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European entrepreneurs: Les misérables. The San Francisco Safety Net. At Mozilla and OSAF I worked on ancillary projects, projects that fed in to the development of the main product without being part of the main product itself. The most frustrating part for me was that while both the main product and my ancillary projects are open source they were hugely different in their needs and community. The main project is well funded, there are many people paid to work on it, and this injects continual investment in to that project, while my ancillary project is usually just me and in order to attract contributors I needed to understand how momentum works in community driven projects outside the walls of my employer. This made me more attentive to other projects, to what drives momentum and what discourages it.

How do you grow a project and what are the limitations? The earliest months of a project are the most important. Negativity comes in two flavors, internal and external. Every platform comes with a set of established patterns for compatibility. Believers vs non-believers. "I’d shut down Apple" - Michael Dell, 1997. That line is from one of the most memorable quotes ever. Today Michael Dell said it was a misunderstood quote. Maybe, but my gut says it wasn’t. Why clarify it 14 years later. It doesn’t make any sense to me. Here’s the way I look at it. You have believers and non-believers. Believers will do whatever they can to make it work. If you want to make Apple great again, let’s get going. On the other hand, non-believers can’t imagine anything working. They see the downside. Startups exist in a world dominated by non-believers. I’m very happy to be working with founders to try the impossible. The odds and stats tell us that most startups won’t work out.

But we are believers. And that’s what gets me up every morning. 'I Loved What I Did' It’s tolerably well known that newspapers and magazines bank the obituaries of the ailing famous. When Steve Jobs died last Wednesday, the encomia appeared with unsurprising haste. But I had nothing prepared. Ever since Jobs announced in 2004 that he had had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his pancreas, editors had urged me to get something down. (Only last week, an editor at Technology Review proposed that I might review Jobs’s life as if it were a book or a tablet computer.) But I always demurred. It seemed ghoulish. I had grown to love him even though our relationship (such as it was) had always been chilly. Steve Jobs was the first person I interviewed in Silicon Valley. Well, he had a point, although I couldn’t hear it at the time. But like millions on the planet, I felt I knew Jobs much better than I did. But, mostly, I loved Steve Jobs because of the products he created and the method by which he worked.

How did he do it?


Want to learn to code? Start here. | Zack Shapiro. Last September, I wrote a post called Want to learn Rails? Start here. which has been pretty successful. I’ve met and emailed a good amount of people who have follow up questions or are in the middle of learning how to build things with software. I’ve referred a bunch of people to the post as well. I’m proud that the post is actionable and helpful. Since I wrote that post a while ago and developed my engineering skills much, much further. This post is intended for working professionals who feels a strong desire to code to build things that they want to see exist in the world. 1) Nights, weekends are bad Given my personal experiences and a slew of conversations, I’ve found that learning how to code only on nights and weekends is a terrible way to go about it. This point of view is reinforced by programs like Dev Bootcamp which not only require a full nine weeks of your life but also make you pay tuition to attend (which is not a small sum). 2) Forget Codecademy “I’m learning how to code!

Ferrari vs. xxx? No, I won’t be your technical co-founder | Martin Grüner's blog. FollowBlog No, I won’t be your technical co-founder Hackers are becoming more and more like VCs, they often have to say “no”. Last summer, just before the 500 demo day I attended an event which required me to fill in “company” on name tag. As I was there just to help out Zerply for less than 2 months I didn’t feel adequate enough use their name. I didn’t bother to write my consulting companies either as obviously it wouldn’t have said anything. Every week I get approached by someone with a “game changing” idea.

I don’t know you Startups and babies have one thing in common; you don’t do them with someone you just met. There are thousands of issues that can ruin the relationship between startup founders, many of which can be foreseen. I’m not passionate about the subject Passion is the fuel that powers startups, it helps get through tough times and get things done. You expect me to invest at least 60 000€ It’s reasonable to for MVP to take 6 months. You’re are easily replaceable Comments. Don’t waste your time in crappy startup jobs. « Michael O.Church. What I’m about to say is true now, as of July 2012. It wasn’t necessarily true 15 years ago, and it may not be true next year. Right now, for most people, it’s utterly correct– enough that I feel compelled to say it.

The current VC-funded startup scene, which I’ve affectionately started calling “VC-istan”, is– not to be soft with it– a total waste of time for most of the people involved. Startups. For all the glamour and “sexiness” associated with the concept, the truth is that startups are no more and no less than what they sound like: new, growing businesses. There are a variety of good and bad reasons to join or start businesses, but for most of human history, it wasn’t viewed as a “sexy” process. Getting incorporated, setting up a payroll system, and hiring accountants are just not inspiring duties for most people.

Now, the reverse seems to be true. For all this, I don’t intend to argue that people shouldn’t join startups. 1. There are exceptions. 2. 3. Frankly put, being a J.A.P. Why I Left Google. ‘It takes courage to grow up and be who you really are.’ — e.e. cummings About 6 months ago, I decided to quit my very good job at Google to explore a different way to live life. I had a loose plan of how I wanted to spend my time, but the main reason I left was that I couldn’t stay. I couldn’t put it into words at the time, but something inside of me was telling me I shouldn’t continue down the career path I was on. I felt strongly that it wasn’t getting me closer to where I wanted to be, though that destination was largely unknown, and I had to get off that road.

Each month I stayed, I grew more anxious and, in turn, resentful. I could wait until I knew exactly which exit I was supposed to take, but I knew it would be harder to turn around as time went on, and what if I never knew which exit was right? The only thing of which I was certain was that no one was going to tell me how to get there; not my manager, not my co workers, not my friends, not my parents. (1) Persistence: Who is the most persistent person who has ever lived. Ideas have a 2 week shelf life | Steve Corona. I have a new rule that I’m making for myself and holding others to.

