What makes Silicon Valley special? – Information is a Commodity

Last week one of our competitors began the process of shutting it’s doors: StartupLinkup. On the top of their home page you can now read the following:
StartupLinkup.com is winding down. It was a nice experiment, but I realize it’s not the best model for connecting startup founders.
I strongly recommend that you use StartupSQUARE. Tristan, Manuel, and Marcel are the great guys there, and will make sure you get the right connections. All the best, Adrian.
This could only happen in Silicon Valley, our competitor Adrian Fritsch, started referring business to us. What makes Silicon Valley special? Cooperation. Continue reading

Lean Deck Clinic Lessons Learned

It’s been a few weeks since the Lean Deck Clinic and Gregarious & I are starting to plan the next ones. But first, we wanted to publish some of the lessons learned from the clinic.

These are notes from the participants themselves of advice given by a variety of different clinicians (see here for the list). So the bullets may at times contradict one another or other advice you may have read or received. I’ve edited some for legibility. Continue reading

Photographic Proof that I am not a Ninja

Owch

The bloated thing is my foot.

After my anti-ninja rant last week, it was perhaps inevitable that the universe would see fit to prove that I am not a ninja by any stretch of the imagination. Behold my foot. (see pic) It’s not supposed to look like that.

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Stop Calling Yourself a Rockstar and a Ninja

I understand that you kickass at Guitar Hero and you play a ninja in World of Warcraft, but seriously… can you stop calling yourself a rockstar and a ninja in real life? These hacker terms for “awesome coder” have gotten way out of control.

[UPDATE: Thanks to everyone for pointing out that WoW has no ninja class. Sorry...I'm a Starcraft guy. :(   ] Continue reading

Startup Weekend Lesson Learned #2 – Customer Development

Ok…this is less of a lessons learned and more of an outright challenge.

At the last Startup Weekend (#swmobile) the team I joined was called KissMobs. As far as I’m aware, we are the only Startup Weekend team ever to finish the weekend cash flow positive. It could be there are others, I don’t have the stats and I’ll let Franck correct me on this one. We also didn’t pay ourselves any salaries and my dividend totaled enough for a cup of coffee. A bad cup of coffee.

Still, I think every team coming out of Startup Weekend should have this as a goal: A SALE

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Startup Weekend Lesson Learned #1 – The Pitch

Startup WeekendThis last week was crazy, mostly because I spent all last weekend coding, marketing, pitching, and navigating the intense and creative atmosphere of Startup Weekend SF (#swmobile). If you haven’t been to Startup Weekend, you should because it’s the best place to get a quick feel of what it takes to run a startup and one of the best places to find a co-founder for your next business.(aside from startupSQUARE of course!) Continue reading