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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Competition vs. Comparables

Yesterday was the unSexy conference, and as a resident of Seattle, I tend to miss a lot of awesome startup events. This being one of them. As I stumbled across the presentation deck from MailChimp CEO, Ben Chestnut, a very simple but expansive piece of advice caught my eye. Rule…

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Hacking Serendipity

Last week wrapped up the latest installment of MozCon, our annual user conference. Out of all of the amazing content, one thing has been lingering in my mind over the weekend and into today. During Rand's keynote, he touched on the idea of 'Investing in Serendipity', which was originally coined…

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Perception Wins Today

It's all just a game. It's a game that you've got to play to win or sit back and watch as others run circles around you. It's the game of perception, and it drives careers, both for better and for worse. I'd say it's more prevalent in the startup world…

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Evaluating A Startup Idea

If you have any ounce of entrepreneurship in your body, it's likely that startup ideas run through your mind on a daily basis. The hardest part about all those ideas? Picking the one that has legs. Typically, I'm in the camp of ideas being shit, and execution taking precedence. That…

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Role of Business Development at a Startup

The title of business development (BD) is becoming more and more common in startups. The irony, not many folks know what it is. It's become the catch-all term, a ubiquitous phrase depending on whom you talk to -- which of course contributes to the confusion. Frankly, it's a tough thing…

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Trending Upwards

I’ve had a lot on my mind lately. You read things like this, and it stops you dead in your tracks. Often, we get so wrapped up in everything we have to do that we tend to forget why we’re doing it. We end up 5 or 10…

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Doing It Right, Not First

​There's a common misconception among first time entrepreneurs that the only way to win is to be the first. The first to attempt an idea, the first to enter a specific market. It's something I've been meaning to touch on for some time, then this came across my feed. You…

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