About Marilyn Walker, Ph.D.

Marilyn Walker is Founder and Lead Consultant at Grow Your Org. She helps businesses plan and manage growth, with a specialty in technology.
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Crowd Funding a Startup (Funding Technology Startups Part 3)

Want to see your (business) name in lights? Today we look at the newest kid on the business funding block – Crowd Funding (alternatively Crowdfunding). [Note: This is the third article in a series on funding technology startups. Part 1, which provides an overview and delves into the details of self funding and grants is […]

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How to Fund a Technology Startup: Part 2

[Note: This is the second article in a series on how to fund a technology startup. Part 1 is here.] To quickly review, in the last article we looked at funding your technology startup from your own funds, and also how and why technology companies should consider applying for grants through the Small Business Innovation […]

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Funding Technology Startups: Part 1

Dealing with the “money side of things” is often one of the greatest challenges that technology startups face, particularly if your background is in government, academia, or even if you have worked in a large company, where you got a regular paycheck with all the trimmings. You have probably been much more interested in your […]

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Reaching Goals by Avoiding Perfection: Conquering Zeno’s Paradox

The perfect hell might be a world where you forever get halfway to a goal, but never reach it. My question for you today is, “How many goals are you forever reaching toward, and what can you do, today, to actually reach them?” Zeno’s Dichotomy Paradox states, “That which is in locomotion must arrive at […]

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Lunch with Richard Branson: What Would You Ask?

If you could have lunch with Sir Richard Branson, on his private paradise of Necker Island, what would you ask him? One of my clients, Dr. Peter Lilienthal, CEO of HOMER Energy, recently had that opportunity. Peter already knew the question he would ask, because we’d talked about it in advance. And it was fairly […]

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How does your business grow? How understanding plant life cycles can help you succeed at business

If you are thinking about creating a business (or have recently started or formed one), then you’ve certainly already made a list of all the things that you must accomplish in order to do this – at the very least in your head. Although the list is long, it doesn’t scare you off, because: You’re […]

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A real letter – simple and direct marketing trumps clever every time

I got a letter today. It was exciting. Before you start to wonder just what kind of life I live, let me explain. I grew up in a time when the US Post Office was not continually in bankruptcy. Letters were expressions of love and works of art. Now, neither of these two missives were […]

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It’s a 3-legged stool thing: Doing, Managing, and Building

How many of you started your business because you love to sell? Or because you love to do the bookkeeping and accounting for your company? Or create processes or manage employees? My guess is: not many! But all of these “other” responsibilities are vital to a successful small business and, if you are like most […]

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7 Great Books for Super-Early Startups (that you can get for free!)

When you’re thinking of starting a new venture, it’s always good to read up and immerse yourself in the new thoughts around it. But just which of the more than 10,000 business books published each year should you read?! I named this list “7 Great Books for Super-Early Startups” because I know about you – […]

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Are you an entrepreneur? Free tests to assess your entrepreneurial potential

The idea of owning your own business is exciting. Commercializing your product may well appear to be the road to riches. But do you have the personality to be an entrepreneur? The US Small Business Administration (SBA) lists the following traits found in successful entrepreneurs: Creative Inquisitive Driven Goal-oriented Independent Confident Calculated risk taker Committed […]

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