Growth Technoprenuer

Grow Your Tech Business With One Simple Mindset Shift

Recently, I notice a lot of technopreneurs who glamorize the many roles they play in a company. It’s something that evokes feelings of pride and honor in them.

“I have so many roles.”

“I’m responsible for the sales, marketing, accounting, and the client work.”

“I’m executing it all.”

If your main goal is the “freedom to create big impact, value and succeed”, is this the most efficient way to be handling your tech business?

The ability to possess a more lucrative high-value tech business AND more personal time.

If this resonates with you, then I’ll affirm that taking on more roles is not the way to go.

As a matter of fact, the #1 operating principle in my business is to fire myself.

The fewer roles I play, the more I can act as the owner of the business instead of playing the role of the employee.

The majority of technopreneurs have not really processed this. They become attached to their business and tend to believe that the business and themselves are synonymous.

In reality, playing the role of the owner is the main ingredient in creating real asset value in their business.

For the sake of practicality, you’re probably playing a myriad of roles today. You might be playing the roles that handle selling, marketing, financing, billing, client work etc. 

To fire yourself efficiently, it is necessary to find opportunities for other people to fulfill the roles you have been playing.

Not long ago, I held a Tech Business Seminar where I organize a chart displaying what a tech business looks like. Every responsibility of the firm is listed alongside the name of the person responsible for it – similar to roles in a company such as a CEO, COO, VP of Marketing, VP of sales, etc.

This is applicable to every tech business.

Regardless if you’re a solopreneur with limited to no staff or a tech firm with over a hundred people, the organizational structure is tantamount. However, a technopreneur in a smaller firm might face the challenge of playing more roles in their business compared to one in a larger firm.

Let’s say your name is listed next to all the responsibilities. You play the role of the owner, CEO, VP of finance, and VP of Sales and Marketing. It’s all displayed in front of you. Seeing it visually represented helps you see which tasks you can get others to take on, thereby reducing the number of roles you play.

Here’s what I’d like you to do: List out all the tasks you are responsible for in your business at this moment and question, “ Can I fire myself from that task?”.

Seeing it visually represented allows you to have a clearer picture of who has what responsibility in your business. Thereby allowing you to delegate many of your roles to other people.

In our coaching program, we utilize a process called Delegation Liberation. It helps technopreneurs figure out the most efficient way to delegate tasks so that the result is done to highest quality standards. It gives you the freedom to relieve yourself from the responsibilities associated with the operations sector of your business.

I highly recommend technopreneurs to think along these lines.

How can you play the role of the owner instead of an employee?

 

P.S. Whenever you’re ready… here are 3 ways I can help you grow your tech business :

1.   Grab a free copy of useful stuff that can help you grow your tech business. More in our blog.

4 Ways to Position Your Tech Business to Attract More Clients Click here.

3 Mistakes to Avoid In Your Tech Business To Grow Revenue Click here.

2.   Schedule a 15 Minute assessment call with us – Click here.

We have worked with a bunch of tech companies and have offered them systems, strategies and coaching to attract and convert clients. We help you install sales and marketing systems that automate stuff and help flood leads and drive higher revenues and margins. Talk to us.

3.    Join our Techcelerate Implementation Program and be a Case Study

I’m putting together a new coaching case study group at Techcelerate this month… stay tuned for details. If you’d like to work with us on your client-getting and scale plans… just reply to this message and put “Case Study” in the subject line.

Life is short. Take action now and grow. Best Wishes.

12 Accelerators

The 12 Accelerators: How To Scale Your Tech Business Fast?

I want to teach you the model that helps us scale your Technology businesses.

You could be a System Integrator, Software or Hardware OEM, Specialist Services Player (Analytics, Security, AI), IT Services or into tech business that is into a consultative selling cycle.

I don’t know how much you know about the work that we do, but our job is really simple.

We take Technology businesses with an annual run rate of USD 1M up to USD 10M and take them from $X a month and help them to get to $2X within a year. And we do it with this model right here:

More than anything in the world, I want you to have a technology business that can scale.

And what I mean by that is a Technology business that gives you more of three things.

I don’t know why you became a Technopreneur, but I’ve got a hunch that there are three things that you want.

Money

Number one, I want you to have a technology business that takes the lid off the amount of money you can —the amount of cash you can make, and income you can make from your business.

Most tech businesses are stuck or limited —the amount of money they can make mostly depends of the number of clients added, number of projects executed or number of licenses or subscriptions sold. If this is not happening, you are not making money.

So, we want to take the lid off money.

Meaning

Number two, that maximizes the amount of impact you can make.

