You have an idea you can’t shake. Now it’s time to take action – you need the product that you can actually get started with. This is one of the hardest parts of the startup journey – moving from something that is so perfect in your mind to something tangible in the real world. The … Continue reading Starting up? Why your product isn’t actually your product. It’s the mechanics.
For most of my 20s and into my 30s I was a convinced that “all of the good problems to solve” had been taken. I told myself that I would’ve been the perfect person to start airbnb or Birchbox if I had just had the idea sooner. Nothing could have been further from the truth. … Continue reading See the friction: Finding a start-up idea.
My job is not to keep my company alive. It’s to figure out how to kill it. How crazy is that? But it’s true. The job of a small business owner to keep the business alive. To make smaller, more prudent bets that will optimize but not really make huge waves. Because your livelihood is … Continue reading Killing the company
<p>Here’s the only thing you need to know about being a start-up founder: It’s the loneliest job out there.</p> <p>Even with the most incredible cofounder and a spouse that believes in you and friends that surround you.</p> <p>Each night you go to sleep not knowing how any number of things are going to be figured … Continue reading the loneliest job title around: start-up founder
<p>Everyone will have their own name and a different approach. For me, I call it the "happy thoughts" folder. I created it on the day we sent out our very first friends and family launch email. Because that was a good day. Emails came pouring back from all corners of the world saying how proud … Continue reading the email folder every founder needs
<p>I've always had a dedicated space. Everything from a gorgeous office in downtown Boston while I was a consultant to the standard issue beige corporate cube to a section of a long desk and a filing cabinet when I was at a larger start-up.</p> <p>And each time I would change roles or jobs I would … Continue reading looking to declutter your workspace? become a nomad
“Beggars can’t be choosers”. Everyone has heard this little nugget.
It’s supposed to be helpful advice to somehow suggest only when you’re in a position of abundance should you expect to have the luxury of choice.
But I don’t buy it.
It’s when you’re at your neediest that you have to be your choosiest. Because your choice will matter more.
Continue reading we're beggars but we're also choosers
<p style=”text-align: left;”>If you asked me 10 years ago, heck even 5 years ago when the best time was to start a venture, I would have said pretty much anytime besides when you have young kids at home. </p> <p style=”text-align: left;”>You see, I am the eldest daughter of a father whose true first child … Continue reading 5 ways being a mother has made me a better entrepreneur
<p><em>"So tell me, are you doing this because you're really passionate about the topic and want to change things personally, or do you think there is a big business in here?"</em></p> <p>I've gotten versions of this comment in a number of conversations with potential investors lately. The first time I encountered it, I stared across … Continue reading since when was passionate enthusiasm a liability?