Monthly Archives: October 2010

Startup community: It takes a core group of leaders.. to commit to provide leadership over at least 20 years

I’ve lived in Boulder for 15 years after living in Boston for a dozen. While I’ve spent a lot of time in Silicon Valley — both as an angel and venture capital investor — I’ve never lived there. While the … Continue reading

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Anything which needs agreement will eventually fail at scale

I’ve been looking at what on earth is going on at Amazon – actually a massively large organization these days, with so much software that has to scale so radically that they simply could not adopt ANY conventional wisdom. They … Continue reading

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Make it a better netbook, instead of just taking features out and jacking up the price.

3. If I’m seriously expected to think of this as a netbook, I really resent that it costs almost $1000 more than the last netbook I bought.   3a. That netbook cost a lot less, but did a lot more. … Continue reading

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Startup Hiring: Why You Should Date Before Getting Married

Most entrepreneurs, when asked, will tell you that hiring the “right people” is one of the most important things they do for their companies.  However, what many entrepreneurs won’t tell you is that despite their best efforts, they suck at … Continue reading

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Once upon a time, 4 yrs ago. 2 linux box, 1 wifi router, 1 windows laptop, & a red PLDT telephone. All you need to build that next big thing.

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Why I sold my company? To have the freedom to work on any project i want for the rest of my life.

As of December 2007, I have the freedom to work on any project I want for the rest of my life while simultaneously providing for my family, never again worrying about bills, debt, having a place to sleep, or sending … Continue reading

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Find yourself a “sherpa.”

16. Find yourself a “sherpa.”  This is someone who has done it before — raised money, done deals, worked with startups.  Give this person 1 to 2% of your company in exchange for their time.  Rely on them to open … Continue reading

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