Startup Shenanigans

Anything having to do with startups: life, work, play, successes and failures, lessons and accidental discoveries. If you think startup folks need to know, share. Don’t promote your own companies, but by all means, do promote cool projects.


Go For a Walk, Get Shit Done

The best meetings happen in the woods


Standing there on the edge of the trail, gazing across the expanse and at the redwood grove…


Celebrating Small Successes

An article on motivating team members.


In the startup world, emotions can run rampant. The feeling of a first sale or investment…


Why am I launching another startup?

With so many easier paths to take, why am I once again choosing the path of most resistance?


Gandalf the Venture Capitalist

Is the hobbit’s mentor the perfect advisor for the startup journey?


‘Twas the Crisis Before Christmas

Even Santa has a supply chain to manage.


By @KalvinFadakar

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all…

Dear Mom, I’m a Techie

The Undefined Career Path of a Startup Girl


Dear Mom,

Just to clarify, I work for a startup. What is a startup? A startup…


Curiosity Makes The Entrepreneur

Interview with Kelly Smith.An entrepreneur, designer, and investor.


DO-NOT-REPLY: The best way to tell customers you DGAF

Why every email your organization sends should come from a working address.


What Battlefield Taught Me About Success

(Yes, a video game about shooting people actually taught me something)


The best city to start a company


Nowhere on Earth are there so many investors, companies, money and hustle per square foot as there are in the Silicon Valley. But does it mean you have to…


the stories we tell


Storytelling is the single most valuable founder trait. I believe this. It’s priority as a skill varies by the role in the organization, but it is remarkably under…


Why You Shouldn’t Raise Huge Rounds Before You Launch

What Clinkle, Airtime and Color Have In Common


Take the Long Route. 

you won’t regret it


It’s human nature to find the easy way out. We’re always looking for shortcuts. Whether it’s for working out, going to school…


Your Startup’s Starting Lineup

Does Yours Have What it Takes?


Startups are often owned and operated by a very small group of people, a team, if you will. When a small number of folks are handling a large number of tasks, things can feel a little chaotic, stressful and intense. But if your crew can abide by the startup code, you’ll achieve great things. The code…


1-Man-Startups

A manager-less team structure built for innovation; inspired by the AngelList team


Can working without managers increase efficiency and


How to delight your social media followers.


On Tuesday, December 3rd, I had the pleasure of being in the audience of Chase Jarvis Live with Gary Vee as the guest. Gary is an avid social…


How to successfully validate your idea with a Landing Page MVP

Anything can be your Minimum Viable Product, so long as you’re truly focused on validated learning


Bitcoin, is it worth the risk?


Cryptocurrency, or Bitcoin as you may know it, is a marvelous idea for transferring funds. It is secure, private, decentralized, really fast and global. No…


Lessons from Customer Interviews — part I

How to avoid making something no one wants


(Here are my personal Cliff Notes on Ash Maurya’s excellent Running Lean book. I hope you find them helpful, and I’d still highly recommend you to read the actual book. It’s one of the best Lean Startup books I’ve ever read, and I bought 2 myself — the physical and ebook version


The real cost of outsourcing work to the cheapest bidder

You can get an iPhone app developed for $800 on Elance — but is it worth it?


The Princeton Silicon Valley Tiger Trek — Day 1

A week-long trip to the tech capital of the world


This blog post isn’t going to contain too much insightful…


Love at First Meetup 

How to find allies and build alliances in the primordial ooze from which startup stars are born


How to give constructive design feedback over email

Tips for designers and non-designers that will make everyone happier


Postmortem of a Venture-Backed, Acquired Startup

Lessons learned from Decide.com


Decide.com was acquired by eBay on September 6, 2013. For those unfamiliar with…

Startup Shenanigans
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Anything having to do with startups: life, work, play, successes and failures, lessons and accidental discoveries. If you think startup folks need to know, share. Don’t promote your own companies, but by all means, do promote cool projects.

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