Date archives "October 2016"

Nobody is going to build your startup

I stopped going to startup events a year ago because the harassment wouldn’t stop. After the small talk, the inevitable “so, what do you do?” The swarmy sea of strong-jawed business folks circle like sharks. They look for light-wash jeans and faded t-shirts among the crowd, surely a sign that they have found a developer. 30 seconds later, the pitch. 60 seconds after, the invite for lunch and a joke about how finding a co-founder is like dating. Nobody is going to build your startup. Well, except for the Romanian dev shop salivating over the thought of your $15k in… Continue reading

Advice from my heroes: How I turned AMAs into my secret weapon

I need help. We all do. But asking people for advice isn’t easy. With the amount of cold emails opening with “Can I pick your brain?” flying around San Francisco, you’d think the city was full of zombies. What if 5 of the people you respected most in business each set aside five minutes to give you advice? The impact on your business would be immediate and impactful. Well, chances are, they are, but you’re not showing up to ask a question. In the past year I’ve gotten advice from people like Chris Sacca, Jack Dorsey, Eric Ries, Naval Ravikant,… Continue reading

Our code-free future

I started learning how to code and play piano the same week. It looked a lot like this: After a few months of practice, I got pretty good at playing “Let it Be”. I also got pretty good at swearing at a code editor. Why did my piano practice start taking off while my software dreams died in a fire? A New Syntax Music theory and Javascript scare away beginners for a similar reason. Both are new languages that need to be understood, processed, and then translated by an instrument/browser into something that others recognize. When you sit down at a… Continue reading

The Getting Started Principle

My friends want to start companies, build apps, write books, and start blogging. But they don’t. We read so many articles about “how I did X” and they all end the same way: “just take this action to get started.” But we don’t. Instead, we wait. We bookmark those how-to articles for later. We put our blog ideas in a folder somewhere in Evernote. We sketch out a landing page for our app idea for when we should build it. We wait for the perfect co-founder, the right time, until we hit 3000 followers, until we get that project finished… Continue reading