In this talk for StartupMonthly‘s Demo Day I outline the analogies between hacking together software (not the malicious sort!) and hacking/founding companies.
The rundown? You need to just start, even though the road is tough and even though the beginnings may be humble. Find and keep good people everywhere you go. Know what you’re good at and not and find people to fill the holes in your capabilities. Don’t try to hide/protect your ideas – keep an idea board around. Don’t build technology for technology’s sake. Don’t get too caught up in the details and avoid moving forward (“bikeshedding”). Stay close to the money and only raise VC if it’s compatible with where you want to take your business.
In this video, I walk folks at Blackbox through my Guide to Stock & Options and the ins and outs of founder stock, options, term sheets, and more.
This recorded talk comes courtesy The Founder Institute, where I am a mentor.
Many products fail to gain user adoption because they are built from the perspective of a technologist with unnecessary complexities. As I explain in the video below, it’s important to “make the main thing people do with your product as simple as possible” to attract users and give them a feeling of confidence.
In this talk from 2011′s San Francisco Founder Institute, I explain that you need to build products with empathy for the user to create something that resonates. I discuss minimalist design, how to make complex functionality discoverable, efficient product development, and user experience considerations.
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A talk I gave at TEDxValenciaSt in 2011 on the importance of imagining the ideal freed from the constraints of knowing how you’re going to build something!
A talk I gave for Lean Startup Circle at UCSF in 2009.
- Startups are tough (and fast).
- You can’t just count on data (use your gut).
- You’ll need to have lots of bad ideas.
- Even good ideas often need dramatic rework.
A talk I gave at the Peninsula Linux Users’ Group about the history of PBworks.
In this talk for STIRR FounderHacks, I emphasize that founders should have their product do the simplest thing possible and let their users guide (but not design!) their product.