In startups, we wear failure like a badge of honor. It represents a swing of the bat that ultimately didn’t work out, but where lessons were learned. Lessons that make you stronger, shape your thinking and your next thing. Unfortunately, “lessons were learned” is a big assumption. Lessons are often not learned. Arrogance gets in … [Read more…]
There’s a good quote from Jim Rohn that goes, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” I think that’s pretty accurate. And I think it can apply to companies and startups as well, with just a slight adjustment: “Your company is the average of the five companies … [Read more…]
The idea of Patrons is to create a super easy way for fans to support their favorite artists (with money!). The idea is actually pretty dear to me. I spent about 6 weeks working through the concept, doing customer development, and building a Facebook app. I planned on pursuing the idea for real, but decided … [Read more…]
I remember having the “a-ha moment” when my perspective of Glider/Superbly went from “three guys making a thing” to “a company that will continue on, with or without me”. It’s a simple idea, but it had a profound impact on my perspective. It suddenly became high-priority to document our company knowledge, processes, understanding, culture, … [Read more…]
I’ve been thinking a lot about how information gets distributed in emergency situations. In the United States we have the Emergency Alert System, which you’ve probably seen on TV: The thing is, the EAS is centered around TV and radio broadcasts. In the age of DVRs, Netflix, iPods, etc, how does emergency information reach people … [Read more…]
You know that feeling you get when you’re struck with a new idea? Adrenaline surges, your mind races through the possibilities, your fingers begin creating mindmaps as quickly as they can. Ok, maybe that last part is just me. Anyway. I get that feeling a lot. It’s addicting. But executing ideas is the hard part. … [Read more…]
On Thursday, Noah Kagan put out the Geek Bat Signal to crowd-source the optimization of the AppSumo page. Being a guy who fancies a challenge and likes to help out other startup folks, I put in some thinking and mocked up my ideas. I thought I’d share the results here on my blog as well. … [Read more…]
via thisweekinstartups.com I really dig the candidness of Jason Calacanis. He says exactly what he means and doesn’t apologize for it. Great entrepreneur, great story.
via mixergy.com This is pretty much a must-watch for startup folks.