Startup Lies Part III – “We’ve Been Mentioned In TechCrunch!!!”

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!!!”

Startup Lies Part II – “Work For Us, Because We Give Unlimited Vacation Time! Also, Have Some Free Pizza!”

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!”

Why Building Software / Apps Is Hard And What To Do About It

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

If You Keep Doing More Stuff, You Will End Up Poorer, Less Healthy And Less Smart

Subtraction I would say that around two-thirds of the patients I see in my clinic every day have problems related to something that they are choosing to do. Chest infections caused by smoking. Back pain as a result of sitting down all day and even after work. Diabetes due to poor diet. I seem to… Continue reading If You Keep Doing More Stuff, You Will End Up Poorer, Less Healthy And Less Smart

Second Order Discovery

Introduction Second order thinking is hard.  It's not a natural way of thinking. First order thinking refers to the most simplistic method of analysis.  You can think of it as a form of thinking that most people engage in.  As most people have the same thoughts, which are automatic and go without any questioning, they… Continue reading Second Order Discovery

Your Code Is Not Your Business

When I first started my company as a non-technical founder I would often hear the phrase "your code is not your business". At first I used to nod along.  It seemed obvious to me that customers don't pay just for your app, they pay for customer support, for expertise in the field, to solve a… Continue reading Your Code Is Not Your Business

Baby Boomers Vs Millennials!! (They’re both wrong….)

I have seen this conversation played out many times.  Both in the press and in real life. The Baby Boomer generation often accuse the younger generations of being lazy, flippant with their money and devoid of the grit that is needed to succeed in life. The Baby Boomers often argue that leading a happy, financially… Continue reading Baby Boomers Vs Millennials!! (They’re both wrong….)

“Disruption” Is For Fools

Every week there seems to be a news story on how an app has been developed to "disrupt" the healthcare industry.  I despise what this term has come to mean and as soon as I hear someone say it, I know I'm speaking with a fool. "The Uber of Healthcare!" "The Amazon of prescription drugs!"… Continue reading “Disruption” Is For Fools

Artificial Un-Intelligence

Before I started my tech startup Artificial Intelligence (AI) really wasn't on my radar.  I was somewhat aware of autonomous driving vehicles, but apart from that I didn't see how AI was going to have an impact in my life. Even now when I meet with other tech entrepreneurs, the discussion surrounding AI often causes… Continue reading Artificial Un-Intelligence

Build Something A Few People Love

 "It's better to make a few people really happy than to make a lot of people semi-happy." - Paul Buchheit This is a common saying amongst tech entrepreneurs.  Successful tech entrepreneurs have noted that something which a few people really love is always better than something which only a few people merely like somewhat. This… Continue reading Build Something A Few People Love