Archives / September, 2012

Marathon Running and Lying Don’t Mix

“Success rests in having the courage and endurance and, above all, the will to become the person you were destined to be.” – Dr. George Sheehan When I heard that presidential VP candidate Paul Ryan said something like he had run a “2-hour-and-50-something” marathon, I knew immediately he was lying. I don’t know a single person…

FAKEGRIMLOCK’s Guest Lecture At Harvard Business School

FAKEGRIMLOCK showed up recently at HBS to give a short lecture on Minimum Viable Personality. In Grimspeak, IT AWESOME. If you want more of FAKEGRIMLOCK, go check his post on my blog from a while ago – BE ON FIRE – which inspired my book Burning Entrepreneur – How to Launch, Fund, and Set Your Start-Up On Fire!…

Recruiting Event Hosted by Foundry Group’s Bay Area Startups

If you are looking for a cool job in the bay area, go take a look at the recruiting event happening on 10/5/12 organized by a bunch of our portfolio companies searching for amazing folks. The neat thing to me about this is that my partners and I had nothing to do with this –…

Have Every New Employee Do Customer Support For Two Weeks

A few weeks ago an entrepreneur of a fast growing consumer-oriented company told me that he has every new employee do customer support for two weeks. Their approach is they onboard the new person, given the a one week “get settled into your role / get up to speed on the company” period and then…

Startup Communities is Shipping

It’s hard to describe the satisfaction of “shipping” your product. I know many of you out there have done it many times and I expect you know what I’m talking about. Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City is officially shipping. The Kindle version is available immediately; the physical copies are still on…