Recycling Talent in a Startup Community

Most startups fail — it’s inevitable. What isn’t inevitable is that the talented people that learned lessons during the failure go back to normal, non startup jobs. In fact, people usually learn more from their failures than from their successes, and post failure is a great time to join another startup so that the lessons…

Look for Startup Ideas that Aren’t Unique

One of the most common refrains from people interested in being an entrepreneur, but haven’t taken the entrepreneurial plunge, is that they don’t have a good idea. My immediate response to the “I don’t have a good idea” statement is “what ideas do you have?” Almost always, an idea is presented followed by the fact…

Rolling out Roadmaps in a Startup

One of the more delicate, and demanding, documents in a startup is the product roadmap. After getting feedback followed by buy-in from the different constituents, it becomes time to rollout the roadmap to customers, team members, analysts, and prospects (some pre-sale engagements sell the vision of what’s to come in the product). Here are some…

Favorite Cloud-Based Web Apps for Startups

One thing I like to stay current with is web-apps that are popular among startups. It’s amazing how good and how powerful apps have gotten over the past five years. Here’s what I believe to be the most popular cloud-based web apps for startups: Help desk – Zendesk and Desk.com Project management – Trello and Basecamp…

Thankful for So Much

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States and a great time to reflect and give thanks. As an optimistic and positive person, I try my hardest to give thanks and be appreciative on a regular basis. It’s so easy to get caught up in day-to-day life that I forget to take a step back and…

Outfitting a Great Creative Tech Office

One area I enjoy obsessing over is the physical office environment and office space. The people component of any business is much more important than the actual office that people work out of but the physical environment is often a manifestation of the company’s culture. So, if you had unlimited budget to outfit the ultimate…