So, in other words, that instead of making a big difference to —like 5 or 10 or 15, maybe —like, 20 clients, that you can impact hundreds of clients instead. Or you can pick and choose key clients with whom you want to do business and grow.

 

Freedom

And thirdly, the amount of freedom you can enjoy; we take the lid off that as well.

I want you to have more money, and more meaning, and more TIME freedom.

But more money, and more meaning, and more freedom are really the three things that drive me and most of our clients.

The three things I think we want more to grow your Tech business.

To get more money, more meaning, and more freedom, there are FOUR parts of your technology business that we need to focus on.

 

Attract

We need to look at the way you attract leads, the way you get them interested, the way you convert them into clients, and the way you deliver your service so you can help more clients succeed — and make more money.

Right? Here’s what happens, though.

Most technology businesses aren’t built in a way that can scale at all. Most technopreneurs don’t have a system that helps to attract prospects, get them interested, convert deals and propagate your good work.

Because they don’t, they end up with no audience or pipeline. Right?

In a little bit, as we go through the How To, I want you to kind of —to look at this not as, “Oh, this is interesting content that Mag’s teaching.” But I want you to look at your technology business through this lens.

Now, most people don’t have a way to get enough leads in. So, then, no audience. Like, world’s best-kept secret; no fun at all.

Most —so, that’s the opposite of being able to attract.

 

Interest

Once you are able to attract prospects to your domain, you need to get them interested in what you do or offer.

Without interest, you will not be able to get engage deep with your prospects. Interested prospects are curious.

They would like to know how can you solve their problems and get them to a safe place. Your prospects are inundated with choices and are facing an overwhelm. Without interest, you are not going to go too far with them in their buying cycle.

 

Convert

If you think about the convert side of your business —the way you convert prospects into clients.

Most technopreneurs don’t have a way to convert the client —prospects into clients.

They end up with a big fat cash problem called, “no sales”. Right?

No audience means your marketing is limited.

No sales mean we’re not converting prospects into clients. So, it hurts our dollars.

 

Propagate

Now that you have successfully delivered your client engagement, how can you make your client become a raving fan of what you do?

How can you ask for referrals? How can you make your client sell for you?

This something big companies have mastered. Technopreneurs are often in the dark when it comes to propagating their body of work through referrals from existing customers. You need a system to get this done.

The 12 Accelerators

What I want to do in a second is I want to share with you the twelve accelerators — the twelve projects that we use to drive a technology business and take you from where you are right now to a 2X dollars a year in the next 12 months.

We’re going to start with Attract side of the model because frankly, we’re going to generate leads and we’re going to sell stuff. We need to know what we’re going to get leads for and what we’re going to sell.

Okay? So, under Attract, there are three accelerators —three kinds of focus areas that we zoom in on in order to grow your Tech business.

 

Attract: Segment

What is your target segment? Who is in your target market?

The easiest way to think it is who do you love dealing with? Who in the past have you had good success with? Who you like working with on a day to day basis and could do for the next year or more?

So there is your target.

We can then get deeper on that, of course, and look at what keeps them up at night, what the pain is. But for now, choosing the right target market and the segment will allow you to focus, message and differentiate yourself from the competition.

 

Attract: Build authority

The second thing that helps your business to differentiate is to build authority.

Positioning yourself as an authority is critical. It affects how many referrals you get, how much clients will pay, and, when done correctly, can begin a new chapter of truly enjoying your practice.

To go from ‘Who are you?’ —best kept secret— to kind of a big deal in your space is extremely crucial.

So, we want to fill your funnel; that’s about getting leads in. And then we want to build your authority so that it’s easier to sell to the people that you’ve got —so they become quite a big deal. The more authority work we do, the easier that sales become.

 

Attract: Install automation

Again, so that you don’t have to do all of this stuff yourself. Automated just means you don’t have to do it.

So, it might be that you have a virtual assistant running some of the systems for you.

It might be that you have an active game plan campaign or Hubspot, or any other software gadget —some kind of system that you can design a campaign and just have it run for you every single week without you having to be physically involved so that marketing does what it needs to do.

When we can do those three things; Segment your market, build authority, and install automation, guess what happens?

Now, you’ve got an attraction system that is absolutely humming.

We’ve talked about the three accelerators for how you attract leads into your tech business. And in just a moment, we’re going to talk about the way you get them interested in you.

But what I’d love to know right now is if you think about these three attraction pieces, what do you need most right now?

Do you need to analyze your market and identify your target segment?

Build authority and become a bit more of a key player in the space?

Or is automation the thing that you most need?

Do us a favor and just type into the comment box, which one of those three? Leave us a comment, which one of those three do you need most right now?

Now let’s move onto the Interest side of the model.

