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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What do the fashion execs at Apple mean for wearable tech?

What do the fashion execs at Apple mean for wearable tech?

In the last year, Apple has poached two high-profile fashion execs. Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve back in July and this week, Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts. Ahrendts was instrumental in increasing Burberry’s retail footprint and is joining Apple to head up retail operations. One is an anomaly, but a matching set begs the question: […]

Getting a Piece: Brands and the Sharing Economy

Getting a Piece: Brands and the Sharing Economy

I was at an event a few weeks ago where General Motors debuted the new Cadillac ELR — a plug-in electric coupe done with all the luxury you would expect in a Cadillac. Lovely car. More efficient than traditional gas-powered cars. Enough on-board gadgetry and personalization settings to keep a smartphone addict consumed. The truth […]

freespace

farewell, [freespace].

This weekend marked the final days of [freespace] — the community of hackers, thinkers, and doers who came together in a Mid-Market building and created a space for civic innovation. Like everyone else who spent any time in the community, I’m a little bit sad to see it go. If you walked into [freespace] on […]