Some Entrepreneurs

By Charles Cushing, Noah Ready-Campbell, and some other entrepreneurs. We work on Twice (https://www.liketwice.com).


Wealth & Tennis

Why small differences in skill can lead to large differences in payoff


Over the past few years, there have been a number of studies, articles and videos concerning the growing wealth gap in America. Viewed in isolation, this inequality is pretty clearly a bad thing — both for its destabilizing effect on society, and for the strong sense of moral…


The Age of Entrepreneurs

In school, I used to read about great men (and, by historical accident, somewhat fewer great women) and wonder what they would have done…


Notes on Entrepreneurship


I recently turned 26, and, to celebrate, I took a weekend trip to Sequoia National Park with my mom. We both work a lot — she as a doctor in rural Vermont, and I as…


Rationing Complexity

What cockpits and kiosks can teach us about product design


Many people believe that a simpler interface is always better (cf. Gmail’s


The Sharing Economy’s Dirty Little Secret


Originally published on the WSJ blog The Accelerators.

Want some real talk? The sharing economy isn’t actually about sharing. The buyer doesn’t care if they’re sharing, renting, bartering or buying — so long as they get what they want at a good price. And the seller just wants to make some cash, preferably without working too…


Competition

Who are your real competitors?


Generally people think of competition through the lens of customer acquisition and retention. Another firm is your competitor…


Wealth & Tennis

Why small differences in skill can lead to large differences in payoff


Over the past few years, there have been a number of studies, articles and videos concerning the growing wealth gap in America. Viewed in isolation, this inequality is pretty clearly a bad thing — both for its destabilizing effect on society, and for the strong sense of moral…


What is the Role of a CEO?


Many people profess clear ideas of what a CEO must do. Fred Wilson wrote a definitive post on the topic several years ago, one I find myself referring to every few months without fail. He argues that a CEO must do three things:

  1. Develop the strategy
  2. Recruit talent
  3. Raise money

The Next Step for Twice


Twice began in January 2012, with the simple goal of saving our customers time, money, and closet space. Our founders, Calvin and Noah, were computer geeks who’d met at Google, and their first hire, Erica, rounded out the team with her years of fashion and thrifting experience. Working from a small warehouse in Oakland — which doubled as Calvin’s and Noah’s bedroom …


Lessons It Took Me A Long Time To Learn


If you build it, they will not come.

The key to management is clear expectations.

Good writing is almost always short writing.


Who Versus What


In high school, my history teacher told me that I shouldn’t worry too much about grades, because in the long run what would matter was who I knew, not what I knew.

This point of view always bothered me. I grew up believing that you succeeded based on your skills and knowledge, not who your friends were. But after thinking it over for a few years, I don’t…