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Startups

Have you got a girlfriend? No, but I am married to my startup
Married to My Startup
– Have you got a girlfriend?– No, but I am married to my startup via Gaping Void Continue reading ➝ – ‘Married to My Startup’
You’re not going to know if this approach will work
You’re not going to know if this approach will work. You do know you can swim. Win. via Andy Swan . Continue reading ➝ – ‘You’re not going to know if this approach will work’
Fred Wilson: venture capital funds have gotten too big
I don’t think there’s too much money sitting around. I think there’s too much money in too few hands. So when six white guys in suits control two and a half billion dollars, that’s not a good thing. Instead of being allocated just to one firm, it would be better if that two and a […] Continue reading ➝ – ‘Fred Wilson: venture capital funds have gotten too big’
Peter Thiel: Where to Start?
The path from 0 to 1 might start with asking and answering three questions. First, what is valuable? Second, what can I do? And third, what is nobody else doing? The questions themselves are straightforward. Question one illustrates the difference between business and academia; in academia, the number one sin is plagiarism, not triviality. So […] Continue reading ➝ – ‘Peter Thiel: Where to Start?’
Find Something You Love To Do and Then Excel At It
Continue reading ➝ – ‘Find Something You Love To Do and Then Excel At It’
10 Hypotheses for Technology Investing
Roger McNamee’s 10 hypotheses: “Next” Web Architecture = Hypernet + Hyperweb Enterprises Adopting Consumer Technology  Index Search is Peaking Apple’s App Model Has Undermined Economics of HTML4 Web HTML5 is Game Changer for Publishers Tablets Are Hugely Disruptive First Wave of “Social Web” Is Over Smartphones in US: Apple + 7 Dwarfs Wireless Infrastructure Is a […] Continue reading ➝ – ‘10 Hypotheses for Technology Investing’
Goodbye, Steve.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. – Oscar Wilde Continue reading ➝ – ‘Goodbye, Steve.’
Entrepreneurs Will Create the Future
In this keynote address from the Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit, serial entrepreneur and LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman shares his views on the role of entrepreneurs in society and the impact they will play in the creating the future. Hoffman offers valuable rules of thumb for navigating the startup and entrepreneurial process, as well as answering questions […] Continue reading ➝ – ‘Entrepreneurs Will Create the Future’
Steve Blank on How Startups Can Take Advantage of a Bubble
Continue reading ➝ – ‘Steve Blank on How Startups Can Take Advantage of a Bubble’
The Silicon Valley Mindset
The atmosphere in Silicon Valley is unlike anything I’ve experienced elsewhere. People’s openness to risk is what has enabled countless of startups to fundamentally change people’s lives for the better. There’s a real sense of personal responsibility amongst entrepreneurs that drives them forward. I’ve also found some people are hesitant to get started because if […] Continue reading ➝ – ‘The Silicon Valley Mindset’
Kevin Spacey on What It Means to Be Successful
The only prize is what you feel and what you want to accomplish. Continue reading ➝ – ‘Kevin Spacey on What It Means to Be Successful’
Be Your Own Advocate
It was the day of my father’s surgery. As expected, we all were apprehensive, most of all, my father. With the pre-op procedures underway, the nurse prepared to administer the anestesia. Thankfully my father asked which medication they were planning on using. You see, my father was what I call an active participant in life. […] Continue reading ➝ – ‘Be Your Own Advocate’
The Startup Ethos
If by Rudyard Kipling If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too: If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don’t deal […] Continue reading ➝ – ‘The Startup Ethos’
In a Startup: It’s About The People
Since founding Reputely, I’ve thought about my own personal values and motivations for doing a startup and what I’d like to see the culture of Reputely evolve into one day. What people often don’t realize is that the single hardest part of any startup is: people. This presents itself in a number of different ways, […] Continue reading ➝ – ‘In a Startup: It’s About The People’
Chris Sacca Helps Founders Cash Out Shares Early
“You hear people in the Valley always say ‘I want my entrepreneurs to be hungry.” I agree with that, but think there’s a difference between being panicked and being hungry. And I think too often founders find themselves with negative net worth, credit card bills, etc and they get freaked out.” Continue reading ➝ – ‘Chris Sacca Helps Founders Cash Out Shares Early’
How I Launched My MVP: Reputely
Background My mother recently passed away. I never would’ve expected to be 20 years old and have my only living relative be my 95 year old grandmother who suffers from Alzheimer’s. But, I’ll save my life story for another post. With any transformative event, there’s an ending, followed by neutrality, and then a beginning. During […] Continue reading ➝ – ‘How I Launched My MVP: Reputely’
Jeff Bezos: We Are What We Choose
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How to Actually Get Hired
Derek Sivers posted his thoughts and advice today on how to get hired. If you haven’t had a chance, take a minute to read his post. Sivers definitely provides some good advice, but there’s a few things here and there that would benefit from some clarification. To briefly sum up his advice: Choose one company […] Continue reading ➝ – ‘How to Actually Get Hired’
Success
9 Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs
Here’s what I don’t understand: almost everyone wants to be successful but most simply aren’t willing to do the necessary work. The secret of success isn’t even a secret anymore but still almost no one gets it; it’s as if there is a pile of cash sitting and waiting for you to touch; but for […] Continue reading ➝ – ‘9 Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs’
7 Ways to Make Your Customers Swoon Over You
Startups can turn out to be spectacularly successful, so long as, potential pain points are addressed. What are some key pain points of a startup? Your product isn’t up to par. Your marketing might not be compelling enough. You look at customer service as something that is outsourceable. There’s obviously many more, but the common […] Continue reading ➝ – ‘7 Ways to Make Your Customers Swoon Over You’
The Biggest Successes Are Often Bred From Failures
The following is a video and transcript of a talk Randy Komisar, KPCB partner, gave at Stanford University back in 2004. I highly recommend that anyone interested in entrepreneurship reads his book, The Monk and the Riddle: The Education of a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur. I always tell people that what distinguishes Silicon Valley is not […] Continue reading ➝ – ‘The Biggest Successes Are Often Bred From Failures’
On Ageism
“Sequoia focuses on younger entrepreneurs because people over 30 aren’t innovative.” – Douglas Leone, General Partner at Sequoia Capital Innovation in technology has rapidly lowered the barrier of entry to doing a web startup. In the past, one would need to raise a multimillion dollar Series A round just to get a working prototype. Today […] Continue reading ➝ – ‘On Ageism’
The Future of Social
[Facebook.com is] an info aggregator with a great photos app. —Mike Vernal, Platform Engineering Head Facebook is the next Google. There, I said it. The recent comparison of Facebook to Twitter or Myspace is rather shortsighted. Today Facebook is a social-network. Tomorrow? Facebook would be content with shutting down Facebook.com. Why? Because Facebook will be interconnected with the entire web. Rather than relying on users visiting Facebook.com […] Continue reading ➝ – ‘The Future of Social’
A Look Into New Media Business Models
I was in a board meeting last week and one of the company founders made a very interesting assertion about the difference between old media and new media. He asserted that old media is about how much money you can charge each viewer. New media is about how many viewers you can get. via avc.com […] Continue reading ➝ – ‘A Look Into New Media Business Models’
Where have all the H-1B Applications gone?
Most of you will think that the title is an attempt at fear mongering with regards to outsourcing. It’s not at all. Rather, I’d like to bring to everyone’s attention yet another example of how our economy is suffering. Applications for the H-1B visa, the non-immigrant visa that so many tech companies rely on to […] Continue reading ➝ – ‘Where have all the H-1B Applications gone?’