Posts Tagged: Entrepreneur

Perfectionism Is Dangerous!

I was reminded the other day by an article by Joshua Rivera of Lifehacker that you have to be careful about trying to achieve perfection in whatever you create. He linked to a video with the late David Foster Wallace from when he spoke on the topic of ambition on the PBS show, “Blank on… Read more »

Failure Is Always An Option

Don’t believe those people that say that failure is not an option for an entrepreneur. You know those people that say that you have to fight for what you believe in until you succeed. They’re wrong. Failure is an option. It’s a nasty distasteful option and a last resort, but it is an option. Especially,… Read more »

Overcome the Flood of Shallow Business Pitches

Howard A. Tullman wrote a piece for Inc that I thought was very interesting called ‘Why “Simple” is Getting Harder.’ The premise of the article is that it has become so easy to create a front end for an application or website and fake up some data for the backend. That has resulted in angels… Read more »

5 Commandments of Management

After yesterday’s post, I spent some time thinking about the differences between the poor and the great managers that I have worked with in the past. From those reflections, I created a list of the essential traits of a great manager. They aren’t listed in some magical order, so don’t worry about where they are… Read more »

Free vs Paid Expectation Paradox

After I graduated from Santa Clara University, I spent the next 5+ years working for a Big 5 consulting company doing large scale enterprise software implementations. While the software I worked with was solid and fairly easy to use, I learned that most wasn’t. And all the options were crazy expensive. Companies paid a lot… Read more »

We Judge Books By Their Covers

I hate to break it to everyone. Despite what we’ve all been taught, we really do judge books by their covers. The way something is presented to us has a profound effect on the way that we perceive that item. That is what I was reminded by an article from Lifehacker entitled: “Why We Can’t… Read more »

Top 10 Fundraising Mistakes

Entrepreneur.com recently featured an infographic from Founder Institute, which I believe warrants me putting aside my usual feeling for info graphics: disgust. Inforgraphics are so overdone these days that I automatically want to dismiss them. If the topic is good though, I force myself to at least scan them. I’m not going to lie, this… Read more »

Are You Too Smart to Win?

We’ve all wondered how that stupid idea we saw years ago became a multimillion or multibillion dollar idea. Or how a startup populated by people with seemingly no business sense jumped to popularity. Is the problem that the world is just full of stupid people or that life isn’t fair? According to a guest post,… Read more »

Right Space, Right Time

The key to success is often being somewhere at just the right time. That takes a lot of luck, a lot of foresight or a little of both. In the case of Feedly, I think it was the latter. ¬†According to Feedly’s blog, they picked up over 500,000 Google Reader users in 48 hours, due… Read more »

There’s No Third Chance

Some people say that there’s no second chance to make a first impression. According to a study commissioned by Compuware, when it comes to buggy apps, you might get a second chance, but it will also be your¬†last chance. Period. In the study, they found that only 16% of people would try a buggy app… Read more »