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149A- Successful exit strategy for ‘stage-2′ entrepreneur- Barry Curlee

March 25th, 2011


In this episode of The Struggling Entrepreneur, we deliver an interview with Barry Curlee, who is considered to be what he calls a “Stage-2 Entrepreneur.” This means that he did not create a startup firm as a founding solo-preneur; rather, he took over an existing business in trouble, then ran and managed the business as an entrepreneur.

At first with another co-owner or partner, Barry eventually ended up with the business by himself–which forced him to drive the business to success as a “solo-preneur” until he was able to execute an Exit Strategy to sell the business.

Barry Curlee

As you will hear during the interview in this audio episode, Barry’s key strength was being able to get the right people for the business from his own judgment and hiring. The people were the most valuable asset, and Barry knew how to develop them, reward them and motivate them to excel within the business environment.

Barry also kept enhancing his own business skills by keeping an open mind for looking at learning as an eternal challenge.

Another factor in his success was the networking and relationship-building activities in which Barry participated–and then excelled. Especially key was the Rotary Club membership that helped him create long-term business relationships with other successful entrepreneurs and Small Business owners.

Copyright (c) 2011, Matrix Solutions Corporation. All rights reserved.


148A- 60 Great Books for Entrepreneurs

March 21st, 2011


In this Bonus Episode of The Struggling Entrepreneur, we deliver the audio narration of a blog post that is being promoted by Julia Watson. This deals with a list of reading material to help spur the success of Entrepreneurs.

60 Great Books for Entrepreneurs

 The blog post is titled “60 Great Books to Spur Your Entrepreneurial Spirit”; and it is being promoted by Julia Watson. This is located at

The list for these 60 books is broken down into the following categories:

1. Entrepreneurial Passion

2. Inspiration

3. Innovation

4. Management and Leadership

5. Work/Life Balance and Productivity

6. Marketing and Psychology

If you wish to get more details for any of the 60 books listed, please visit the web site from the link provided in this page of show notes, and you can click on the title of the book for the hot link that will provide more detail.

Copyright (c) 2011, Matrix Solutions Corporation and Promotion by Julia Watson.


148- How Entrepreneurs can avoid most common legal mistakes

March 7th, 2011


In this episode of The Struggling Entrepreneur, we interview James Blake, a practicing Business Attorney in the Austin area. The discussion is centered around the most common legal mistakes made by Entrepreneurs–and how to avoid them.


James Blake and RISE Austin 2011

James Blake is one of the attorneys that has picked up on the effective use of Internet and Social Media tools to help his clients, as well as entrepreneurs.


The Blake Law Firm, PLLC, web site

In fact, James Blake will be delivering three presentations that deal with small business legal topics at the growing annual conference called RISE Austin (Relationships and Information Series for Entrepreneurs).

He is licensed to practice law in the states of Texas and Hawaii. Additionally, he has clients in both larger business organizations and international entities.

During the interview, Mr. Blake recommended a book called The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Business Law. He describes this as a book with substantive value, and it seems to be used in both Law Schools and Business Schools.

Copyright (c) 2011, Matrix Solutions Corporation and The Blake Law Firm, PLLC. All rights reserved.


147- Should an Entrepreneur hire Small Business Execs?

March 5th, 2011


In this episode of The Struggling Entrepreneur, we deliver a repurposed podcast episode from Chris Benjamin  and his series on called The Rogue CFO’s Expert Guide to Launch a startup.

The topic deals with the question: Should an Entrepreneur hire executives to run the Small Business?

147- Outsourcing small business execs

In this case, the executive functions deal with Marketing, Finance, HR, etc.

Copyright (c) 2011, Matrix Solutions Corporation and Chris Benjamin Consulting, LLC. All rights reserved.