Dylan Kohlstädt Blog

Is perfectionism killing your Idea? 6 things to watch for when designing a new product.

By Dylan Kohlstädt | Mar 9, 2017

Everybody wants the perfect product. Your new product- whether it’s a website or a widget- is going to take the world by storm. It’s the new Facebook! It’s the silver bullet that will solve all your problems, grow the bottom line, cement your promotion and save the company. Or at least that’s what you thought!…

Are you Undermining your own Business?

By Dylan Kohlstädt | Feb 9, 2017

Are you the kind of business owner or boss that is always involved in what everybody else is doing? Telling the graphic designer how to do their job, trying to teach your web designer how to write code, or explaining to your marketing team how best to market your brand. You may be sabotaging your…

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Everybody Wants to be an Entrepreneur

By Dylan Kohlstädt | Jan 9, 2017

How to Not Fail at Starting your Own Business and Live out your Dream It seems to me that everyone and their dog wants to be an entrepreneur these days. Perhaps it’s that I live in Cape Town and that the Government of the Western Cape and other corporates here are really doing their best…

Branding your Business: Why you Need to Think Like a Rock Star in order to be a Successful Entrepreneur

By Dylan Kohlstädt | Nov 9, 2016

In a crowded market-place you are going to have to stand up and get noticed or be invisible and forgotten. Branding might seem like just another marketing term to you, but it might just be the difference between feast or famine for your business. A few decades ago someone called Valentino Liberace started playing piano…

Ideas for Entrepreneurial Wannabees

By Dylan Kohlstädt | Oct 9, 2016

So you wanna be an entrepreneur do you? You don’t like bosses or you’re newly retired but too clever to just sit at home waiting for your kids to visit, or you need the extra cash. The only problem is you have no idea which business to pursue. More and more retired folk are leaving…

Don’t Move to the Valley Before Reading This

By Dylan Kohlstädt | Sep 9, 2016

The pinnacle of success for a tech startup has long been to ‘make it in Silicon Valley’, but is that really the be-all-and-end-all it’s made out to be? Silicon Valley is, with due cause, the global centre for innovation. Its world renowned startup-centred ecosystem is the envy of nations, and the model is continually being…

Has Entrepreneur’s Disease Got You?

By Dylan Kohlstädt | Jul 9, 2016

Many entrepreneurs suffer from ‘Entrepreneur’s Disease’ or ‘Founder’s Disease’, the inability to let go any aspect of your business, for fear of losing control. The disease manifests itself uniquely in each individual; some might display more of one characteristic and less of another. The problem is nearly always fatal. It may take one year; it…

The Paradox of Generosity: Being generous in business

By Dylan Kohlstädt | Jun 9, 2016

The Paradox of Generosity: How Giving it Away for Free can Lead to Success Being Generous in Business We’ve all heard people say things like ‘I can’t tell you my business idea, in case you steal it’, or ‘I can’t give you access to that information, it’s proprietary’, or ‘You have to pay to use…

What I Learned as an Entrepreneur in 2015

By Dylan Kohlstädt | Jan 9, 2016

As an entrepreneur you’re always learning. Not all lessons are created equal – most are good to learn, but not all of them are fun to learn. Last year I worked hard, but not smart. Although I was constantly busy and inundated with emails, calls and appointments, I just could not seem to scratch anything…