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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 -I have many conversations with founders that start with “I need…” “I need to raise money.” “I need to hire more people.” “I need to find some more customers.”It is very easy to develop tunnel vision when...
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Advice -When I was a first-time founder, I aspired to be completely in control. All of my role models were passionate visionaries who appeared to have all the right answers. I thought the role as the founder was to be sure of what to do in...
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Advice - One of the things I struggle tracing with as an artist is a constant inferiority complex. Although I am a pretty good illustrator, I feel like I am a complete novice whenever I spend time on art sites and see the amazing work done by...
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Advice - Not all of your customers will love you. In fact, many of them will not even like you. In my career building products and services, I have been referred to as: an idiot, a moron, incompetent, a joker, and many, many more offensive...
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Advice -Starting a company is like entering a tunnel. There is so much for you to do that you have no time to look around, so your world shrinks. You are so busy moving from problem to problem that it gets harder and hard to think about...
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Advice - Many first time founders set their company goals based on what they can do. They focus on product improvements they can make, how many customers/users they can acquire, and which employees they can hire. All of this...
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Advice -Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has taken the technology world by storm. Nowadays, all new software companies are SaaS, which simply means they are based in the cloud and have subscription pricing. With the exception of mobile...
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Advice - I recently completed my end of year personal feedback process. I have long been an advocate of collecting personal feedback because I try to live my life as a process of continuous improvement. How can I improve if I don’t know...
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Advice - This happens to every founder at some point. You realize building your business is harder than you expected. You have been working for a few years without finding breakaway growth. The team is tired and losing some of their passion,...
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Advice - When I show people prototypes of projects I am working on these days, the most common response is: “You built this? You still code?” I used to wish they would focus on the prototype rather than my coding skills, but as of late I...
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Advice - As a founder, you are constantly facing impossible odds. The natural reaction is to surround yourself with very supportive people, the kinds of people that believe in your vision and believe you can overcome those impossible odds. In...
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Advice - There has been a lot written about how to effectively manage your time as a leader when building a new company. Paul Graham has a famous essay where he divides the needs of the engineer from the needs of the manager through...
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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...