I met someone last night at a meetup. He just got out of a corporate job and was weighing ideas and opportunities. Becoming an entrepreneur was unquestionably something that was tickling him. He explained his concept in great detail (which was quite impressive) and even brought up the pros and the cons. But he was stuck. He didn't want to start.Read More
Thoughts on entrepreneurship, startups, and tech.
Before the internet, everything outside a cup of sugar or washing liquid from your next-door neighbour was for sale. Then suddenly, things of apparent usefulness started to appear for free and soon trying to get someone to pay for something became difficult. For startups, this forgotten truth forced the majority to raise money on hypothetical future cash flows and produced a series of ‘bubbles’ and cohorts of belly-upped companies.Read More
Swimming is a very repetitive and solo endurance sport, you have to complete countless laps in a pool before even starting to feel like you’re moving forward somewhat gracefully using one of the accepted styles. This is a pretty similar equation to most startup communities; a lot of isolated drudgeries and the occasional meetup but all, swimming in the “same lane” after the same goal.Read More
I work with founders of digital (internet) startups every day. The really early stage stuff, before hardly any support, structure or particularly, money. And that’s the problem. Most people think that “money” is going to help them figure out what to sell. Money doesn’t define a “business”, it’s whatever you’re selling that does.Read More
In my view, starting off on a long trek is like launching a startup. You know from the start that it’s going to be a long haul but instead of being stressed, multitasking all the way and trying to control everything, you embrace the journey because of the mesmerizing length, impending beauty, and pure discovery. That mindset could be the difference between succeeding with your venture or failing.Read More
What is it these days with startups changing directions. Every time a founder and their team decides that their original idea needs a tweak or even a substantial modification, the WebSphere instantly churns out a slew of tweets, podcasts and articles many of which clearly question the decision.Read More