Startups

Success Comes from Joy

Posted by on June 21, 2012 at 7:49 am

Some of the greatest things we all love and use today have been created, not by business masterminds, but rather by people who explored their creativity. Everything from computers, the Internet, to the Linux Operating System, and even the airplane – all invented by people who had a tremendous passion for something they loved. Rarely, […]

Wannabe Founders are Not Leaving the Nest

Posted by on February 3, 2012 at 8:00 am

Venture capitalists are eager to give their money away to a great startup idea. Yet, one of the chief complaints is a lack of great ideas. How can this be? You can take a stroll down Silicon Valley and the numerous startup hacker dojos and see top notch developers slicing and dicing away at what […]

Reduce stress with 3 operational modes

Posted by on November 11, 2011 at 5:38 am

A large part of stress is thinking about something that worries you for too long or in a repeated cyclic fashion. It can happen very naturally, as our minds can be free to wander at any given time in the day. Sometimes we let problems cycle in our minds uncontrollably. This starts the process of […]

Startup fallacy: Low Reward != Low Risk

Posted by on November 10, 2011 at 11:23 pm

You’ve heard it before. Things that tend to have higher risk exhibit higher reward, and lower risk exhibit lower reward. You’ve seen it in Las Vegas casinos. You’ve seen it in your 401k choices. You’ve seen it in adventures. And you’ve probably seen it in business. But there’s logical trap that snags a lot of […]

Starting a Cult

Posted by on November 3, 2011 at 5:04 pm

When marketing a product, your goal is to have customers love what you are selling so that they buy it. Sounds pretty obvious, right? The thing is, “love” isn’t a very concrete term. What makes someone become a fan of your product? The reality is that as emotionally wired human beings we don’t necessarily buy […]

Filling in the gaps

Posted by on November 1, 2011 at 11:16 pm

When starting a business, the founder will usually wear multiple hats. They may write the code, promote the product, deal with accounting and finance, and act as support and sales. There are few who are skilled at all of these things, and even fewer who have the time to deal with everything. But it is […]

Wrong Examples

Posted by on November 1, 2011 at 12:30 am

We often look for success by learning from those who have most of it. But the problem with this style of learning, is that you can too easily miss the elements that were actually a valid part of the success and focus on parts that were not. Many people use Steve Jobs as an example […]

Why I switched from Dreamhost VPS to Rackspace Cloud Servers

Posted by on August 24, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I started my site on dreamhost shared hosting, and it was the best. A ton of services, great support, easy to use. It was much better than any other shared hosting I’ve used. After my site grew, shared didn’t cut it anymore. So I ordered dreamhost VPS with high expectations. I noticed it was a […]

“Just Enough” Startup Management

Posted by on July 22, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I have a personal goal in mind which may sound dull: to create and run an internet startup that can take care of my survival. It’s not about becoming rich. It’s not as grandiose as being the next Facebook or Apple and I don’t think it should be. It’s easy to get caught up in […]

All startups are really single-founder

Posted by on July 21, 2011 at 11:43 pm

You can call the “other guy” your “co-founder” but the reality is that one person drives the car. You can’t have two people drive the car, because making any decision becomes a nightmare of negotiation. The reality is that responsibility ultimately funnels down to one person. It’s similar the world of legalese. You can hire […]