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The Ultimate Startup Checklist

Startup Checklist

By combing the Interwebs, poring through my personal library, and applying my own experience in working with more than 100 startups, I’ve compiled this checklist of 25 items to review and consider as you launch your startup. I hope you find it useful. Decide whether starting a business is right for you and what kind […]

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Starting Up and Escaping a Life of Quiet Desperation

Henry David Thoreau once famously said that, “most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” That statement is likely more true today than it was in the 1840s, when he said it. With increased specialization, many adults sleepwalk through their professional years, operating on a level of minimum consciousness, never fully engaged or alive. They’re just […]

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What Is a Startup?

“Only describe, don’t explain.” ― Ludwig Wittgenstein According to Merriam-Webster, a startup is a fledgling company. According to Wikipedia, it’s a partnership or temporary organization designed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model. According to the Chicago Manual of Style, you spell start-up with a hyphen. But most people who work in the […]

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Speaking of Shakeups

I was very pleased to hear about this on Paul Graham’s twitter feed. Apparently, the good folks over at Spark Capital have decided to buck the trend and pick up their own legal expenses in their future deals. The first time I raised venture capital, over a decade ago, I was hit with the same […]

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Win-Win Lawyering

Many think of the best lawyers as the Johnny Cochrane-Alan Dershowitz types. These are the guys who gained their reputations for in-your-face, no-hold-barred advocacy on behalf of their clients. Having a lawyer like this is important when you’re facing a murder charge. But in most other circumstances, you may want to consider a different advocate. […]

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Culture and Clientele

Recently read a post by Seth Godin about choosing your clientele that resonated with me. I’m defining pandering as using your perception of your customer’s wishes as an excuse to do work you’re not proud of. The public radio station that puts on empty, sensationalist coverage of the current crisis-of-the-year is chasing others down the […]

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Surviving and Thriving in the Age of Excellence

I recently read this post by Lon Harris about the Age of Excellence. It’s powerful insight into what professional life is like today. The gist of the post is that customer reviews are omnipresent. Amazon, trip advisor, yelp, and programs of their ilk provide transparency on all products and services we consume. Being ok at […]

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