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Mike Moyer Show Notes

Mike Moyer started a company while in college and had a successful exit. He went on to graduate school and got a good job and he felt like everything he touched turned to gold. Feeling confident, Mike decided to invest all of his money into a new startup. At the same time he got married, bought a new house and had a baby. And his company failed. Listen to Mike tell his story of how he got over the hump.

Mike always wanted to teach, write books and sail a sailboat. He spent 20 years figuring out what to write about by working in all sorts of businesses ranging from motor home chassis to vacuum cleaners to education technology to fine wine. He spent time as an executive-level manager in small companies, large companies, family companies, public companies and private equity turnarounds. He even started and sold a few companies himself and with partners.

Mike is the founder of Lake Shark Ventures, LLC where he invests in early-stage ventures and provides consulting focused on management and revenue generation. He has been an entrepreneur who has started a number of companies including Bananagraphics, Moondog, Vicarious Communication and Cappex.com.

In addition to his experience as an entrepreneur he has held a number of senior-level marketing positions with companies that sell everything from vacuum cleaners to financial data services to motor home chassis to luxury wine.

Mike has come to learn that most companies share a similar set of problems and that many of these problems can be solved with less work than most people think.

Today Mike teaches people how to solve business problems by applying simple frameworks. He has written a number of books describing these frameworks. Pitch Ninja is a book about a framework for a persuasive presentation. Slicing Pie is a book about a framework for creating a perfect equity split for startup companies. He wrote some other books that cover frameworks for getting into college, capturing leads at trade shows and even becoming a perfect parent.

In addition to his writing, Mike teaches entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and Northwestern University’s McCormick School for Engineering. He also consults and invests in early-stage companies.

When he’s not writing or teaching he can often be found sailing on Lake Michigan with his wife and three kids.

Tweetable Quotes and Mentions

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“Business is about building wealth and solving problems.” -Mike Moyer Click to Tweet 

“Happiness is out there but until that day dawns you got to do what you can do.” -Mike Moyer Click to Tweet 

“The biggest risk is that some will give up and stay.” -Mike Moyer Click to Tweet 

Treating people fairly is a key part of making sure people are working together. -Mike Moyer Click to Tweet 

“A start-up represents a time where people are taking personal risk.” -Mike Moyer Click to Tweet 

“You got to concentrate on getting to revenue.” -Mike Moyer Click to Tweet 

“You’ve got to keep your family confident in your abilities.” -Mike Moyer Click to Tweet 

“The older you get…the more you have to lose.” -Mike Moyer Click to Tweet 

“I always encourage people to try when they have nothing to lose.” -Mike Moyer Click to Tweet 

“Try early and try often.” -Mike Moyer Click to Tweet 

“When you get older you realize you have to focus more on the fundamentals.” -Mike Moyer Click to Tweet 

“I used to get enamored by the idea…now I get enamored by the people.” -Mike Moyer Click to Tweet 

“Get to revenue as fast as you possibly can.” -Mike Moyer Click to Tweet 

“Sometimes you’re selling the dream and the dream is enough.” -Mike Moyer Click to Tweet 

“You can sell the dream of awesomeness.” -Mike Moyer Click to Tweet 

“Be honest and fair with people throughout your career.” -Mike Moyer Click to Tweet 

“Most companies share very similar problems.” -Mike Moyer Click to Tweet 

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Hump to Get Over

Mike Moyer started a company while in college and had a successful exit. He went on to graduate school and got a good job and he felt like everything he touched turned to gold. Feeling confident, Mike decided to invest all of his money into a new startup. At the same time he got married, bought a new house and had a baby. And his company failed. Listen to Mike tell his story so you can learn how to move onward and upward faster.

Advice for others

Get to revenue as fast as you possibly can.

Holding him back from being an even better leader

My ability to focus on one thing.

Best Leadership Advice Received

Be honest and fair with people throughout your career.

Secret to Success

I do all of my own creative work.

Best tools that helps in business or Life

Being able to understand and recognize patterns and being able to articulate those.

Recommended Reading

Rules for Leadership, Life and Career

Contacting Mike

Website: www.mikemoyer.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikemoyer/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mikemoyer

Resources

Slicing Pie: Funding Your Company Without Funds

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About the Author:

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Your Fast Leader Show host is Jim Rembach. Jim is a panel expert with the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) and spent many years in contact center operations and leverages this to help others. He is a certified Emotional Intelligence (EQ) practitioner, Certified Employee Retention Specialist, Certified Better Place to Work Expert, and frequently quoted industry expert.
  • Mike Southall ن

    Hi
    Please can you point me to a download of the “Rules for Leadership, Life and Career” pdf?
    I can see the link to Amazon purchase, but I thought Mike said “just download it”, not “pay Amazon for it”
    Sorry if I misunderstood

    • Mike,

      I think Mike was referring to the download on his site and the Rules for Leadership, Life and Career was the recommended reading. But if you find that for free, let me know.

      Thanks for listening.

      Godspeed,

      Jim