Can You Do An MVP For Your Life?

I had to come to Hong Kong to go to my first Barcamp. The timing was perfect — I arrived less than a week before to run Startup Bootcamp so it was a perfect time to meet more people. And everyone in the bootcamp attended for at least part of the day. After attending a […]

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Fear, Waiting and LaGuardia

If there was ever a situation in which ride sharing apps would be used, it was at LaGuardia Airport, 12:30am after the airport had been closed for a storm. When I arrived, delayed for several hours with many other flights, I found a taxi line that was like nothing I had ever seen. In fact, […]

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Simplicity

I saw two useful and simple new services yesterday: Delight.io (by Thomas Pun, who I know) and PopTip.com (from a new TechStars grad). Delight.io allows developers to add a line of code to their iOS app in order to see how users interact with the apps. PopTip allows any Twitter user to run a poll […]

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Why getting pissed off at Startup Weekend turned out to be a good thing for me

When one of Startup Weekend’s local reps asked me to lead a week-long master class to build on their New York event I was psyched. When after weeks of planning and work on the content the event fell apart days before delivery I was pissed. So I did the only thing I could do at […]

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Too experienced to learn

Is it possible to be too experienced to learn? I think it is. A historian told me about an example from US new recruits in WWII and how marksmanship ability varied among them. Supposedly, recruits from the US countryside performed worse than those from the city. This seems counter-intuitive. After all, men who grew up […]

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More MBAs More Problems

A lot has been said about MBA programs’ lack of preparation for entrepreneurial work. I’m even going as far as to say that these programs can unintentionally mislead students by rewarding the wrong things. (I’m allowed to make these comments because I have an MBA and ran a startup.) Here are a few examples from […]

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How to observe your way to insight

When we were starting out in my last startup, even before we had heard of customer development, we had a method for learning from users. It wasn’t great but it was better than what a lot of startups were doing.    This is what we did (after we had exhausted our friends as beta testers): […]

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What I Learned From Running Startups Unplugged

This was the first time I truly used Customer Development to build something. Generated revenue (a little, anyway) almost immediately Got me talking to new people immediately Led me to abandon my initial thoughts about running this course Also, I was asked to speak at an event next week. I’m going to try to condense part […]

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Mentoring at StartupWeekend… and Then Teaching There

I had a great time mentoring at NYC’s recent StartupWeekend. This was the first StartupWeekend I ever attended, but it made me think that the teams I saw would have looked very different a couple years ago when I was getting started. First, there was a good mix of people: developers, UX, design, marketing, business […]

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Columbia student pitch practice

Today is the last day of Startups Unplugged – The Columbia Edition. It’s pitch practice time. For those of you involved, be prepared, because your audience will be tough. But also think about how you can learn most from this experience. Sure, there are tons of pitch events around town. But there aren’t that many […]

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