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George Deeb
Works at Red Rocket Ventures
Attended University of Michigan
Lives in Northfield, IL
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Customer Service Case Study:  BCBS Are Criminals!!
It is no surprise that most of us have been getting fleeced by our health insurance companies over the last decade, where rates keep rising at an annual clip of 15-20% a year (5-6x the rate of inflation) and the underlying benefits keep falling (e.g., higher deductibles, higher out of pocket ...
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Sales & Operations Must Be Tied at the Hip
A common mistake I see with clients is with their organizational structure, often running their businesses with separated departmental silos. As an example, which I will focus on this post, they think it is the sales department's job to sell accounts, and the operations department's job to ...
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For Startup Success, You Need Strategy and Execution
The right recipe for startup success requires an equal mix of: a good strategy or idea, powered by a experienced management team that knows how to execute the plan. If you typically have only one of the key ingredients, your startup won't succeed. And, in terms of ranking these two critical ...
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Lesson #224:  When to Take Off the Gloves With Competitors
Let's face it: every company needs to deal with competition. You compete on your product offering, your pricing, your customer benefits, etc. And, for the most part, relationships against competitors, follow some sort of decorum, as best as two competitors can. You usually speak to your ...
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[VIDEO]  George Deeb Talks Startup Marketing, Hot Chicago Startups & Coding in Schools with Tasty Trade
Red Rocket's George Deeb was recently interviewed by Tom Sosnoff and Tony Battista for Tasty Trade's "Bootstrapping in America" program. In this video, George talks about startup marketing, hot Chicago startups and the importance of getting coding into the school curriculum.
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Red Rocket's Best Startups of 2015
Red Rocket gets introduced to hundreds of startups each year, in the normal course of doing business, or via our involvement with FireStarter Fund, TechStars, Techweek, VentureShot, Founder Institute or other startup groups or events. We wanted to honor the best of these startups that we met in ...
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Lesson #225:  Potential Pitfalls With Mergers & Acquisitions
I have always been a fan of considering mergers & acquisitions as a viable way to more quickly scale your business. But, this road is not foolproof by any means. Below are some of things that can go wrong, so do your research and plan accordingly. WRONG POST-SALE TEAM ...
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It's Impossible to Maximize Growth and Profitability At the Same Time
It is mathematically impossible to try to maximize growth and profitability at exactly the same time. The math just doesn't work. The many companies trying to do both could benefit from a reality check. Consider the following. Read the rest of this post in Entrepreneur, which I guest authored ...
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Customer Service Case Study:  Avoid Disneyland at All Costs!!
The plaque at the entrance of Disneyland in California reads: "Here you leave today, and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy". The very core of the Disneyland brand has been to take you to that fun and magical place. Our recent family trip to Disneyland was anything but fun and ...
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Lesson #223: Ten Things You Need to Know When Responding to RFPs
If you are in the B2B space, odds are you will need to respond to Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from prospective customers throughout your normal course of business. The RFP process is typically filled with potential pitfalls along the way. This post will hopefully help you learn what those ...
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[VIDEO] George Deeb Teaches Startups How to Build Team & Advisors
Red Rocket's George Deeb recently presented a "How to Build Your Team & Advisors" session for the new class of startups at Founder Institute in Chicago. This video tackles the following topics: How do you find the right team to launch your company? How do you identify the right set of advisors?
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How to Evolve from Selling "Widgets" to Selling "Wisdom"
I've previously written about the 1024 different types of salespeople there are and the difference between selling simple products vs. ones that are much more complex and consultative in nature. I like to call this the difference between selling “widgets” vs. selling “wisdom.
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Startup consultant/digital executive
Employment
  • Red Rocket Ventures
    Managing Partner, 2010 - present
  • MediaRecall
    CEO, 2009 - 2010
  • iExplore
    Founder & CEO, 1999 - 2008
  • Credit Suisse First Boston
    Investment Banking-VP, 1991 - 1999
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Northfield, IL
Previously
Chicago, IL - New York, NY - Ann Arbor, MI - Grosse Pointe, MI
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Managing Partner at Red Rocket Ventures
Introduction
Digital consultant and growth advisor to over 400 companies.  Crains Tech 50.  Mentor at TechStars Chicago & Founder Institute.  Former CEO/CMO at iExplore and MediaRecall.  Author of widely read "101 Startup Lessons" online book.  Entrepreneurial contributor Forbes, Entrepreneur, Wall Street Journal, TNW, Startup Beat and more.
Bragging rights
Built in Chicago "Mentor of the Year" finalist. Founder and CEO of "Best Adventure Travel" website, iExplore. Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2001). Sold two venture backed companies to $1BN companies.
Education
  • University of Michigan
    Finance-BBA, 1987 - 1991
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