This is the second in a two-part series on zombie startups. The first piece on how to tell if you are zombie startup is here.

If you have determined from my first post that you may be running a zombie startup (which — to your credit — is a hard, emotional realization to come to), let’s talk about how to come back from the dead.

There are critical decisions that will keep you from undead obsolescence — choices that range from small course-corrections within your market to hard pivots out of your market.

Add’l Suggested Reading World War Z by Max Brooks

Small course-corrections help companies with early zombie…


The Last of Us (2013)

Some say startups are like jumping out of a plane and making a parachute before you hit the ground. I think it’s more like a zombie survival game where you start in a pitch dark room unsure of the myriad dangers that surround you. You find resources and people to help you survive with the goal of navigating out.

Your startup may get killed abruptly, but sometimes, you also may find yourself doing the same thing over and over again. You’re not quite winning at the game — which is to grow. But you’re not quite losing either — you’re…


Just two guys. In a garage. Making a job-creating juggernaut.

It’s widely known that two of the world’s most valuable companies had their first offices in garages rented from friend’s homes in the Bay Area. Seriously, read this wonderful article about Google’s first garage office — it’s the dream! Unfortunately, if those companies were to start today in Palo Alto (the heart of Silicon Valley), they would probably be evicted.

Below is one of the many letters going out to homes in Palo Alto.


Yes, it’s Diagon Alley, but this is all just an excuse for me to insert Harry Potter references.

So, this post has been sitting in my drafts for quite a few months, but I’ve given this advice for the past year and it seems to be helpful (butterbeer helps). Especially given the multiple open letters bandied about — A VC letter to millenials on the mistake of majoring in the liberal arts, open letters from millenials to CEOs, and open letters to millenials from other millenials, I thought it’d be helpful to give my career musings to muggles entering the magical world of startups (a startup millenial CEO letter to other millenials).

Every muggle is interested in the…


I’ve been sent posts regarding Zirtual “pausing its service” and have been asked to comment. I have been using virtual assistants since 2008, was an early customer of Zirtual and have known Maren, Collin, and other employees since 2012. Needless to say, I’ve been obsessed with this space for a long time.

My heart goes out to Zirtual (especially their 400+ employees, all their customers, and all their staff) — investors were taken by surprise and based on the rumors, it seems that there may have been poor oversight over their finances.

It’s gonna be hard for customers to deal…

Andrew Lee

Intensely smiling 😁, trying to live a virtuous life. Partner @Initialized, prev @esper_co, @SBAgov, Farmville @Zynga, and started JamLegend/FantasyCongress.

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