I used to be a prolific reader. Between physical and digital books as well as audio versions it wasn’t a stretch for me to consume multiple books in a month. I’m not talking about Blinklist-summarized consumption. I mean, reading the books in their entirety. I read so much because not only did I find reading relaxing but I also bought into the idea that learning, via books, is critical to a person’s success.

I have never really stopped reading. But I did slow down a few years back. Like a lot of people I started to enjoy shorter forms of…

Three questions, really? Is that all the questions to ask before starting a business. Well, no. There are a ton of questions to ask before starting a business. However, out of all of those questions there are three that I like people to start with. I have used these same three questions personally. I also use these questions when I am coaching an entrepreneur or when people are looking to join my team.

The reason I like these questions the best, out of all the possible questions a person should consider, is that they help get to the root of…

I love working young entrepreneurs. They tend to have so much enthusiasm for their ideas. Plus, they tend to teach you as much as you teach them. This week I was fortunate to spend a little bit of time with two young entrepreneurs from Nepal. They had found my Youtube channel and reached out to see if I could spend some time with them talking about their idea.

I was only able to spend about fifteen minutes with them. But we had a good discussion about what they were trying to accomplish. …

Imagine this scenario. You have a brilliant idea. Media company like Business Insider have named your idea a million dollar idea. You have built your product so well that people from across the globe, let’s say in 45 different countries, have signed up for your service. Investors are calling you directly to see if you are ready to raise a round of startup capital. Large social media networks are sniffing around showing interest in your business.

Then you close it all down.

Sound crazy? It was. I lived it through my first startup. …

Writing a business plan is an art form. However, unlike the process of some artists, writing a business plan in a freeform kind of format is never a good idea. It is better to have a process that you follow. That is why I have personally developed my own process over the years. This process is the same one I use whether I am writing a business plan for a pre-revenue startup, designing a startup pitch deck, or writing a feasibility study for a multi-billion dollar publicly-traded company. There are a lot of steps in writing a business plan. …

Making room in my weekly schedule for deep work is a deliberate choice for me. I believe it is important to take time out of your schedule to think about the day, months, and years ahead. This activity allows me to make very deliberate decisions about my life.

This time of year, the holiday season, is when I spend more time than normal doing deep work. In fact, part of the reason I look forward to this time of year is because of the deep work and decisions about the direction of my life that come out of this season.

Landing investors for your startup is a lot like trying to move a huge boulder. It can feel almost impossible. Until you start to get some momentum. One key to gaining momentum, or moving that boulder, in the fundraising process is landing your first lead investor.

Lead investors can change everything for your startup

Lead investors play a key role for startups that need to raise money from multiple investors. A lead investor is generally the first investor that agrees to fund your startup. …

Credit repair is mostly about getting erroneous (such a fancy word) or dated information removed from your credit reports. You can’t get that information removed if you don’t know what is on your credit report in the first place. Of course, there are other steps you can take and I will go into those briefly today. Below are some steps to follow.

Credit Repair Step #1

For credit repair to work you have to know what is on your credit report in the first place. One condition of the Fair Credit Reporting Act is that consumers have a right to know what is on…

Although we tend to work with high-growth startups the mission of SouthFound is to help entrepreneurs from all walks of life “find their voice”. So, we like to mix up the information we share. The good news is that the steps I am about to share for creating and growing an online personal brand are pretty consistent whether you are focused on your personal brand or your company’s branding.

4 Steps to a Personal Brand You Will Love

I don’t want to oversell the steps I am about to share. Building a personal brand takes a lot of energy and time. But these four steps create a great foundation…

Knowing how to start a business can be confusing. In fact, just this week I have been working with an entrepreneur from Bulgaria. Our work together has identified that there is virtually no one (never say 100% no one) doing exactly what his business model intends to do. There are some companies doing pieces of his business model who I consider indirect competitors. Which means that he will need to scale quickly in order to keep those competitors at bay.

After finishing our first project together, a feasibility study, he admitted to me that he wasn’t entirely sure what steps…

Jonathan Mills Patrick

I’m a former C-level banking exec. and 3x startup founder leading a corporate innovation/product team and have helped companies raise over $500M in funding.

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