Everyone talks about starting companies — yet no one ever tells us how to shut them down. That’s because by the time startups go into this dark, hazy abyss called “shut down” mode, things get really quiet. We stop hearing from Founders, investors start talking about other “hot new investments,” and the media has moved […]
By definition, a startup is a torrent of anxiety. We’re swan diving headlong into the abyss. We’re likely doing things we’ve never done before with products that have never existed before. So let’s just start off by admitting we’re all freaked out and it’s a big problem and we all need to figure this shit out.
The worst we can do as Founders is holding on too tightly to a startup that’s not meant for this world. It’s not about giving up — it’s about knowing when to move on.
We all dream about it. We all build this amazing fantasy of getting The Big Check and going on a shopping spree with “Bentleys and Benjamins”. But, once the fanfare wears off — What actually happens to all of us?
Startups have to shed their skin in order to grow. If we don’t recognize the importance of this change and deal with the consternation it inevitably brings — we’re doomed to fail.
I won the startup game by opting out of it. Instead, I focused on my own business and stopped worrying about what everyone else was doing.
Not every passion pays well. However instead of starting with “what will make the most money?” and hoping you like it, try starting with what you’re most passionate about and figure out how to do that profitably.
What if I told you the perfect idea is a myth? We all know what the myth looks like – it’s this moment of inspiration where it’s so obvious that the world will love your idea for the Double Decker Couch. You rush downstairs in your PJs and begin a montage scene going from blueprint, to big […]
Launching a startup can happen really quickly. Making it a real business — Now, that takes a lot of time. But how much time does it take to make a startup successful? I get asked this question a lot. The short answer is it takes at least 4 years just to get pointed toward a […]
Startups aren’t about big announcements. They are about being in the trenches every day getting just one more small victory. We all love celebrating the big wins with big announcements. We celebrate when we raise a big funding round. (By the way, you shouldn’t – that’s like celebrating taking on more student loan debt. It […]
Walk through Jason Nazar’s mind as he sold Docstoc to Intuit. A play by play guide for all founders when considering selling their company.