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Entrepreneurship

The Declaration of Independence

I love origin stories. The moment of the beginning of something new, or a key point in the founding of something, is always powerful to me. On the 238th birthday of the United States of America, I think it’s useful to reflect on America’s origin story. So, after seeing an email by Bart Lorang at FullContact…

What Failure Really Feels Like

I just read an amazing post from Nikki Durkin, the founder and CEO of 99dresses. It’s titled My startup failed, and this is what it feels like and it is one of the best posts I’ve ever read about startup failure. I almost titled this post “What Failure Tastes and Smells Like” because Nikki does such an…

After Failure, What’s Next?

Recently, I wrote a post titled After Your First Big Success, What’s Next? The comment thread was powerful and fascinating, as was the direct email feedback I got, including the following note: “I think it would be interesting to hear your perspective on how an entrepreneur should approach “what’s next” after coming off a failed business. How should…

I Am Not My Stock Price

If you are an founder or employee of a public company, repeat after me: “I am not my stock price.” This is one of my favorite Jeff Bezos quotes. It’s easily to get bummed out when your stock price drops. I believe the emotions follow the +1/-5 rule. Each time it goes up, you get one unit of…

Old vs. New and The Debate About Bitcoin

A few weeks ago a I wrote a post titled It’s Not Right vs. Left, It’s Old vs. New about the conflict between innovators and incumbents. As a society, we are just starting to wander into the real structural conflict around this and I don’t believe our government, either at the local, state, or federal level, really…