So, under Interest, there are three accelerators —three kinds of focus areas that we zoom in on in order to grow your Tech business.

Interest: Sell with webinars

So, on the Interest side, the first thing we’re going to do is we’re going to audition clients. The second piece is to sell with webinars.

Big fan of the old webinar; done a bunch of them in my time. And frankly, it’s a little bit of a secret weapon.

There’s something magic about being able to show up on a webinar, and have a few hundred perfect prospects show up as well, teach your heart out for an hour or a little bit more, and then have them jump on your offers and say, “That was incredible, but I want more.”

That’s exactly what we want. Okay? And so, the second Interest driver that we run to grow your tech business is to sell with webinars. And that —which leads us to the second.

 

Interest: Fill your funnel

So, the second thing we need to do in the interest side is to fill your funnel.

Most technopreneurs don’t have a funnel, and if they do, it’s not full.

And so, there are two parts of that:

It’s designing out the perfect funnel to get you the leads that you need, and then turning on the traffic tab to drive people through —whether it’s to a webinar or a case study funnel, or an appointment funnel.

We just need a simple funnel that drives new traffic your way and generates the leads you need for your funnel. That’s the first project —that’s about getting rich.

Convert

On the convert side of things. There are three ways that you can scale up client conversions.

They are Strategy Session, Value Builder, and Killer Proposal. Each of these is designed to convert your prospects into paying clients.

 

Using this framework, we have been able to help technopreneurs install systems and tactics that allow them to scale with very little resource investment. Without a system, a process and an approach you are pretty much stumped and cluttering yourself with unwanted activities.

In summary, I don’t know what your colors are. Whether you have a lot of greens (going is good), or lots of oranges, or lots of reds. But if you had more greens and oranges than you’d like —or frankly, you’re on the right track.

But you just want to go faster— then, I’m really glad you’re here because later this month, we’re starting a brand new case study group for our Techcelerate Program.

And we’re going to work really closely over two or three months with a small group of coaches and help them to implement these systems week by week by week to go from red to yellow, and yellow to green.

It could be the perfect way for you to go from where you are to 2X your revenue within a year in your technology business quickly. In it, we cover each of these twelve accelerators with a heavy focus on – Attract Cycle, filling your funnel, and then converting opportunities into deals.

Take good care. I’ll talk to you soon.

 

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P.S. Whenever you’re ready… here are 3 ways I can help you grow your tech business :

1.  Grab a free copy of useful stuff that can help you grow your tech business. More in our blog.

4 Ways to Position Your Tech Business to Attract More Clients Click here.

3 Mistakes to Avoid In Your Tech Business To Grow Revenue Click here.

2.  Schedule a 15 Minute assessment call with us – Click here.

We have worked with a bunch of tech companies and have offered them systems, strategies and coaching to attract and convert clients. We help you install sales and marketing systems that automate stuff and help flood leads and drive higher revenues and margins. Talk to us.

3   Join our Implementation Program and be a Case Study

I’m putting together a new coaching case study group at Techcelerate this month… stay tuned for details. If you’d like to work with us on your client-getting and scale plans… just reply to this message and put “Case Study” in the subject line.

Life is short. Take action and grow. Best Wishes.

How to Double Your Tech Business Growth By Simplifying Your Plan?

If your tech business feels heavy and complex, I’ve got some good news for you. The secret to growing your tech business from where it is now to where you want it to be is SIMPLICITY.

When you started a business, you focused solely on survival. You did whatever it takes to stay in business. You took on whatever clients will hire you and deliver your services any way you can.

Though you simplified the business in some areas, over time, your business becomes complex.

For instance, you may create multiple tech practice areas, build a team with various capabilities, sign complex deals, automate emails for marketing, or hire virtual assistants to complete repetitive tasks. We add these things, but lose sight of the fact that this adds complexity to our business, and it’s very hard to scale complexity. 

 

A lot of technopreneurs assume that a more profitable tech business is just a larger version of their business. In actuality, the business that thrives and creates more freedom for the founder are based on simplicity, not complexity.

I’d like you to challenge your assumptions about scaling and business growth.

If you feel you have too much on your plate already, remember, there are only so many hours in a day. You won’t create a larger, more profitable business by doing the same things that got you where you currently are.

We’ve all heard the phrase, “What got you here won’t get you there.”

 

What’s Your Vision?

Here’s a quick exercise you can do to think about where you’re headed and make sure you’re on the right path to creating the ‘tech business of tomorrow’.

Pull out a sheet of paper and spend five minutes writing down your vision of what you want your practice to be.