If you haven’t worked on something in the past two weeks, you’re not allowed to talk about it. Idea rot I’m guilty. But not as much, anymore. My ideas would just sit for months. And I’m not the only one guilty of wasting ideas. When all you do is talk, you forget the most critical step- making. How to bring an idea to life today Block off a chunk of time. 6 is good, 12 is better. This is seriously the hardest part, even though it seems like the easiest. No one sees me on Sundays because I cut myself off from the world and spend the entire day creating.

Outline. I learned this technique while writing a book, but it works for everything. The time limit is key. This is a NO GOOGLING zone. When you’re creating, Google is off limits, unless you’re looking up how to do something very specific that you’re working on right now. I like to write down anything that distracts me- google searches, random thoughts, new ideas, whatever.

Thumbs Up for Rock and Roll! Kid President. The Top Idea in Your Mind. July 2010 I realized recently that what one thinks about in the shower in the morning is more important than I'd thought. I knew it was a good time to have ideas. Now I'd go further: now I'd say it's hard to do a really good job on anything you don't think about in the shower. Everyone who's worked on difficult problems is probably familiar with the phenomenon of working hard to figure something out, failing, and then suddenly seeing the answer a bit later while doing something else. I think most people have one top idea in their mind at any given time. What made this clear to me was having an idea I didn't want as the top one in my mind for two long stretches. I'd noticed startups got way less done when they started raising money, but it was not till we ourselves raised money that I understood why.

I'd hated raising money when I was running Viaweb, but I'd forgotten why I hated it so much. (I hear similar complaints from friends who are professors. Even Newton fell into this trap. Notes. I Quit My Job Today - The Confused College Graduate - Quora. *Originally posted on July 30th, 2013 on my blog at Blog I quit my job today. Many people have said it is a bad idea to quit with nothing definitely lined up. And you know what? Maybe it was.Don’t get me wrong - everything about the job (including the company and my coworkers) was great - except for the ACTUAL work that I had to do - nothing wrong with it - it just wasn’t for me.

We’re told our whole fucking lives to jump through all of these various hoops. Then, in college - we’re told to get good grades, work hard, meet a ton of people, and get internships in our relevant field. Don’t get me wrong, you should do these things, and college is absolutely fantastic - but it’s not so linear to assume “if you just do this, man, you’ll fucking be living a dream.” On Facebook, you see people regularly beaming with excitement about internships they’ve landed, big interviews they have, etc. Fuck no. You get free time at night? As far as salary, it’s cool having money now, right!? Steve Jobs: “Death Is The Destination We All Share” We’re going to go into whatever the blog equivalent of a moment of silence is here, because many of us are still staring at our computers shocked by the sad news of Steve Jobs’ death. In lieu of keeping up with the tech news churn and/or returning to the hamster wheel of funding posts immediately, we’re going to take a little time to honor Steve.

In the meantime, I’ll let one of the most inspiring men our industry has known (if not the most inspiring) speak for himself, in his own words — about life, death and the love of technology. This speech, from a widely regarded Commencement address Jobs gave to Stanford students in 2005, never gets old, no matter how many times you watch it. I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. It started before I was born. Stay Hungry. The Struggle. Don't admit that your faith is weakDon't say that you feel like dyingLife's hard then it feels like diamondsYour home's just far too goneMuch too late to even feel like tryingCan't understand what I'm sayingCan't figure out what I'm implyingIf you feel you don't wanna be aliveYou feel just how I am— Lupe Fiasco, Beautiful Lasers Every entrepreneur starts her company with a clear vision for success.

You will create an amazing environment and hire the smartest people to join you. Together you will build a beautiful product that delights customers and makes the world just a little bit better. It’s going to be absolutely awesome. Then, after working night and day to make your vision reality, you wake up to find that things did not go as planned. About The Struggle Life is struggle. The Struggle is when you wonder why you started the company in the first place.

The Struggle is when people ask you why you don’t quit and you don’t know the answer. The Struggle is when food loses its taste. The end. When Things Don't Work Out. I have said many times that early stage VC is a lot like baseball, if you get a hit one out of every three times, you are headed to the hall of fame. And if I look back over my career, and also over the track records of the firms and funds I have helped manage, that is pretty much the hit rate I have seen. By "hit" I mean an investment that returns 5x or better. But of course, many of these hits return 10x or even 100x every once in a while. So what happens with the other two-thirds? Well that is the part of the startup world that we don't talk too much about. So what happens when things don't work out? The first is the "slog it out" scenario. In the "slog it out" sceanrio, the VCs are often left holding the bag.

The second scenario is "hit the wall". There are two interesting things here that I always think about. Education: What's the most powerful/inspirational quote you've ever heard. Can-Do vs. Can’t-Do Culture. “God, body and mind, food for the soul When you feeding on hate, you empty, my n! *$a, it shows.” — Rick Ross “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” — George Bernard Shaw Lately, it has become in vogue to write articles, comments and tweets about everything that’s wrong with young technology companies.

Hardly a day goes by where I don’t find something in my Twitter feed crowing about how a startup that has hit a bump in the road is “fu&%@d,” or what an “as*h%le” a successful founder is, or what an utterly idiotic idea somebody’s company is. It seems like there is a movement to replace today’s startup culture of hope and curiosity with one of smug superiority. Why does this matter?

The word technology means “a better way of doing things.” At some level, it would seem logically impossible that anybody could ever improve anything. The Computer The Telephone.