I help entrepreneurs build healthy organizations. Learn more: http://joaovsouza.com/

Is capitalism ruining our companies?

Image for post
Image for post

Everybody that starts a company does so because they want to make a living on that. They want to make money so they can pay for the things they want. To make a company grow, they will probably have to hire employees. They cannot do everything by themselves. And to hire employees, they will need to pay for them.

A typical picture in everybody’s heads is that the boss is supposed to be the person that makes most of the money in a company. We are used to seeing employees complaining about money when the boss is driving a fancy…


How to keep your team on your side

Image for post
Image for post

Have you ever wondered why some teams can get more work done than others?

It’s easy to see on a person’s face if she likes her work or not when she talks about it. Motivation is higher in professionals that like their work, and they can get much more work done because of that.

Focusing on my team’s motivation helped me create a profitable business. I had an amazing team of 13 people working from their homes and giving their best to my company because they liked to work with me.

Changing people’s behavior is hard. However, when you change…


And what I did to fix them

Image for post
Image for post

Have you ever follow a piece of advice from someone more experienced than you and regretted it later? How did you handle the situation?

If there were one hack to shortcut in your path to success, it would be to find mentors to learn from people who have already done what you are trying to do instead of trying to come up with every single solution yourself. However, some pieces of advice do more harm than good. As a less experienced entrepreneur, it makes sense to follow the voice of a more experienced one.

My first company developed games for…


Image for post
Image for post

How to avoid them and pursue your game development career

I’ve been working in the games industry for more than 13 years. I founded my own gaming company in 2012 and was able to make a living from it. There has never been an easier time to build games than right now. However, that doesn’t guarantee that you will succeed in the games industry.

I talked to many game developers throughout my entrepreneurial journey, and some mistakes were preventing them from making a living from games. Those mistakes repeatedly appeared for me, but they don’t have to happen to you.


Lessons from one of the three great Stoic philosophers

Image for post
Image for post

I may be the smartest person in the world, but if I don’t know how to deal with my negative emotions, I will be wasting most of my potential.

Emotional Intelligence is the ability to manage my own emotions and use them to my advantage. It also helps me to understand other people’s emotions, building healthy relationships, making conscious choices, and achieving a better quality of life. An emotionally intelligent person knows how to think, feel and act intelligently and consciously, without letting emotions control their lives and accumulate in a way to reproduce or create trauma and psychosomatic illnesses.


Does it have to be like this?

Image for post
Image for post

Elon Musk said in an interview that “Creating a company is a very difficult thing. It is like eating glass and staring into the abyss. You have to do lots of things you don’t like.

So why have a company and be a CEO?

And what exactly is a Chief EXECUTIVE Officer? What should you be doing?

When I founded a gaming company in 2012, I decided I would be the CEO. I didn’t know what it meant exactly, but I was ready to do anything to help my startup succeed.

I was able to create a profitable business and…


A fable about making hard calls

Image for post
Image for post

James never fired anyone in his entrepreneurial journey. His legs start to shake every time he thinks about the possibility of doing that. He is afraid of feeling guilty to have to let someone go. Being a CEO of a tech startup isn’t easy.

Cry Tech raised US$10 million in Series A funding. The tech startup obtained the resources to hire more people to improve their face recognition software.

James founded the company five years ago, and he is worried about not finding the right people to help him. He has goals for Series B funding in the future, and…


The Seven-Day Weekend

Image for post
Image for post

Do you know the feeling when you want to be productive but your body and mind aren’t helping you at all?

Today I am feeling like that. And that is ok. I am a human being, and I cannot be productive all the time.

It is Wednesday, and it is the middle of the afternoon right now, and I am considering stopping working today. Let’s call it a day. “But it is so early,” you may reply. Well, the good part of being an entrepreneur is that you can choose your work hours. I don’t need to work 8 hours…


7 steps that I used in my company

Image for post
Image for post

The year was 2016. From October 16th to December 25th, my company broke the weekly revenue record for ten weeks in a row. We went from $4,432.80 to $14,134.32 per week.

It was amazing to see the happy faces of every one of my team when I sent them our weekly report. In this report, I shared all our financial numbers.

Many traditional companies have posters on the office wall with written value statements (like honesty and innovation) that are often vague and ignored. Most people in those companies don’t know about these values or don’t understand why they exist…


The chicken or the egg causality dilemma

Image for post
Image for post

When you create a company, you are providing a service or creating a product. You may have found a market opportunity and want to make money out of it. There is nothing wrong with that. However, building a company isn’t an easy task.

Depending on the service or product that you choose, you will need multidisciplinary skills. For a person alone, it may be challenging to learn and be good at different functions. Also, there is no time in the clock to perform all the company’s necessary tasks by yourself. You need help from great professionals. …

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store