Should Startups Work on Global Problems? Is the Pope Catholic?

Pope Francis drives an old Ford Focus. He wears cheap orthopedic shoes. He took the bulletproof glass off the famous popemobile, saying it was better to be close to the people and take his chances. He never moved into the official Papal quarters in the Vatican and instead lives in a small apartment. The pontiff, […]

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Five Skills for Feasibility

Five Skills for Feasibility

I taught the Feasibility Analysis class at USC for three semesters and this semester am taking a break from it. Instead, I’ll focus on my new growth hacking class and running the USC Incubator. So it was with some surprise that a colleague asked me to speak to his graduate class on feasibility analysis. It […]

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A college level class in growth hacking?

In a few days I’m teaching the first class in Growth Hacking at USC. I created this class because no matter what you feel about the “Growth Hacker” term, I find the role to be sought after by graduating students and the skill set to be appreciated by businesses. As far as I know, this is the […]

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The Disposable Startup

I wrote this post a while ago, but am posting it here for the first time. The Disposable Startup.

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Hey Hong Kong Startups — You Know That List? It Doesn’t Matter

Two years ago today I said goodbye to friends and colleagues, got on a plane and left Hong Kong. I had spent just a year in Hong Kong focused on working with the growing number of startups there by running AcceleratorHK and an earlier program called Startup Bootcamp. When I gave a farewell talk at […]

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Investment Thesis for a University Incubator

Recently I was hired by USC, specifically USC’s Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Marshall School of Business, to build a USC Incubator program, open to any USC student or alum. As I started to survey needs of potential participants, I wrote an investment thesis. You might ask why have an investment thesis for a university program […]

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USC Incubator Description

Working with early-stage founders has been my focus for the past three years. After running a startup in New York, I started holding a roundtable series that grew into a bootcamp and then a funded accelerator program in Hong Kong. I’ve advised or had as clients that are startups from early-stage revenue to millions of […]

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Judging the Judges

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Startup Sacrilege for the Underdog Entrepreneur

 I’m now 80% done with the book  I’ve been writing on startups outside of the mainstream. Thanks to those of you who have offered to read and help me improve it. Update July 2016 – I made a PDF of the book available for free download here: “Startup Sacrilege“. What do you think of the cover […]

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Rolling Up Hills or Climbing Up Steps

Sometimes startups think of progress as rolling up a hill. You start off with almost nothing: a first iteration with no users and of maybe questionable value. But you believe that you’re able to roll up that hill to grow. Sometimes, depending on what you are building, rolling up a hill cannot work. The hill, […]

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