You’ve either started a company or you haven’t. ”Started” doesn’t mean joining as an early employee, or investing or advising or helping out. It means starting with no money, no help, no one who believes in you (except perhaps your closest friends and family), and building an organization from a borrowed cubicle with credit card debt and nowhere to sleep except the office. It almost invariably means being dismissed by arrogant investors who show up a half hour late, totally unprepared and then instead of saying “no” give you non-committal rejections like “we invest at later stage companies.” It means looking prospective employees in the eyes and convincing them to leave safe jobs, quit everything and throw their lot in with you. It means having pundits in the press and blogs who’ve never built anything criticize you and armchair quarterback your every mistake. There are two kinds of people in the world
The Power of Negative Thinking The holiday season poses a psychological conundrum. Its defining sentiment, of course, is joy—yet the strenuous effort to be joyous seems to make many of us miserable. It's hard to be happy in overcrowded airport lounges or while you're trying to stay civil for days on end with relatives who stretch your patience. So to cope with the holidays, magazines and others are advising us to "think positive"—the same advice, in other words, that Norman Vincent Peale, author of "The Power of Positive Thinking,"...
“If it disagrees with experiment, it is wrong!” roars Richard Feynman in a video recently dusted off by NPR. The clip, on the foundations of science, is only 63 seconds — but its power is clear. Feynman’s lesson is quietly anti-authoritarian, and it should be near the heart of anyone interested in radical social entrepreneurship. When it comes to finding new truths in science, “it doesn’t make a difference how beautiful your guess is. Physicist Richard Feynman’s science lesson for entrepreneurs: Challenge authority. | Radical Social Entrepreneurs
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Work harder on yourself than you do on your startup "Work harder on yourself than you do on your job." - Jim Rohn A long time ago, I came across the amazing quote above, which was said often by Jim Rohn. It stook in my mind, and as the years have gone on, I feel I’ve increasingly started to learn the true meaning of it.
The Top 50 Startups Blogs to Watch in 2012 - Entrepreneur Blog 1) TechCrunch http://techcrunch.com/startups/ - TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news. Richard Macmanus, Founder of ReadWriteWeb
Experimentation is to a startup as a task list is to a job Founder Friday is a weekly guest post written by a founder who is based in or hails from the Silicon Prairie. Each month, a topic relevant to startups is presented and founders share lessons learned or best practices utilized on that topic. May's topic is leaving a full-time job to pursue a startup. About the author: Wade Foster is a co-founder of Zapier.
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Paul Graham (PG) is one of the most prominent figures in Silicon Valley's entrepreneurial community, and his reputation is well-deserved. He's an honest leader, a talented computer scientist, and has an uncanny passion for entrepreneurship. Most importantly, he’s an entrepreneur himself. 5 Things I Learned About Entrepreneurship From Y Combinator's Paul Graham
October 2007 (This essay is derived from a keynote at FOWA in October 2007.) There's something interesting happening right now. Startups are undergoing the same transformation that technology does when it becomes cheaper. It's a pattern we see over and over in technology. The Future of Web Startups
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People love to talk about whether there is a peak age for entrepreneurship. Who wins, the 20-something just out of college with unlimited energy, no family or other obligations, who’s too naïve to know what he can’t do and isn’t afraid to break the rules? Or the seasoned veteran who’s already made his rookie mistakes, who brings experience, patience, wisdom, and maturity? For investors, this is probably a fascinating topic. They see lots of pitches and have to use “pattern recognition” to decide whom to fund. Maybe age should play a role in their decisions (maybe not). Peak age for entrepreneurship: who cares?
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Editor’s note: Adam Rodnitzky is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Favo.rs. He programmed his first startup using ColdFusion in 1999. Rodnitzky is based in San Francisco, and you can follow him on Twitter @rodtwitzky. In The Future, The Business Founder Will Not Be Ignored
These are the only things you need to do to be successful*. You can get away with just doing one of the two, but that's rare, and usually someone else is doing the other part for you. If you you don't have any marketable skills, learn some. Do Things, Tell People.
How Three Germans Are Cloning the Web A purple rooster sculpture made from recycled grape Fanta bottle labels. Clocks designed to hang in corners. Bauhaus posters from the 1920s. Hand-painted vintage typewriters. These are some of the carefully curated objects for sale on Fab.com, the fast-growing flash-deal site for designer goods. Launched out of a loft in New York City’s Garment District last June, Fab had sales of $20 million in its first six months and is on track to earn $100 million in 2012.
Gotta hand it to Microsoft, they’re taking this documentary stuff seriously. I just finished a full-length sneak preview of the company’s new film. Yes, an honest-to-goodness Microsoft fim, called Ctrl+Alt+Compete. (We first told you about it in September.) It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the startup world, making its world premiere at the Napa Valley Film Festival on Friday. Microsoft’s new documentary about startups is brutally honest about Microsoft
Christian Renaud encouraged Summit attendees to be proud of the Midwest startup style in his morning keynote. Christian Renaud, a co-founder of the technology startup incubator StartupCity Des Moines, focused on the idea of the Silicon Prairie ecosystem in kicking off the sixth annual Nebraska Summit on Entrepreneurship on Friday. “You not only own your own future, your own entrepreneurial endeavors," Renaud said during the morning keynote at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in La Vista, "but as part of this ecosystem, part of the Silicon Prairie ecosystem, you own the development of that as well.” Renaud emphasized four points in his discussion of the Midwest startup style: "We are very pragmatic as Midwesterners," Renaud said, "and something that we do very well is face reality.” He said the reality we must face as entrepreneurs in the Midwest is that, in order to make our entrepreneurial ecosystem thrive, we must work together as a region. 'Go build it,' Renaud tells Summit crowd in ecosystem-focused address
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