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Startup Lessons. Learning the hard way. There is a lot of talk going on about the endurance and struggle that startup founders go through.

Startup Lessons. Learning the hard way.

How long the hours are, we all pull through and how we are constantly out of our comfort zone. We run startups – we are constantly at the border of our comfort zone. Aren’t we? No we are not. We are just better in lying - especially to ourselves I see founders… I see founders, super busy, super buzzed, some even close to burnout, working to their death… All of them super busy… …doing what they like most. All of them worried about stuff they are anyway best in.

I am super busy and I do uncomfortable things… How to Minimize Politics in Your Company. Who the f@#k you think you f$&kin’ withI’m the f%*kin’ boss—Rick Ross, Hustlin' Rick Ross - Hustlin' | Listen for free at In all my years in business, I have yet to hear someone say: “I love corporate politics.”

How to Minimize Politics in Your Company

On the other hand, I meet plenty of people who complain bitterly about corporate politics—sometimes even in the companies they run. So, if nobody loves politics, why all the politics? Political behavior almost always starts with the CEO. What do I mean by politics? How it happens A CEO creates politics by encouraging and sometimes incenting political behavior—often accidentally. The Right Way to Lay People Off. I'm trying to write my wrongs,But it's funny these same wrongs helped me write this song—Kanye West, Touch the Sky Kanye West - Touch The Sky | Listen for free at Shortly after we sold Opsware to Hewlett-Packard, I had a conversation with the legendary venture capitalist Doug Leone of Sequoia Capital.

The Right Way to Lay People Off

First-Time Startup Entrepreneurs: Stop Fucking Around. Editor’s note: Paul Stamatiou is Co-founder of Picplum, a Y Combinator-backed photo printing service, where he obsesses over both design and development.

First-Time Startup Entrepreneurs: Stop Fucking Around

He also co-founded Notifo (YC W10) and Skribit. Follow him on his blog,, and on Twitter: @Stammy. Reminisce with me for a bit. Do you remember the first time you got an Internet connection? Before your computer was always connected and when going online was a thing you had to plan. When I first visited California for my Yahoo! Why Diversity Is Bad For Startups. Editor’s note: The following is a guest post by Penelope Trunk, writer and founder of Brazen Careerist.

Why Diversity Is Bad For Startups

In a meeting last week one of our investors, fed up with a recent pivot, said, “Guys, this is not a science project.” Everyone in the meeting who actually works at the company said, “Yes, it is.” Because a startup is a science project. Founders flying solo: Jon Yongfook, John Fearon, and Douglas Gan chime in. Being a solo founder is no fun. Manage Your Tech Career. It may sound strange for the CEO of an investment management firm to say this, but managing your career well is much more important than managing your investments well.

Manage Your Tech Career

Good investment management – using low-cost ETFs and low-fee advice – can mean higher returns in your investment portfolio. Over time, that might add up a lot of money, maybe hundreds of thousands of dollars on larger portfolios. But the economic rewards that follow from good career decisions in the technology industry are potentially much larger. Today, Wealthfront is launching a Startup Compensation Tool to help our clients with that part of their financial lives: their careers.

The Tool offers data on the tech startup job market, including cash compensation and equity packages for a range of jobs, so that you can maximize the return on your career. Programming Your Culture. I do this for my cultureTo let them know what a n@#!

Programming Your Culture

A look like when a ni&%! A in a RoadsterShow them how to move in a room full of vulturesIndustry is shady, it needs to be taken overLabel owners hate me, I'm raising the status quo upI'm overcharging n$%^a for what they did to the Cold Crush—Jay-Z, Izzo (H.O.V.A.) JAY Z - Izzo (H.O.V.A.) | Listen for free at How Google's Marissa Mayer Prevents Burnout. UPDATE: Marissa Mayer was named chief executive officer of Yahoo Inc.

How Google's Marissa Mayer Prevents Burnout

July 16, 2012. Many entrepreneurs don't even think twice when it comes to working around the clock. Marissa Mayer, Google's 20th employee and current vice president of location and local services, is no exception. When Google was a young company, she worked 130 hours per week and often slept at her desk. "For my first five years at Google, I pulled an all-nighter every week," Mayer said in a recent talk at New York's 92Y cultural center. How to Know If You Talk Too Much. (3) Are top MBAs in fact looked down upon in Silicon Valley? If so, why. Beware of MBAs! The business school curriculum teaches how to suck at startups.