Silicon Valley's Impact On Teens

My mind has been rattling around these two posts for months. It came to the forefront again after this tweet from my friend Tiffany Zhong. I have some thoughts. But before I dig into that, let me set the base. My first startup was at the age of 18. I'm…

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10 Years in Startupland

10 years. It's safe to say that a single year at a startup is equivalent to several at a big company, and I've got to be real with you, I feel it. Since my very first startup in 2007, in a basement (cliché, I know), I've been on the grind.…

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Dealing with Ambition

This post was written for and originally appeared on 99u, which you can view here. Sounds funny, doesn't it? Ambition isn’t typically referred to as something that needs to be “dealt” with. On one hand, it’s the driving force behind every great accomplishment. On the other, it’s…

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Valuing Startup Experience

This post was written for and originally appeared on Inc, which you can view here. Picture this. Two identical candidates walk into your office for a job interview. The only difference between the two candidates is that one has a resume full of experience at a large company, the other…

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Seeking Adversity

Life rarely moves in a straight line. It moves unforgivingly through peaks and valleys, highs and lows. Your career is no different. When I first started my career in technology, at a fairly young age, I had a pretty clear picture of what I wanted my career trajectory to look…

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Lessons Learned Growing our Side Project to $20,000 in Revenue

The idea was simple. We thought that the web was missing an alternative to bloated and dry CRM incumbents. The web needed a CRM product that did its job, then got out of the way. With that, Stride was born. Since launch in mid-2012, we've generated $20,000 in subscription…

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Flow

It’s called flow. That state of being present but unaware of the passage of time, unaware of your body. Your focus is on your objective. There’s complete immersion and excitement. Ten minutes. That's how long I've been staring into my screen trying to find the right words to…

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Entrepreneurship and the Fallacy of Work-Life Balance

How do you deal with stress and life balance as an entrepreneur? This was the question posed on the latest Startup Edition thread. As I let the question rattle around, it seemed like a natural opportunity to expand on my previous post on avoiding burnout. So, here we are. The…

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Why You Need A Side Project

I wrote previously about the highs and lows of a side project, which was very much a cautionary tale. This time, I'm speaking more optimistically. As difficult as it is to make a side project successful -- whatever that means to you -- it pales in comparison to the benefits…

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Build It, But They Won't Come

Cynical, but there's no better way to put it. Building a product is only the first step of a very long journey, a journey that doesn't always reward the best. In theory, we like to believe that if you matched up two products with identical functionality, the better of the…

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