Getting Started

Guide to Exploring Your Business Idea

You have an idea for a business! You’re eager to dive in and turn that idea into an actual product...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Creating a Business on Holistic Principles: Nubian Flunder, The Healing Place Apothecary

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Nubian Flunder, founder & CEO of The Healing Place Apothecary, an Oakland-based...

Business Planning

Guide to Getting Started on Your Business’ Financial Forecast

Many entrepreneurs struggle to put together the numbers, or financial forecast, for their business. However, understanding your business’ financial outlook...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Creating a Business Out of Telling Stories: Jared Karol, Storytelling for Good

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jared Karol to learn more about his story of becoming a freelancer...

Freelancing

How to Respond to “Can I Pick Your Brain?”

As a freelancer or business owner, you may have been asked on more than one occasion, “Can I pick your...

Entrepreneurial Journey

Following Her Passion: Ariana Marbley, Esscents of Flowers

This week, I’m excited to roll out a new feature on our blog. Every other week we will tell the...

Thinking Holistically

The Hidden Benefits of Asking for Support

Later this month, we will graduate another cohort of our funding a business class. Soon, they will go out and...

Thinking Holistically

Are You Ready to be CEO of Your Startup?

We were halfway through our business planning class last week – this is the point when we see many participants...

Thinking Holistically

Embrace Your Vulnerability as an Entrepreneur

Some years ago, I told a business partner that I didn’t want to be a CEO. I was terrified of...

Thinking Holistically

Create Relationships, Not Just Transactions

Since Valentine’s Day is this week, I’ve been thinking about love, relationships and business. You may ask “What do love...

Getting Started

The Power of Entrepreneurs Right Now

Anyone who has been keeping up with the news knows that we are living in a new era, where a...

Business Planning

Can’t I Just Hire Someone to Write My Business Plan?

This past weekend, we started another cohort of our business planning class, Module 2: Creating a Business Roadmap. Every time...

Getting Started

Laid Off? Try Freelancing

During the mortgage crisis of 2008, I was laid off from my job in investment banking. This was the second...

Getting Started

Don’t Quit Your Day Job… Yet

When I am interviewing aspiring entrepreneurs for our programs, I always ask about their short-term personal goals. In almost every...

General

Welcome to the Uptima Business Bootcamp Blog

When I started Uptima Business Bootcamp in 2014, I drew from my own experience as an investment banker, advising businesses...