  1. What do you want your revenue and profits to be?
  2. Who do you want in your business?
  3. What kind of clients do you want to serve?
  4. Then, look at where you are today and ask yourself, “Is everything I’m doing right now consistent with that vision?”

Almost all technopreneurs that do this exercise will find that the answer is ‘No’.

They’ll find it’s impossible to double their revenue by continuing to work in the same linear way they’re doing right now.

Once you’ve finished this exercise, you’ll see you need to jettison some of your activities to get you on the path from where you are to where you want to go.

Of course, the million dollar question is, “What exactly does that path look like?”

You have to start somewhere, and without a clear vision of where you want to go, you’ll never be able to create a step-by-step process to get there.

Hopefully, you’ll find this model helpful in thinking through some of the things you need to get rid of to simplify and lighten your practice. If you want to double your business, it needs to become more simple for you, not more complicated.

Life would be easier, revenue would increase, your processes would improve, and you’ll move up in the market much faster when you work on simplicity, rather than scaling the complexity you have today.

 

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P.S. Whenever you’re ready… here are 3 ways I can help you grow your tech business :

1.  Grab a free copy of useful stuff that can help you grow your tech business. More in our blog.

4 Ways to Position Your Tech Business to Attract More Clients Click here.

3 Mistakes to Avoid In Your Tech Business To Grow Revenue Click here.

2.  Schedule a 15 Minute assessment call with us – Click here.

We have worked with a bunch of tech companies and have offered them systems, strategies and coaching to attract and convert clients. We help you install sales and marketing systems that automate stuff and help flood leads and drive higher revenues and margins. Talk to us.

3   Join our Techcelerate Implementation Program and be a Case Study

I’m putting together a new coaching case study group at Techcelerate this month… stay tuned for details. If you’d like to work with us on your client-getting and scale plans… just reply to this message and put “Case Study” in the subject line.

Life is short. Take action and grow. Best Wishes.

3 Unusual Ways to Standout and Win

Last week, had coffee with a technopreneur in Singapore. What he said blew me away!

After getting to know about his business, the past 6 years of his roller-coaster life as an entrepreneur, motivations to start a business in his 40s after quitting a well-paid job in an MNC – casually asked him this question.

“What is your definition of success and failure? And why now?”

After digging his head down for a few minutes, he looked me in the eye and said this.

My definition of hell is to reach the end of my life and coming face to face with the person you might have been!

I just want to go with no regrets in my heart. So here I am.

In his world, there are no costs or losses.

Just investments.

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Why Poor Enablement Leads To Sales People Failing?

There has been much written and discussed on how sales people fail themselves. Totally agree. But then there is another side to the story.

Poor sales enablement by the company!

Yes! Sales people fail because their company fails them. It happens all the time. The only difference between when sales people fail themselves vs when sales people fail because of their company — the company rarely gets blamed.

Often times there is no revenue strategy that drives go to market plans, product, marketing and sales function.

I have seen these situations a lot around me. When it happens and it’s a crying shame.

Sales people are only part of a two part system to drive sales. Sales people are the tip of the spear, they are the executors and if they aren’t doing the right things, nothing is getting done. With that said, the company has a job too, and if they aren’t doing their job, it doesn’t matter how good sales is, ain’t nothing gonna happen.

Sales people fail because they company fails them and when the company fails them the isn’t doing some or all of these things;

  1. There is no solid revenue strategy and a ‘Go to Market’ plan
  2. The business model no longer fits the market
  3. Poor territory development
  4. Poor sales process and review mechanisms
  5. They don’t provide a good competitive product. In 2018, it’s all about providing business outcomes.
  6. They aren’t providing solid sales support (enablement)
  7. They don’t have a solid on boarding process
  8. They have unrealistic quotas
  9. They don’t provide adequate training
  10. The have horrible hiring practices
  11. They don’t have a sales culture through out the entire company
  12. They lack sales leadership
  13. They don’t listen to the sales people
  14. No lead development
  15. Weak sales messaging
  16. Lack of market understanding
  17. Slow product upgrades, improvements
  18. High prices
  19. Weak marketing department
  20. They micro manage
  21. No room for failure
  22. Too much room for failure (never make quota, and still have a job)
  23. Bad talent management
  24. No coaching
  25. Poor communication
  26. It’s political and bureaucratic
  27. Over zealous legal
  28. Unrealistic expectations
  29. Can’t deliver product, they can’t implement
  30. Crappy customer service
  31. Poor customer retention
  32. Not enough tools (salesforce automation, CRM’s, etc.)
  33. Don’t embrace social media
  34. Don’t recognize it’s 2018 NOT 2002!

This is one long list of ways sales people fail, because of their company.

