5 Solid Startup Lessons

I really liked this short video on some of the major lessons that were learned during the Box.net journey. The five take-aways are:

1. Do something that was not possible three years ago.
2. Do something you are extremely passionate about.
3. Don’t compromise.
4. If you feel comfortable, you’re probably not doing it right.
5. Don’t write your obituary too early.

In my opinion point number 2 is really important. Without a passion for what you are doing, after year #1, things become far too difficult to handle. This is the point at which I see many people throw in the towel. Whatever problem you are solving, make sure that it is one you have ideally set yourself and want to create the solution for.

March 23rd: Required Reading

I tend to do a lot of reading online on a daily basis. I come across many articles I enjoy and believe would be useful to a lot of individuals, specially those who read this blog. Hence, I will be posting one entry weekly with a list of the best posts I have read during that week.

How to Raise a Successful VC Round or Series A

Engineering vs. Design

On the Importance of Trusting Your Gut

Titles and Promotions

Cultivate Existing Customers

You shouldn’t apply to YCombinator if…

Hire the Least Likely Candidate

How can I tell if I am failing at my entrepreneurial venture or start-up?

Building a Sustainable Side Project

Running Lean Community MVP

The Democratization of Entrepreneurship

I reference Steve Blank in many of my posts. His methodology of customer development is in my opinion mandatory reading for any entrepreneur. Many times I get emails asking about certain aspects of the framework. This video however does a far better job of getting major points across.

I would highly recommend that everyone take an hour out of their schedule and watch this lecture if you have not done so yet.

March 16th: Required Reading

I tend to do a lot of reading online on a daily basis. I come across many articles I enjoy and believe would be useful to a lot of individuals, specially those who read this blog. Hence, I will be posting one entry weekly with a list of the best posts I have read during that week.

Whom Should You Hire at a Startup?

More, better, faster: UX design for startups

Facebook pages are worthless for your startup.

The Most Active Angel Investor In The World

How to Make Your Customers Feel Good

Tim O’Reilly on the power of big ideas

6 Ways You’re Making Your Startup Unfundable

Carbonite CEO On Launching Your Next Startup

March 1st: Required Weekly Readings

I tend to do a lot of reading online on a daily basis. I come across many articles I enjoy and believe would be useful to a lot of individuals, specially those who read this blog. Hence, I will be posting one entry weekly with a list of the best posts I have read during that week.

Embrace Your Losses – They Will Make You Stronger

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me 4 Years Ago

Masks and Armor

What Is Your Brand Against?

The Six Habits of a Talent Magnet

Creating a Product Focused Startup Culture

You — Not Your Competitors — Define Your Destiny

Why Selling to SMBs Is Becoming Sexy

Accelerate Your Startup: Spend to Scale the Business

Feb 22nd: Required Weekly Readings

I tend to do a lot of reading online on a daily basis. I come across many articles I enjoy and believe would be useful to a lot of individuals, specially those who read this blog. Hence, I will be posting one entry weekly with a list of the best posts I have read during that week.

Startups in stealth mode need one piece of advice.

How to think about cash vs. equity compensation

8 Questions to Help Decide if You Should be Raising Money Now

5 Steps to Working smarter

How to Hire a Great Marketing Person

How To Know Your Side Project Is Ready To Be A Startup

What Interviewing 31 Sales People Taught Me About “Sales”

Pull that damned reserve cord earlier

Learn to Be Patient for Entrepreneurial Success