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Tim Berry
Works at Palo Alto Software
Attended Stanford Graduate School of Business
Lives in Eugene, OR
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My latest blog post ... and in the background, wow, I have to get organized ... one of these days. 
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The sheer magnitude is quite eye-opening. Thanks for the info!
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Nathan, hooray, so glad to read that. 
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I liked a blog post elsewhere quoting my son Paul ... riffed on it in my blog. I like the quote. 
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+Fran Tarkenton has it right about business and business planning here on +SmallBizClub  and that's what +LivePlan is about too. 
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Love it! Thanks for sharing this, +Tim Berry! 
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#Eugene  #Startups info session this Thursday for startups looking to apply to Willamette Angel Conference. Please pass it on. 
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There's something about Lucy and the potato chip that makes me think is a lot like we deal with business assumptions when they change. 
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Ha! I love it!
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Do you want a business plan writer? Read this. 
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Serial entrepreneur. Engaged in my own startups (below). Also blogging, speaking, writing, reviewing business plans.
Business planning, startups, financial projections, writing, speaking, spreadsheets, reality, and having a life.
  • Palo Alto Software
    Chairman and founder, 1987 - present
    World's leading business plan software since 1995, publisher of LivePlan the web app at and Business Plan Pro, Windows software. At
  • Free the Numbers
    Founder, present
    The unspreadsheet. Simple lists and numbers with no formulas, functions, or fuss. The rows and columns add up automatically, so you don't have to. At
  • Have Presence
    Co-founder, present
    Social media for business owners. Practical, strategic, goal-oriented, with business objectives and business results. Monthly ROI reports. At
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Eugene, OR
Palo Alto, CA - Mexico City, Mexico - Innsbruck, Austria - Los Altos, CA
Entrepreneur, blogger, ex-hippy, married 44 years, father of five, Stanford MBA, writer, founder of Palo Alto Software
Lately working on...
  • Free the Numbers, the unspreadsheet, simple lists and tables without programs, formulas, functions, or fuss. This is me giving back to people after several decades of me doing spreadsheets. 
  • Have Presence, thoughtful, strategy social media for business owners. You run your business, we run your social media. 
  •, where I have background and information on me speaking, teaching, writing, social media, etc.
  • And, of course, as I have for the last 25 years, I'm still focusing on business planning for Palo Alto Software, the company I started in 1987. 
  • And Palo Alto Software's latest product, LivePlan, is a web app for business planning and ongoing management. 
Bragging rights
I took Palo Alto Software from zero to $5 million+ in 5 years with no outside financing
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business
    MBA, 1979 - 1981
  • University of Oregon
    MA Journalism, with honors, 1974
  • University of Notre Dame
    BA Literature, magna cum laude, 1966 - 1970
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Do Customer Service People Really Want Autonomy?

Throw away the script; give your people more autonomy to identify and solve problems. — Shep Hyken (@Hyken) March 4, 2014 Not that long ago

Are you Running a LIFO Time Management Strategy? How Bad Is It?

Do you do what I do? I suspect a lot of us do. With me it’s not just what’s urgent or important, but also what’s on the screen, which window

Sometimes You Have to Scramble - SmallBizClub

Making sure you have a plan is important. But what's even more important is being ready to adjust and change your plan when you encounter re

Infographic: Does Big Business Control the World?

The infographic here reminds me of the 1970′s movie Rollerball, in which the world was controlled by seven corporations: food, energy, enter

Required Reading on Business Owners Making Critical Mistakes

For a good time take a look at the answers to this question on Quora: What are some classic examples of a founder letting his or her ego get

Peanuts by Charles Schulz, November 18, 1960 Via @GoComics

One of the many great comics you can read for free at! Follow us for giveaways & giggles.

How Do I Create a Plan And Stick To It?

Here are the two keys to creating an ongoing process that works.

My Worst-Ever Business Plan Engagement

It’s not for nothing that I always say a business plan has to be your plan and nobody else’s. It can’t be your consultant’s plan. You must k

No Let’s Not Have Meetings; Let’s Effing Do It

I love this quote: “I remember a great quote from Paul Berry, former CTO of the Huffington Post, which went something like ‘Lets have an ide

Persistence and the Art of Decision Not Making

Have you dealt with this in management? After serious discussion, consideration of pros and cons, you make a difficult strategic decision. S

Q&A: How Do I Get This Startup Financed?

I received this question over the weekend via my ask-me form on I modified it slightly to not include private information. It’

Body of Work is the Best Career Book Ever

Pam Slim’s new book Body of Work is out. You may already know of Pam as the author of New York Times bestseller Escape From Cubicle Nation.

This New Year’s Resolution is About Time

On this last working day of this year, staring 2011 in the face, I’m reminded: Time is the scarcest resource. Don’t waste it. In the 1987 Wa

How — and how not — to Find a Mentor

So you want a mentor to help you start or grow your business? Never ask somebody to be your mentor. Instead, ask a person who might be a men

Does Digital Saving Threaten Real Memory?

I once saw a man walking around the inside the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, taking it all in only through the very narrow view of his amat

Do You Want Your Daughter to be a Successfui Entrepreneur?

I stumbled on this question on Quora: How should I raise a 12-year-old girl to be a successful entrepreneur? I have four grown-up daughters.

Make Your Website Real-time For Free (Putting Social First, of Course)

Today Rebelmouse dropped the $9.99 monthly fee on using Rebelmouse to power your own website at your own domain. Here’s the announcement pos

5 Shark Tank Lessons Every Startup Should Understand

I’m a member of an angel investment group based where I live in Oregon. And I watch Shark Tank, the TV show, in which a select group of seas

Congratulations Twitter! Now We Need More

Twitter has garnered worldwide attention for its bad corporate governance practices and its inappropriate response to criticism. The company