Staying Alive

Your first job as an early stage startup founder is to get your first customer. Your second job is to stay alive so you can get the next one. Your first job as an early stage startup founder is to get your first customer. Your second job is to stay alive so you can get […]

Call Your Customers

The most important tool to finding product-market fit is in your hand right now and a lot of founders are too scared to use it. Pick up the phone and call your customers. It seems obvious, but every single time I suggest it to founders, they act like I just told them to remove their own […]

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How I Spent 2013 and Looking Forward to 2014

Here’s to another year. My 2013 was one of the busiest and most fulfilling of my life and 2014 is already promising new opportunities and experiences. I always like to take a look back before diving head first into the new, so here’s a roundup of what happened and the one resolution I’ll make for […]

Innovation Month startup crawl at Scoop.it

The Open Circles of Great Startup Communities

People like Brad Feld have done a lot of writing on startup communities and what makes strong entrepreneurial ecosystems unique. Some of it is tangible — great engineering schools (Stanford), tech success stories (Google/Apple/Facebook), access to angel/venture capital (pick one) — but there are other factors that are much less obvious. I’ve been to startup […]