In the run up to launching my latest 10 Minute Guide 🚀 “Your first startup job”, I wanted to post some general thoughts on things you need to know before you join a startup.
As for the book, it covers everything from the basics of how to identify the good startups from the bad, through to the more advanced, such as what to look for in your option contracts, and everything in between. …
A short post for today.
Last week I watched HBO’s documentary on Warren Buffet.
Throughout the documentary Warren spoke of his affinity for thinking. He estimated that he spends 80% of his working day reading and thinking.
Imagine, in Warren’s office — you would see him just sitting there pondering and reflecting for the majority of it. No meetings. No team catch-ups. No phone calls. Just thinking.
“That’s what created one of the world’s most successful business records in history. He has a lot of time to think.” Charlie Munger, Buffett’s long-time business partner, confirmed.
I nearly fell out of…
Too many technology startups don’t have a clue when it comes to metrics.
They don’t know what to measure, how to measure it and, more fundamentally, why they’re measuring it.
This isn’t just reserved for the two-person early stage startup either, I’ve witnessed startups with millions of dollars of funding make the same mistakes. In fact — it’s more likely in the latter stage high growth startups.
The startups are collecting the wrong data and formulating strategy without understanding their funnels, audience, or product.
In this article I hope to point you in the right direction. My mission is to…
I’m late to the party to write about this, so apologies.
Furthermore, I’m disappointed in myself that I didn’t post this as a video! Practice what you preach n’ all that…
Over the last 6–12 months, specifically the last 3, I’ve noticed a huge explosion in video content creation and consumption.
Look around you. All of the influencers and brands who are typically one step ahead in terms of media and “attention minutes” are already at it.
Ding 🛎 ding 🛎 ding 🛎 — that means we’re already behind, and we need to get with the party. There are millions…
It has been written about time and time again, but I thought I’d give my take. In short, life is a game of numbers and luck — nothing else. Intelligence is only 5–10% of the equation, if that.
If you have something you want to do, stick at it, hustle, find a way to your audience, find a way to the funding, make 1 + 1 = 3. …
A short post for this morning, somewhat related to yesterday’s post — this week’s theme seems to along the lines of making and creating.
From a young age I’ve always loved trying new things — so much so that my mother came to expect that I’d go through a hundred “phases” per year. One month I’d love rugby, and try and become an expert and ingrain myself as much as possible in the topic. The next, I’d be into comic books — again, becoming an expert in the topic, researching and immersing myself. I found it extremely satisfying. …
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Lately I’ve been reflecting on why certain products and people become popular. What makes one product more successful than another seemingly homogeneous one? Likewise for people, how does an influencer amass millions of followers on Twitter and YouTube when others struggle to get any?
It’s a complex question, and I’m not going into all of the detail here — but let me touch upon some of my thoughts.
Products change. Likewise, trends rise and fall. But the mapping of our minds, as put forward by…
For the past year or so I’ve been trying to get back into writing; if anything, for the therapeutic benefits! However I have sucked on the “write more” front.
This is mainly because I’ve been even more focused on getting some downtime and recharging, especially for the past month.
After twelve years of go-go-go, foot firmly on the accelerator, I have taken the huge step of recalibrating my life — deciding that 2017 would be different. …
Over the past few months I’ve been trying to find the time to complete a book or audiobook every two weeks. Largely, it has been a success, and in the coming few days I’ll get around to making a few recommendations for those of you jumping out of the 2017 starting gates.
I most recently completed Felix Dennis’ “How to Get Rich”.
I’m not normally one to go for titles such as the aforementioned, but had a huge amount of admiration and respect for Felix. I knew that his authenticity, his writing style, and his journey would not disappoint.
I spend a considerable amount of time thinking about convergence; convergence as a means of spotting opportunity. Identifying good ideas that looked like bad ideas (as A16Z’s Chris Dixon puts it), those with a 5–10 year horizon. Or more simply, stacking the odds in my favour so that I’ll be in the right place at the right time to execute upon something that could positively impact millions of people.
Malcolm Gladwell, in his book ‘Outliers’, explores a similar tenant, in that that timing is everything. When industries, demographies, technologies, etc. all collide 💥.
Why is Bill Gates a billionaire? He’s…
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