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
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
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
Anything worth doing requires hard work. You know this. So why is it that people tend to throw in the towel when things just start to get tough? You knew it was going to be hard, because the work you're doing is important and needed. There's a much better time to decide to quit something:… Continue reading When To Quit (I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self This…)
In theory there is always a larger company / organisation out there, which has more resources, skills and sheer man power to create new and better products and services than a scrappy startup. In theory there is no reason that anyone would ever have to start a new business. In reality, for many reasons such… Continue reading Big & Incapable