Like a lot of entrepreneurs, I idolize Brad Feld. What’s not to like? He lives in a beautiful place, he contributes generously, Hawaiian shirts- unbuttoned three down, successful as a founder and a VC, respected by respectable people, he seems honest and grounded with just the right amount of DGAF. He also seems to laugh […]Read more →
Having recently done a round of investor conversations post techstars, I wasn’t surprised at most of the questions asked, but I was surprised by the questions that weren’t asked. The questions that were not surprising were questions of distribution and revenue, financial models, growth of monthly recurring revenue and burn rate. Our answers with these […]Read more →
There are lots of words entrepreneurs use to describe what I’m calling “voice”: culture, values, brand, vision, just to name a few. There are lots of bits of process intended to help a group of people imbue a company with voice: creative briefs, mission statements, brand bibles, design guides, just to name a few. The […]Read more →
We had over a million in revenue when the possibility of joining the inaugural NYC TechStars class came up. I was interested – what CEO isn’t interested in “accelerating” – but I was also skeptical. We’d bootstrapped to success. I was not convinced raising money was the right thing for us to do. This was […]Read more →
Fear comes from uncertainty. A known oncoming pain: “I’m going to run 5 miles and my legs are going to hurt,” is not scary. “I may get hit by a car,” is scary. ”I’m going to go for this contract and I don’t know what is going to happen,” is scary. ”I don’t know if […]Read more →
A captive fish will grow to a size proportional to the size of the fish tank, and no more.
The constraints of my vision limit the size of my growth. Of my business’s growth. The edges of my fish tank are fake- saran wrap thin – just gelled habits, identity, and insecurity.Read more →
one thirty-six a.m.
I laugh sometimes when I think about
Céline at a typewriter
ordinary men with feet, ears, eyes,
ordinary men with hair on their heads
sitting there typing words
while having difficulties with life
while being puzzled almost to madness.