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 […]
<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 […]
<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 […]
<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 […]
“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.
<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 […]
<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 […]