I recently watched a good Q&A with Jack Dorsey at Oxford University. The video is a bit long and includes some history about himself and founding of Square and Twitter. I scribbled down some key takeaways (starting from around 45 min into the video). Instrumentation is important. Twitter didn't have any in the early days. … Continue reading Hiring, Communication and Investors: Takeaways from Jack Dorsey Interview at Oxford University (Video)
I started HubLogix (formerly eCommHub) in late 2009 while still a senior in high school. After 6 years on the rollercoaster and growing the business to 30 employees with $7.5M raised, here’s what I’d probably do differently next time around. Disclaimer: These lessons are specific to my own experiences and may not translate directly into … Continue reading 9 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting My First SaaS Business
Magento is one of the most powerful e-commerce systems out there. Yet, it's also one of the most cumbersome to get up and running with and then maintain, partly because of its steep learning curve, but also because you have to deal with hosting it yourself. This is why I sometimes recommend more elegant, but … Continue reading Magento’s Project Stratus (Magento without the hassle)
I sort of touched on this issue for one my recent answers on Quora, but basically a domain name shouldn't dictate what the name of your startup should be. Godaddy recently made .CO the default for new domain names. Of course part of the reason they did this is because they make more money off … Continue reading Don’t choose a name for your startup based on domain availability
Having multiple Gmail or Google Apps email accounts can be hard to manage. So it was kind of exciting when Google announced their multiple sign-in option a couple weeks ago. However, I was quickly disappointed when I realized you can't be signed into more than a few (I think 3) accounts at once. Besides, it was still … Continue reading Best way to manage multiple Gmail or Google Apps email accounts
Paul Graham gives a really good look at some of the top reasons startups fail. I would say that mistakes #3 and #4 are a big problem right now with everyone trying to piggyback on the Facebook or Foursquare bandwagon.
Some really good advice from Kevin Rose. My favorites: "If you don’t need the money, don’t take it. The more you go without taking funding, the more valuable your startup becomes. Don’t let investors take board seats." I agree. And it's only becoming easier and easier to bootstrap a startup. "Stop thinking you understand your … Continue reading Kevin Rose: 10 Tips for entrepreneurs to succeed