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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 - 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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Advice - Starting a company is very hard. You put every ounce of your energy into the new business, fighting for every new customer and struggling to make ends meet. In the midst of the chaos, it is very easy to lose track of whether you are...
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Advice - I spend a lot of my time advising and mentoring entrepreneurs, including coaching at three awesome accelerators. Since almost all the companies I work with are at the pre-seed stage, I end up hearing the same questions quite a lot....
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Advice - In the past few months, almost every discussion I have with founders who recently started their companies start the same way. “We are really excited to have you help us, do you know of any investors that might want to...
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Advice - Hiring is a lot like fighting a fire, if you wait too long to deal with it then it might have already burnt your house down. In the early days of your new company (even when it’s just you), there are always a ton of great reasons to...
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Advice - Founders note: We will do a story on any NYC Startup that completes this challenge this weekend and documents it on video. You must submit it to us by 10/20. Reach us at dispatch@alleywatch.com.  Here’s a fun weekend experiment...
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Advice - Startup culture is an elusive thing. Everyone agrees that you need to have a great one, but no one can really define what it is and what makes a given culture “great”. You can read books about legendary corporate cultures like...
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Advice - If you gave a random person your product for the first time, do you think they will immediately become a loyal customer? Maybe not for most products but definitely for your product, right? Right. Creating demand for your product...
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Advice - Are your customers happy? Such a simple question is remarkably difficult to answer. You could ask them, but rarely will someone tell you their honest opinion of you. You could wait and see if they remain customers (unhappy...
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Advice - A significant amount of your time is spent selling when starting a company. Assuming you are good at selling your company/product/vision, you will often get to the point where you need to close the deal. In between the selling and...
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Advice - There are an infinite number of blogs (including this one*) that provide advice and insight into starting companies. Many of them will have flashy posts like “5 characteristics of successful entrepreneurs” or “10 things that...
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Advice - When you design the user experience for your products, it is important to remember that every product actually has three different user experiences. These three experiences exist because you have three types of customers and each...

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