What Entrepreneurs Should Learn from John Lackey

John Lackey

(Red Sox pitcher John Lackey tips his hat to fans after pitching a brilliant game that ultimately won the World Series for the Boston team this year. His relationship with the fans underwent a complete reversal in a period of 12 months. Photo courtesy of Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images.)

Republished from Xconomy


Success in business is out of reach to those who aren’t already blessed with plentiful advantage, so goes the conventional wisdom. A similar stereotype in sports is that you either have talent or you don’t. But the story of a once-maligned pitcher’s World Series victory upends both of these stereotypes, and has great lessons for entrepreneurs.

Bill on The Fran Tarkenton Show

"Today, entrepreneurship is everywhere. Everyone wants to be an entrepreneur." In his high-energy discussion with Hall of Famer, entrepreneur, and radio host Fran Tarkenton, Bill Aulet shares his perspective on current trends in entrepreneurship, the challenges facing entrepreneurship education, and of course, sports. Entrepreneurs are made, not born, and Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup provides a framework for becoming a successful entrepreneur. Listen to the full interview, which aired on Saturday, October 26th on SiriusXM ch. 104.


Thanks for Getting Disciplined Entrepreneurship off to a Tremendous Start

Dear Friends and Supporters,

What an incredible month it has been since we launched the book Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup. Thanks to your incredible support, we have sold over 4,500 books in the first month! We have been featured in the Wall Street Journal (twice including an OpEd), CNBC Squawk Box, Bloomberg News, the Boston Globe, Forbes (twice), as well as many other media outlets. The reviews have been universally positive. We also have an excellent website which will be enhanced shortly as we roll out tools to build and further develop the community around Disciplined Entrepreneurship. In a truly amazing way, with minimal resources, we have fundamentally impacted the trajectory of entrepreneurship in less than a month and we have only just begun.

Teaching Entrepreneurship Is in the Startup Phase

Republished from The Wall Street Journal Opinion

Students are clamoring for instruction, but it's hard. There are no algorithms for success.


Forget medical school or law school. These days, record numbers of high-school and college students say they aspire to be entrepreneurs. At Yale University, for example, over 20% of the undergraduates indicate that they are interested in pursuing entrepreneurship as a career. Compare that with 1980, the year I graduated from Harvard. I didn't know what the word "entrepreneur" meant—and neither did any of my friends.

How to Solve Your ‘Series A Crunch’: Read this Book

By Mark Gorenberg

More entrepreneurs than ever before are getting seed funded.  So despite the significant amount of Series A venture capital money available, the law of numbers say that most young companies will struggle to find VC funding. The press is now calling this struggle for funds the “Series A Crunch”.  If you are an entrepreneur and you want to make it through this tough passage, I strongly suggest that you get Bill Aulet’s book Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup and use it as your guide.  It provides a prescriptive checklist of what you need to do in order to build a company and make yourself attractive to series A investors like myself.

Startup Stories Are Great Narratives, But Not Blueprints for Success

Republished from WSJBlogs - The Accelerators.

GUEST MENTORS Joe Epstein and Nate Hindman, journalists:

Entrepreneurship makes for great stories. It’s why Ashton Kutcher is starring in a movie about Steve Jobs. It’s why we spent the past two months driving across America writing about interesting startups. It’s why you’re reading this.

But great narratives aren’t the only thing fueling our collective consumption of startup stories. The road to building a successful company is long and winding, and everyone is looking for a map. So it’s only natural that in this uncertain world entrepreneurs sift through stories about their peers for signals to guide their own vision. They should be careful.