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Book Review: Same Same

on Fri, 03/01/2019 - 14:52

Full disclosure: I was provided a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, which I believe I'm providing.

I can barely think of a way to write a review about this book without revealing a massive spoiler. But ahead I plow.

This book takes deeply into the story of Percy, who undertakes a special project in a special place. He is surrounded by a collection of people that provide a background onto which Percy's live to be unfolded, and so for the duration of the book, we occupy Percy's mind as he attempts to complete his work in this background. 

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Mentor Manifesto 18/18 - Have Empathy. Remember that startups are hard.

on Thu, 02/07/2019 - 02:14

This is the final post (18) of the Techstars Mentor Manifesto. As with item 17, Brad Feld let me complete the list with my own submission for this final item.

During one of the Techstars Boston cohorts where I’ve been Mentor-in-Residence, I worked with a 20-something CEO founder (code named Mary) who, shortly after raising a seed round of several million dollars, hired a high-powered exec, granting a significant equity option.

Founders: How are you making money & generating cash?

on Wed, 02/06/2019 - 19:58

Tech startups often do not think deeply enough about how they are going to make money. More focus on this would be greatly helpful.

During most of my weeks I'll meet with anywhere from 5-10 founders of tech companies to talk about their business. Many are looking for investment, and though I've invested in a fair number of startups, I've slowed down my investment rate quite a bit - and tell founders this prior to meeting. Those that still want to meet are simply seeking for feedback.

The privilege of seeing this many startups gives me a different perspective than I had when I was a founder.