Some good discussion in this thread at Hacker News about how to evaluate people with a business skillset if you've got technical skills already.
I reckon "a knack for getting money" is probably the most key thing to look for in a businessperson. Some people have a knack for getting money.
All the business skills in the world without the knack for getting money doesn't fly. Well, maybe for employee #7,632 once a company's made it. But not for starting something up. You need to hustle and get money of some form real fast early on. A business guy who can't get money is probably worse than useless - if he wasn't on board, you'd be worried about solving the money problem yourself. But since he's supposedly the business guy and seems to be doing business guy stuff, you think things are cool. But things aren't cool. Go long enough without money, you die.
So, where do you get a knack for getting money? We're not born with it. It's acquired through action somehow. What's it take?
On Where Pianos Roam
A new thing I'll be doing this year will be promotional videos for shows and upcoming events. Video and video editing is something I've wanted to take on for quite a while, and so, I am making baby steps toward that end.
This past weekend I unveiled a little Promo video for my show this coming Sunday at the Exit/In in Nashville. Many folks have never actually seen me perform live even though they may already have some of my songs. So then, of course, my goal was simple: to give people a taste what they might expect when they see me perform.
I decided to play a song called "Arabesque". It's probably the most classically-influenced piece I've written. It's a challenge to play but a ton of fun.
Heavy on the arpeggios and calling on my love for Russian and Baroque-style classical music, it's a fanciful little tune about a father expressing his pride over watching his son dance ballet and ultimately fulfill a life-long dream . . .