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Sean Byrnes

Sean is the founder of Flurry, the leader in advertising and analytics services for mobile applications. He is currently an advisor, mentor and angel investor in the San Francisco bay area. You can read more of his advice and thoughts on building businesses on Sean On Startups and his personal website.

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Advice - Management styles vary as much as the millions of managers out there. Each style has some strength sand each has some flaws, but some are much stronger than others. Sean Byrnes has, at one time or another managed me. I was not the...
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Advice - I belong to a great science fiction writer’s meetup here in the bay area and we have a problem. If you’ve never participated in such a group, the format is simple: each month a few members submit pieces they have written, and...
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Advertising - Recently, it has become popular to brag about how large a business has become without spending a single dollar on marketing. If true, such a statement paints a powerful story about how a product resonates with customers. If they...
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Advice - Currently, I am an advisor/mentor/investor in ten early stage startup companies, three accelerators and one venture fund. I pride myself on spending a lot of time with each company, getting as involved as possible, and, in many...
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Advice - Many startup pitches start off with the simple claim that something is broken. “Email is broken.” “Messaging is broken.” “Advertising is broken.” If you hear too many pitches, you might start wondering how anything gets...
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Advice - The human brain is an amazing thing. In addition to the ability to perform high-level reasoning and split second decision making, the average brain can store over 2.5 petabytes of data. In extreme cases, there are children who have...
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Advice - Understanding your own weakness is very difficult. Most people have a positive self-image; company founders tend to have an extremely positive self-image. That self-confidence is what allows us to persevere when everyone else is...
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Advice - One of the most effective ways to explain something is to use a story. Humans are story-telling creatures; we consume stories (both real and fiction) in every aspect of our lives, for both work and entertainment. When people try...
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Advice - All founders dream of building everlasting public companies that will live on long after they are gone. However, after a few years of struggling and working for free, the idea of being acquired for a nice payday can seem very...
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Advice - In the early days of starting Flurry, my co-founders and I made all of our decisions by consensus. It wasn’t hard, since we had similar opinions and were spending all of our time in development which we knew very well. The...
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Advice - I receive many requests for help from entrepreneurs based on my experience and the content of this blog. While I enjoy helping, I am not always the best person to help depending on the problems you are facing. To help save both...
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Advice - It amazes me how many people cling to the romantic notion of starting a new business in their garage. Garages are typically full of stuff (including your car), poorly lit, and cold due to a lack of insulation. Your garage is also...
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Advice - It is extremely scary to start a new company. The risk of failure is high and the workload is intense, so it’s not a coincidence that few people start companies alone. However, many companies fail not because of their market,...
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Advice - Starting a business from nothing requires you to overcome unreasonable problems constantly. You have no resources, no time, and an infinite list of tasks to complete. In pursuing your goals, you are asking both yourself and your...
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Advice - You have two hours of peak productivity every day. How do you spend them? I just returned from 3 weeks without internet or mobile service, which you might have noticed by the lack of updates. I find it harder and harder to turn...
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Advice - Starting on the first day of your new company, one of your most important jobs will be recruiting a team around you. That includes co-founders, employees and even your supporting cast like lawyers and accountants. Anyone that works...

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