A Fresh Start for IdeaMensch

I started IdeaMensch about six years ago because I wanted to learn from entrepreneurs. I didn’t really want to be an entrepreneur but was obsessed with how entrepreneurs of all kinds seemed to be the absolute best at bringing ideas to life. At the time I was in working for ad agencies, where most ideas […]

How To Focus as An Entrepreneur


Brilliant ideas, new sales opportunities or a dream team; what is the number one thing that an entrepreneur needs to have in order to succeed and be a name to reckon with? Most people would suggest a great idea and a great team, and as you diversify, and then of course you would need new […]

19 Startup Habits to Start Today

Every month, I write a recap of some of the lessons I learned from our most recent interviews. This month, I put together a list of 19 habits recommended to us by some of the world’s finest entrepreneurs.  Pick up one or two or three of these and integrate them into your daily habits. 1. […]

How to define a mission and vision for your startup

(and why they’re so damn important) [box type=”tick” border=”full” icon=”none”]Today’s awesome guest post is by Jason Halstead, the founder of Gist Brands. I asked Jason to write this because I am a big fan of his work and this is really important stuff for you to think about as you bring to life your idea. […]

5 Reasons Bad Bookkeeping Can Get You Fired From Your Startup

Starting a business can feel a lot like jumping from speeding car. It is a mixture of a leap of faith, timing, finesse and a lot of luck wrapped into one. Understandably, dealing with accounting is usually not high on many founders’ to-do lists. Part of being in the startup grind is really a matter […]

Free Webinar – How To Use Events To Grow Your Business

How do you grow your business? Advertising? PR? What about events? In this free webinar, sales and marketing strategist Charlene DeCesare will teach us how to maximize events for business growth, regardless of budget. You will learn seven key lessons: Why conferences, trade shows, and networking events should be a key part of your integrated sales […]

20 Great Pieces Of Advice For Entrepreneurs

We have done over a thousand interviews here on IdeaMensch. If you have the time, I recommend you read them all. I did. You are going to learn so much from people who’re more or less just like you and I. Plus you’ll have something to do for the next month or two. Instead, I […]

Free Webinar – 14 Ways to Thrive in a Day

One of the things I hear over and over from our community is that you’d like to see some more instructional content in addition to our daily interviews. That got me thinking. At first it seemed like a good idea for me to write more ongoing original content. However, IdeaMensch is a night and weekend project (which […]

Why Every Entrepreneur Should Read Rework

We have asked thousands of entrepreneurs about what the one book is they would recommend every other entrepreneur should read. That is why we created IdeaMensch 100, what my mother would call the ultimate book list for entrepreneurs. The most recommended book is Rework, written by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson –  the founders of […]

5 Super Quick Tips For Your Social Media Strategy

According to a report by Social Media Examiner, 97% of businesses use social media for marketing purposes (pdf). But with all the social platforms available, and the seemingly endless ways to use them, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and confused. Here are five tips to help you dial in your social marketing strategy to make it […]

Clean Your Digital Marketing: A 5-Point Checklist

[box icon=”none”]This is a guest post by Andy Crestodina, who is the Strategic Director of Orbit Media, a web design company in Chicago. He’s also the author of Content Chemistry, An Illustrated Guide to Content Marketing You are welcome to connect with Andy on Google+ and Twitter.[/box] It’s been a long winter, many things have […]