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3 Reasons NOT to use a recruiter from 1 CEO on Startup number 2

So we’re about to (finally) leave stealth mode in a couple weeks at CES. 2014 has been an awesome year, with no shortages of ups and downs typical of all startups. I’ve been fortunate enough to work on some amazing projects with my good friends to help grow the business. With the new work coming in, we are hiring more engineers. Aside from our own product development we are only working with the best people, on the most exciting IoT projects. That decision which was led by one of my investors and unanimously agreed has really given us an easy way to focus on projects that significant in more than the invoice amount.

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How to Effectively Network Within a New Industry

Most people don’t know that Livio started as a consumer electronics brand (Myine Electronics) focused on the baby boomer cohort. Aside from the standard consumer electronics distribution and sales channels (which we had a lot of experience with prior to starting Livio) we went out to network within boomer groups. We exhibited at industry events […]

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My 2nd Startup after 90 Days – 3 thoughts

Over the past few months, I’ve returned to working in the startup environment. I forgot how much people doubt success and strive to maintain the status quo. This time around it’s a lot easier to get people to return an email. However it is just as hard the second time around as it was starting […]

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Clubbing the Trolls on Capitol Hill

Writing this from the Hart Building, about to meet with our two Senators (well… their staffers…) to discuss patent trolls. At Livio, we were very fortunate to avoid a lawsuit (of any kind). Obviously starting any business is exciting, and in the tech industry there’s never a dull moment with changing technology and major product […]

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10 Years at CES

I had to get on LinkedIn to check and confirm that this year’s CES was my 10th. In 2004, I had my first “real job” as a product manager for Numark making DJ gear. During that year, I started working with a young brand owned by Numark called ION Audio. At the time, ION was […]

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Sold To Ford – One Month Later

Been a crazy month since the closing and the announcement. Here are three thoughts: Serial entrepreneurs: I am writing this on the plane back from my annual CEO Conference and Industry Forum held by the Consumer Electronics Association. Until last week I never realized how many entrepreneurs I already knew that have started multiple businesses. […]

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When the meeting is over, stop talking.

My first gig after college was working at Numark in Rhode Island, as a product manager in the DJ equipment industry. One day I walked into someone’s office and asked “Hey, do you have a min?” and got back “No, I’m really busy right now.” So of course I was like “OK, I’ll make this […]

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