Tag: startup

Do Things that Don’t Scale

I really like this piece, it’s a longer read but Paul Graham is worth reading in my opinion. The general idea he talks about really outlines a number of factors that usually scare people about starting things. While he’s speaking specifically to startups, we can really extrapolate those feelings onto just about anything, even personal […]

Posted: November 13, 2013

Plan for it to take 2+ years

Overnight success is a misnomer for many companies in our industry. If we take a few minutes to look into them, however, we see that what looked to be a single night is really upwards of a decade. If there was really a method to quick success, we’d all have done it by now and […]

Posted: January 15, 2013

Entrepreneurship for the 99%

Entrepreneurship for the 99% « Steve Blank. I’ve been thinking about this so much lately, about how we’re all so focused on building the next huge startup that goes IPO and makes our tech life easier. Our pond is so small though. There’s so much else out there that our applications (through our Apps) can […]

Posted: June 07, 2012

Selling your company doesn’t make you happy

Like most entreprenuers, I believed I needed to sell a company for a pile of cash in order to be successful. I’m not sure why I felt like this. I believe it was related to reading about acquisitions in the news and blogosphere. You’d see a photo of a smiling entreprenuer and read about the […]

Posted: June 06, 2012

Avoiding Depression While Not Running a $1B Company

small dogs / big dogs : Avoiding Depression While Not Running a $1B Company. This is a great, realistic post that shines some light on how to avoid leading yourself down a trail of constant disappointment and steady depression. I’ve spoken a lot recently about how ‘success’ stories like Instagram can have you look at […]

Posted: May 25, 2012

All the oxygen trapped in a bubble

All the oxygen trapped in a bubble – (37signals). I talk with a few people about the VC process, the Valley and what goes on there and how I feel about it. I’m not too public with my opinions because they’re just that, I don’t have the educational background to make educated public statements on […]

Posted: May 25, 2012

Old Farts Know How to Code

Nick Bradbury: Old Farts Know How to Code. While I’m not enveloped in startup culture, a founding principle of ours when starting Iron to Iron was to not end up in that boat. The story of working ridiculous hours with a family at home was all too familiar and we didn’t want to let that […]

Posted: May 25, 2012

I’m tired of the opportunists and their hackathons

The Naive Optimist – I’m tired of the opportunists and their hackathons The ‘startup scene’ has absolutely proliferated my geographic area. I’ve got a bittersweet opinion on it which is nicely outlined in this article. Some of the events that roll through town feel so counterproductive for anybody but the ‘business leads’ trying to make […]

Posted: May 22, 2012

Designers are not a Panacea

{art.science} | Designers are not a panacea. This is a really interesting food for thought piece. Our community as of late has been engrossed with headlines about designers starting new companies, designers getting hired at other huge companies, and designers designing designs. On one hand it’s thrilling to see design getting the attention it deserves, […]

Posted: May 08, 2012

The “Me, Too” Startup Syndrome

Funtrepreneur – The “Me, Too” Startup Syndrome. It’s encouraging to read that I’m not one of the few with this point of view. While I don’t think the entirety of Silicon Valley, for example, is wrapped up and overcome with a ‘me too’ syndrome, you can’t help but notice the talk being around dollar amounts […]

Posted: May 04, 2012