Stephen King on Startups

Right now I’m in the middle of famous horror writer Stephen King’s memoir On Writing. He tells a funny and entertaining background of his life followed by thoughts on how to be a good writer. When asked the question “what does it take to be a great writer” he offers up the following advice: Be a…

Monthly CEO Letter

A couple months ago we reached a point where we had too many employees to fit in our large conference room for the monthly all-hands meeting. Now, we do weekly team meetings with smaller teams and make sure the meetings have a good, quick pace. Yes, it is more meetings. The good part is that…

Debt Financing as a VC-Backed Benefit

One benefit of venture capital financing that isn’t talked about too often is the ability to raise a substantial additional amount of capital through debt financing. For example, Clearleap is a fast growing Atlanta technology company that raised $9 million in their Series A. Clearly raising that kind of money in their first round shows…

Richard Branson Entrepreneurial Iterations

Late last week I finished the Richard Branson autobiography Losing My Virginity. The book is an entertaining read that provides a great number of stories around the personal and professional life of one of the world’s great entrepreneurs. The name Virgin, as most of Richard’s companies start with, came when they were working on the…

Track Competitor Displacements

Earlier today we had a good conversation about the recent trend we’ve seen where new customers were already vended and came over to us from a competitor. Traditionally we haven’t seen too much competitor displacement as our market is small but growing fast. This might be a sign that our market is maturing but I…