Every time you go to a tech blog, visit TechCrunch or go to Twitter you'll see a barrage of stories about how someone is going to "disrupt" healthcare, or "shakeup" transportation. And then.......NOTHING! In recent years we have started to see more and more information about companies which have made huge promises but have ended… Continue reading Startup Lies Part III – “We’ve Been Mentioned In TechCrunch!!!”
Startups evoke images of a type of "freedom" you wouldn't otherwise experience in a normal job. There is of course a lot of truth to this. Startups allow you to tackle an overlooked or undervalued problem. It allows you to tackle the problem via unorthodox means. If you are an employee at a startup then… Continue reading Startup Lies Part II – “Work For Us, Because We Give Unlimited Vacation Time! Also, Have Some Free Pizza!”
The solution to many problems, whether in life or in building a startup seems to be capital. A lack of capital, the thinking goes is the reason you don't have customers, the reason no one has heard of you, the reason you can't build a feature in your software or why you can't even start… Continue reading Startup Lies Part I – “I Need Capital”
When it comes to a lot of things, going by the status quo and not being too creative is a good thing. If you were about to have an operation and your surgeon said: "I'm feeling creative today", then you have a pretty good reason to feel quite unnerved. Copying others is a great hack… Continue reading Copying Works, Until It Doesn’t
There seems to be a fundamental difference between building a physical product vs building a software solution. For example, if you were asked to design a computer mouse, then I am pretty sure that you would come up with a design that is semi-ok. You would probably know roughly how big the device should be… Continue reading Why Building Software / Apps Is Hard And What To Do About It
To be able to make a point with very few words, is a skill.
In 1st century BCE Julius Ceasar was captured by Cilician pirates. They wanted 20 silver talents ($330,000) for his release. Julius Ceasar laughed at the pirates and told them they should be asking for at least 50 silver talents ($825,000) for his ransom. The pirates were confused. They had never met a hostage that demanded… Continue reading What Pirates Can Teach You About Price
When creating a new product or service it's tempting to set out to please the masses. But most of the time this is just a form of hiding. It takes much more guts to make something to please a specific person or a specific group of people you care about. If you go to a… Continue reading The Anonymous Masses
Nobody wants to be a creative when they're young. They'd rather fit in. Everybody wants to be a creative when they're older. They want to have the courage to excel. I fear that for most, it's already too late.
You can't do it that way. You can't go straight to customers. You can't sell at that price point. You can't employ that person for this role. You can't build software in this way. The list of reasons you can't do something is endless. People have said the above objections (and a thousand others) to… Continue reading Disagree To Agree