Developers, Businesspeople, and Dead Weight

Not too long ago, I remember strolling home with the thought of a bounty on my mind. A bounty that Moz paid for referring an engineer (which we no longer do). It wasn't the thought of cashing in on the bounty that clogged my mind, it was the question of…

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Avoiding Burnout

It was my first startup. I was 18 and we had just raised our first real financing round -- $250,000 from a local angel group. A lot was riding on us, even though the scale seems minuscule in hindsight. We had just upgraded from a basement to an actual…

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The Difference Between Sales and Business Development

Almost daily, I run into the misconception that the function of sales and business development are interchangeable, from co-workers to industry peers. This stems primarily, I believe, from the shift in titles of salespeople to business development -- which has been done in an effort to avoid the negative connotation…

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The Glorification of Busy

Productivity is an addicting thing. Having control over how much you can achieve is extremely gratifying. I'm obsessed. It's why I try to squeeze an extra two hours out of each day. Consider it a constant quest to make each day matter just a bit more than usual. But productivity…

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How I Made a 26-Hour Day

It's New Years Eve. Another year gone, another on the horizon. Around this time, you'll likely see posts on predictions and resolutions. I'll spare you that. Instead, I want to focus on the thing that prohibits our ability to reach our goals -- time. There's just not enough hours in…

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Gender Imbalance, Not Bias

I've been trying to avoid the discussion of gender and technology. Really trying. As with most delicate topics, there's a lot of strong opinions, which typically means it's better to walk away. It's not that I didn't have an opinion on the topic, it's just that I wasn't sure how…

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The Highs and Lows of Side Projects

"I just want to build something again." My infamous last words behind the start of two side projects in the past two years. One was built during Rails Rumble, the other simply out of a love for the rush. The rush of creating, the rush of launching, the rush of…

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Startups and Saturation

You'd be hard-pressed to find a bigger startup fan than me. I got into startups at the age of 18 and have been addicted ever since. I live and breathe startup culture, day in and day out. It completely consumes me. Startups are an amazing thing. They provide a pace…

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Vision, Mission, Strategy

When you think about these three words in succession, it's likely that they blend together. They did for me. That was, until a personal mentor of mine, Bruce Jaffe (to which Bruce adds that his framework was helped by one of his mentors, Jim Collins), put some additional context behind…

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Rope-a-dope

A shot from the hip, an explosion. A recurring theme. It's what we've come to expect from Twitter, leaving us on eggshells until the next announcement. As I allow the subtleties of the latest sink in, I can't help but think back to my Seesmic days. Really, not much has…

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