Notes on Entrepreneurship
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It becomes apparent moments into our mid-October meeting near New York’s Union Square that digital publishing entrepreneur Yaron Galai stares at his biggest critic in the mirror every morning. The guy is a voracious and eclectic reader with a serious “completionist” complex: when he picks up an issue of his favorite magazines Wired or The New Yorker , it is with the intent of reading it cover-to-cover. He browses perpetually for new articles and authors (asking me for my own recommendations), and is a huge fan of Instapaper, the app that lets you bookmark articles from anywhere for reading anywhere on the Web or an e-reader.
Distraction and diffuse efforts are killers, especially in nascent businesses. Trying to do too much sucks valuable resources from accomplishing the core mission, but is often viewed as being important for “keeping options open” or “controlling one’s destiny.”
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Napkin Think Force yourself to summarize your idea on the back of a cocktail napkin. Don’t submit your plan until you have this level of clarity.
Any seasoned investor knows that past performance is not indicative of future returns. That is as true with public stocks as it is with venture capital firms. But if someone were to ask you to rank the top VC firms today based on their probability of success, how would you do it? Remember, looking at past returns won’t help you.
A tech friend gives me shit about being a Jeff Bezos fanboy. I'm unabashedly a fan.
Tens of thousands of startups are founded every year.
N*&$!s get capped up and wrapped in plastic zipped up in bags when it happens, that’s it. —Dr.
If you look under the Self-Help heading on Amazon, you’ll find roughly 5,000 books listed under the sub-head Self-Esteem. The vast majority of these books aim to not only tell you why your self-esteem might be low, but to show you how to get your hands on some more of it.
90 Things I’ve Learned From Founding 4 Technology Companies On October 27, 2010 I wrote a blog post about the “ 57 Things I Learned Founding 3 Tech Companies .” It has been awesome, flattering, and humbling to see that post went viral and has been seen by so many thousands of people — mainly aspiring entrepreneurs — and has been translated into many languages.
If you are an entrepreneur who loves to create value from thin air… this article is for you. Last year on September 31st, 2011 I started a 6 month journey of mentoring with 88 entrepreneurs. We’ve been privately creating products out of thin air, and now it’s time to share the results.
The re-heating of the venture funded tech market has pushed a heat up of the hiring market, and I'm getting more calls from friends asking for help understanding startup stock (equity) offers. More than one friend has suggested writing the advice down, so here it is. If you're a founder or near-founder, your equity terms are likely defined by the funding terms negotiated with the investors.
Fred Wilson, managing partner at Union Square Ventures, is a preëminent figure in venture capital. He’s been at it for 25 years: his first big deal was an investment in the Web community GeoCities, which Yahoo bought for about $3 billion in 1999.
by Vineet Nayar | 6:00 AM August 20, 2012 When I was a kid, the children in our neighborhood would play in a nearby park every evening. Our undisputed leader was a boy barely a year older than I was, I think.
Bradford Shellhammer and Jason Goldberg realized it just wasn't working.