor the original fares after those long, very hot days. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to 6 of 7 continents and experience life in places like Bangkok and Delhi, stroll the beaches of Fiji and the Cayman Islands, learn to surf in Costa Rica, not-so-luckily be chased by Burmese Military through the Kachin state, and catch Malaria in the remote villages of Burkina Faso. Here are a few of the lessons I have learned and hopefully there are a few takeaways that will help you: Read more →

Scott Poniewaz Shares Business Travel Tips in Loews Magazine Feature

I was honored to be included in Loews Magazine’s latest issue, which featured myself, golfer Annika Sorenstam, philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, Knot Standard’s Matthew Mueller, and Loews’ own Ramel Kelly. The article was authored by luxury travel writer Damon Banks. A PDF of the article is below, or you can also view the article on the Loews Magazine website at: http://loewsmagazine.com/business-class/ I should… Read more →

Parents, Let Your Kids Become Ski Bums

I remember clearly my first day on the rope tow at the age of 13, when my parents finally succumbed to my pressure and let me go skiing. It was a beautiful day, the snow was freshly groomed corduroy and from first glide, I knew I would never want to stop. I did laps and eventually made it up the chairlift and skied almost every square inch of the 300 vertical feet of Tyrol Basin. The following year I got a season pass, and after that, quickly worked my way into a ski instructor role. Before I was 18, the age the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) requires for holding the Level II exam, I had found a way to complete and pass the Level II tests, but had to wait several months for it to be official when I finally had my birthday. Read more →

Friends Build Innovative Companies

Introducing the “Three Amigos”   In our small, shared Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator office behind a large Times Square billboard, a conversation was happening.  It was based around revising the team slides within our deck for next week’s demo day.   Fast forward a couple of hours when the Dibsie Google alert popped up for an article from Daily Deal Media (E-commerce… Read more →

Making Shopping Click: e-commerce Opportunities Abound

E-commerce is still in version 1.0, but people don’t tend realize what they are looking for until it is there.  Dibsie is in a good place to be the one to build it.  The Economist did an interesting piece this week on the huge opportunity to innovate within the rapidly growing retail/eCommerce space.  It is time to finally get it right.… Read more →