Scott Wainner on Entrepreneurship & Startups

Founded ResellerRatings in '97, sold in '99 ($4M), reacquired in '02 ($32k), built to $6M/year (no funding), sold to Answers in '12.

  • What You Must Know When Selling Your Business

    So, you have the next WhatsApp that Facebook wants? Congrats! If that day hasn’t yet come, it may well, and it’s important to be as prepared as possible. Even if you want to sell but don't yet have a buyer on the line, fret not, an investment bank (explained below) ...

  • What Idea Should You Pursue for Success?

    Ideas abound! Everyone has them. They have them in the car, in the shower, or on a jog. Sometimes, they write them down. Sometimes, they fade away. Sometimes, they execute and hammer on them for years, becoming Tesla Motors or Facebook. So, how do you decide what to work on? All ...

  • Making Better Gut Decisions with ChoiceMap

    I've touched on decision paralysis in a prior post, but since making good decisions is so important, it's worth revisiting. Following your gut seems easy, but when faced with big decisions, emotions and complex pros and cons lists often get in the way and wreak havoc. Decisions that are primarily emotional ...

  • Evaluating Ideas for New Businesses and Startups

    So you have a few ideas for new businesses to start -- good for you, the wheels are turning!  How do you decide which one to pursue?  Some pointers, key things to look for: -Make sure you're passionate about the idea. It may be a good idea, and it may fill ...

What You Must Know When Selling Your Business

Posted by Scott March 5, 2014

So, you have the next WhatsApp that Facebook wants? Congrats! If that day hasn’t yet come, it may well, and it’s important to be as prepared as possible. Even if you want to sell but don't yet have a buyer on the line, fret not, an investment bank (explained below) ...

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What Idea Should You Pursue for Success?

Posted by Scott March 4, 2014

Ideas abound! Everyone has them. They have them in the car, in the shower, or on a jog. Sometimes, they write them down. Sometimes, they fade away. Sometimes, they execute and hammer on them for years, becoming Tesla Motors or Facebook. So, how do you decide what to work on? All ...

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Making Better Gut Decisions with ChoiceMap

Posted by Scott January 23, 2014

I've touched on decision paralysis in a prior post, but since making good decisions is so important, it's worth revisiting. Following your gut seems easy, but when faced with big decisions, emotions and complex pros and cons lists often get in the way and wreak havoc. Decisions that are primarily emotional ...

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Evaluating Ideas for New Businesses and Startups

Posted by Scott October 1, 2009

So you have a few ideas for new businesses to start -- good for you, the wheels are turning!  How do you decide which one to pursue?  Some pointers, key things to look for: -Make sure you're passionate about the idea. It may be a good idea, and it may fill ...

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Success Takes Time for Startups, so Start Now

Posted by Scott September 29, 2009

I'm not stupid, but I'm not Einstein either.  My secret has been that I have good instincts on what to work on, I have a good work ethic, and I've been at it for years (15 years now).  If I were to start a business from scratch though today, with ...

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Conquer Decision Paralysis

Posted by Scott August 17, 2009

One of my biggest challenges that I deal with frequently is decision paralysis.  Most of the time, I make small day to day decisions easily and without fear.  But when the decision is big enough, the consequences of making a wrong decision large enough, and the number of different options ...

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U.S. Lagging World in Highspeed Rail

Posted by Scott May 11, 2009

I'm in France this week, and took the TGV train from Paris to Lyon today.  That's a distance of 290 miles, covered in 2 hours, at an average speed of 144 mph.  If you want to see what it's like to go 144 mph in a train, check out my ...

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Takeaways from Adspace 2009 Conference

Posted by Scott April 25, 2009

Adspace is a new publisher-oriented conference operated as part of Ad Tech in San Francisco.  I was there on Wednesday.  It had panel sessions focusing on monetization, Adsense, affiliate marketing.  If you missed it, there are others coming up in Chicago (Sept) and New York (Nov). I really like attending these ...

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Is Your Domain Safe? Better Check the Fine Print.

Posted by Scott November 27, 2008

My company owns several high value, high traffic domains, but I'm not a domainer, so domain registrars and their policies and prices are about as fun and interesting to me as watching paint dry.  As long as the registrar does its job and leaves me alone, I'm happy. What would happen, ...

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Cheap, Simple, Must-Do Usability Testing

Posted by Scott November 17, 2008

I've never done formal usability testing.  You know, hiring a group of testers, giving them coffee and muffins and asking them to perform certain tasks on your website so that you can gain insight on how people actually use your site. Formal testing is expensive and is limited to a ...

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