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Entries Tagged as 'Start-up Success'

Is there a bubble in the Silicon Valley?

November 10th, 2014 · No Comments

I am hearing some familiar stories. Software developers are switching jobs every few months. A few start-ups are getting hundred of millions of funding without any revenue. In fact, in the case of one start-up, the job applicants are not allowed to see the product the company is building. This company has the backing of […]

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Build a 4 Hour Work Week (4HWW) Muse business: The Hot Niche Firesale

July 17th, 2013 · No Comments

If you have read The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich) , you’re probably familiar with Tim Ferris’ recommendation of building a Muse business. A Muse is a low maintenance business that  generate significant income. My favorite Muse business model is online, location independent business that allows me to work […]

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Lessons learned from raising $1 for my business

February 11th, 2013 · No Comments

In my last post I asked for $1 from you to help me start a new business. This is one of the most uncomfortable things I have ever done. In this post I’d like to explain to you why I was doing it, how much money I raised, and what lessons I learned from this […]

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Tags: Learning and Growing · Start-up Success

I’m raising $1 for my new business

February 7th, 2013 · No Comments

This post is NOT a joke. I’m serious. I am starting a business and need $1 from you. Why am I doing this? Because I signed up for AppSumo’s Make Your First Dollar program. The first task is to raise $1 – I cannot continue the program until I raise at least $1. Why would […]

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Notes from listening to AJ Kumar interview on Mixergy

July 19th, 2012 · No Comments

Instead of listening to sports radio or NPR during my morning commute, I have started to listen to Mixergy interviews. I have a become a big fan of It’s an site with hundreds of interviews with successful entrepreneurs. What makes Mixergy unique is its founder and interviewer, Andrew Warner. He is an extremely talented […]

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Tags: Learning and Growing · online marketing · Start-up Success

Are you missing the money from Zynga IPO?

July 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

By now you probably have heard that Zynga, the creator of massively popular social games like Farmville and CityVille, is planning its Initial Public Offering. It’s widely believe that Zynga will push for (and probably will receive) a valuation as high as $20 billion. As a result, Zynga founder Mark Pincus will finally join the […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track · Start-up Success

Secretive to a fault

May 20th, 2010 · No Comments

I recently talked to a start-up. This company has been around for a while, but it’s super secretive. It has a bare bone web site. You can find very little useful information about the company. Its address is list as a PO BOX number. Their physical address is not available anywhere online. When I discussed […]

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You should understand Liquidation Preference and Preferred Participation before joining a start-up

March 8th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Before you join the next "exciting, top venture capital firms backed" start-up, you need to understand liquidation preference and preferred participation. As I wrote in Don’t get screwed! Startup questions you should ask before you  join a startup — you could totally be screwed by a start-up. You need to know the details of the […]

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Is this ethical? Or even legal?

February 20th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The Secret of Profitability (SOP) is a high profile start-up in the Silicon Valley. It’s "high profile" because it has two of the most famous venture capitalists on earth sitting on its board. it had received $100 million in venture funding. its senior management consists of super stars from major internet companies such as Google […]

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Tags: Frustration@Work · Start-up Success

Bob Stroller and Platform

December 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

One thing about being a dad of two little ones is that I have learned a lot about strollers. Let me tell you: there are a lot of similarities between the stroller world and the car market. The low-end of stroller market is like Honda Civics: reliable, sturdy, and plain. (Disclaimer: I have nothing against […]

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Tags: Innovation · Product Management · Start-up Success