Monthly Archives: May 2015

We Can All Change the World

We Can All Change the WorldI am pleased to announce that the latest edition of my notes on Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders is ready. You can download We Can All Change the World: Notes on Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Volume 9 for free right here.
Alternatively if you were to purchase it through Leanpub all royalties will be donated to Oxfam America which is helping the earthquake victims in Nepal right now. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
This book contains notes on lectures by:

  • Matthew Rabinowitz (Natera)
  • Padmasree Warrior (Cisco)
  • Cyriac Roeding (Shopkick)
  • Steve Teig (Tabula)
  • Bill Drayton (Ashoka)
  • Scott Harrison (charity:water)
  • Mike Olson, Ping Li (Cloudera)
  • Sharon Vosmek (Astia)
  • Halle Tecco (Rock Health)
  • Dave McClure (500 Startups)
  • William Hsu (MuckerLab)
  • Gurjeet Singh, Gunnar Carlsson, Ann Miura-Ko (Ayasdi)
  • Bob Sutton (Stanford)
  • Cameron Strang, Nate Ruess (Warner Bros. Records)
  • Hemant Shah (RMS)
  • Cameron Teitelman, Joseph Huang, Milt McColl, Smita Saxena (StartX)
  • Tristan Walker (Walker and Company)
  • Sal Khan (Khan Academy)
  • Morris Chang (TSMC)
  • Ed Catmull (Disney/Pixar)
  • Linda Rottenberg (Endeavor)
  • Geoff Donaker (Yelp)
  • Leah Busque (TaskRabbit)
  • Heidi Roizen (Draper Fisher Jurvetson)

You can change the world in ways big and small, local and global, through education, friendship, business, and charity. There is no try–there is only action and a refusal to fail.
Start with a simple smile to a stranger and go from there.

Updates on HitTail, Drip, AuditShark and More

Episode 221 | Updates on HitTail, Drip, AuditShark and More
Date: 2015-01-27
Link: Startups for the Rest of Us
 
Startups for the Rest of UsSeagate drives have the worst longevity out of all of the major drive manufactures.
Book: On Writing by Stephen King
Book: Smart Cuts
Have goals in front of you at least every few weeks.
If it isn’t working then you need to switch tactics.
Have a general concept of whether you are on track (on your goals).
Work out backwards how to get to your goal.
Think about how your business would look with ten times the revenue.
Try to push all of your calls to one day a week.
Article: Maker Schedule vs. Manager Schedule by Paul Graham.
It is a harder marketing landscape than it used to be.

Our Biggest Failures in 2014, Pros and Cons of Domain Expertise, and Documenting Your Company Roadmap

Episode 220 | Our Biggest Failures in 2014, Pros and Cons of Domain Expertise, and Documenting Your Company Roadmap
Date: 2015-01-20
Link: Startups for the Rest of Us
 
Startups for the Rest of UsIt is amazing how far you can take something.
Too much domain expertise can make you blind to things.
A roadmap should be higher level and longer term.
Insert additional touch points in the trial (prior to them cancelling).
You can generally get up and running with an independent contractor a lot quicker than you would with a firm. It is also going to be a lot cheaper. The problem is how to find good ones.
If you’re not in San Francisco don’t hire out of San Francisco.

The 10 Advantages of the Start Small, Stay Small Approach

Episode 219 | The 10 Advantages of the Start Small, Stay Small Approach
Date: 2015-01-13
Link: Startups For the Rest of Us
 
Startups for the Rest of UsMap your goals out month by month.
Funding is not the only way to start a startup.
During your workday being able to pick and choose what you’re going to work on is a huge, huge win.
With a funded startup your work hours are basically as many hours as you can possibly work.
There are a lot of different dimensions to location independence.
If you do the right work then that work can pay off for a long time.
Staying small means lot less overhead–both financial and management overhead.
Stay as small as possible while supporting as many customers as possible.
One of the fun parts about being small is that you can move quickly.

An Episode For Those Who Like to Read

TMBA281: An Episode For Those Who Like to Read
Date: 2015-02-12
Link: Tropical Talk Radio
Tropical MBA
 
Book: The Hard Thing About Hard Things
Ben Horowitz: “The hardest skill in business is managing your own psychology.”
Book: The War of Art
Book: Kitchen Confidential.
You can find out a lot about people by the books they read.
Book: The 80/20 Principle
Book: The Fourth Economy
The three core components of business are business system creation, management, and sales and marketing. Systems create leverage. People create leverage. Sales and marketing is what drives the horse.
Book: Work the System
Book: Vietnam – A History
Book: How to Win Friends and Influence People
Don’t over think stuff.
Book: Spin Selling
Book: Open by Andre Agassi
Book: My Life in Advertising
Book: Anti-Fragile
Book: Man’s Search for Meaning
Paper: Principles by Ray Dalio
Book: On the English Language by George Orwell
Book: Linchpin by Seth Godin
Book: Shogun
Book: The Winds of War
Book: Conquistador
Book: Finite and Infinite Games