It’s too easy to blame the sales person or the sales team for falling revenue, for poor sales results, but before we do, we need to take a good long look at the company. Is it providing the sales team with what it needs to crush it? Often times, the answer is no.

It’s time companies become accountable for sales success and failure as much as the sales individuals.

How does your company stack up?

If you want a top-notch sales organization, hire top-notch sales people AND then give them everything they need to be successful, which starts with avoiding EVERYTHING on this list.

Yes, companies CAN be the reason sales people fail.

What did Satya do to energise Microsoft?

(Reading time 4 mins. Analyse using B4B Wheel to map Microsoft and Satya’s strategy)

Our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation. This is a critical time for the industry and for Microsoft. Make no mistake, we are headed for greater places — as technology evolves and we evolve with and ahead of it. Our job is to ensure that Microsoft thrives in a mobile and cloud-first world.

This paragraph was somewhere in the middle of the first letter Satya Nadella wrote to Microsoft’s employees once he took over as CEO on 4th Feb 2014.

Steve Ballmer exited Microsoft in Aug 2013. Satya Nadella stepped in as the CEO around Feb 2014.

What has changed since then?

One word. Culture.

The approach. A shift from ego-centric 800 pound gorilla like approach to a clear thinking yoda like inclusive leadership.

A shift from ‘I am right, you are wrong‘ mindset to ‘let’s discuss and evolve together‘ progressive thinking.

In two years, Satya has led a cultural revolution at Microsoft that has brought a lot more compassion, a lot more energy around the way people feel and think about things.

Microsoft ‘power center‘ approach where every product group ruled the roost and thought in silos has truly given way to ‘One Microsoft‘ group think that has a unified mission.

To understand this even better, let’s compare and contrast Ballmer and Satya’s approach using Agility Nexus B4B Wheel.

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B4B rejects Alpha Male style leadership

(Reading time 3 minutes. B4B needs a ‘eco-system’ leader than an ‘ego-centered Alpha Male leader type)

How many times you have been to a meeting headed by a leader portraying Alpha male leadership style?

Hardheaded, task-oriented and extremely opinionated. They are known to get very upset when things do not go their way, and living up to their excessively high standards can feel like a mission impossible. They are prone to outbursts when things don’t go their way.

Bold, aggressive, decisive, critical, one track, domineering and loud. They inject fear all around. They suck energy out of the space.”

The corporate ladders, of both big and small companies, are strewn with such characters aplenty. These folks have managed to play the game well for the past four decades. In fact, they have played it so well that they have risen to the top.

Shocking but true.

The reason it has worked so well until now is that the corporates have been ‘ego-systems‘ so far. Hierarchical, typical ladder, where the alphas gather their pack and rule the territory. Organisations were territorial and boundaries were well defined.

Not anymore. As we step into the social era, ego-systems are being quickly replaced by eco-systems. Connections matter more than strategy in a silo.

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Are you a B2B or B4B company?

(5 minutes. Lengthy and hard hitting with examples.)

Couple of weeks ago, my article on Business FOR Business (B4B) resonated well with many of you. Don’t know why but at some level, deep inside, we seem to agree with the larger principle that businesses should exist for other businesses to succeed.

 

Not just for our shareholders, employees and partners who just continue to extract value from the market. This is so industrial era thinking.

 

Well, if we agree on this premise, then we should have some kind of assessment or validation that allows us to evaluate our business in its current state. Thought that it will be a good exercise to come up with a set of questions that allows us to do the same. A litmus test.

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B2B is dead. B4B is born.

(Reading time 4 minutes. Lengthy but intriguing)

Isn’t this a bold idea?

 

What’s in a title? Maybe everything.

 

Something that is very personal and possibly deep. A worldview that can shift our thinking and inspires us to do few things totally different.

 

Nah. How can that be? How is it possible?

 

How can you change a word, a preposition, ‘to‘ and replace it with ‘for‘ and call it a game changer?

 

We have seen it all. Haven’t we all been in business far too long to be moved by play of words. A small change from ‘To’ to ‘For’ means nothing.

 

Well, I don’t think so. I will tell you why in a moment.

 

Here is the bold idea again: ‘B2B is dead. B4B is born‘.

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10 Benefits of an economic slowdown

As you step into this Monday morning, I am sure that you don’t have to hear more bad news. Slowdown, layoffs, structural job losses, hiring freeze, change and more change coming our way.

 

I’m no Yoda but I can connect with the facts of brutal reality that is playing out there. I know people are suffering, and I hate that.

 

However, I also believe that every cloud has a silver lining. Seeing life that way is  just part of my being. So thought I should flex the appreciator muscle and see the slow down in a different light.

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