Category: Takes

  • Micro Arcologies?

    Micro Arcologies?

    We have a housing problem, often because homeowners oppose the construction of new housing in established communities. We also have a lifestyle #sustainability problem: our cities sprawl inefficiently, with an impact on climate. We’re also seeing a surge in interest in tiny homes, remote working, and walkable urban centers. What if we combined all this,…

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  • Startup Common Sense, Part 1

    Startup Common Sense, Part 1

    Startups fail at a rate of 90%, mostly because they fail to find product-market fit before running out of resources. Building a product soaks up resources and *isn’t necessary* to test PMF. So the logical conclusion…

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  • The Next 4 Things Every Startup Team Should Do

    The Next 4 Things Every Startup Team Should Do

    So you’re past the first ten seconds of your new venture. Now it’s time to clarify what you’re actually doing. Here’s what to do next.

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  • The First Ten Seconds: 7 Steps Every New Venture Should Take Immediately

    The First Ten Seconds: 7 Steps Every New Venture Should Take Immediately

    You just spent the day at a hackathon (or in your basement) and you came up with an idea that gets you and your team totally excited. Now what?

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  • Why Agile Estimates Suck – And What To Do About It

    Why Agile Estimates Suck – And What To Do About It

    Engineering is always in the crosshairs. No matter how much pressure you bring to bear, only so much is going to make it through. And the whole process sucks. Here’s what to do about it.

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  • Most of What I Know About Entrepreneurship I Learned from Phineas and Ferb

    Most of What I Know About Entrepreneurship I Learned from Phineas and Ferb

    Phineas and Ferb are builders. Makers, really. They dream up and create wonderful, imaginative, fantastic stuff – not to compete or profit, but because it’s worth doing.

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  • My Top 5 Startup Movies

    My Top 5 Startup Movies

    As a lifetime “movie guy” and long time startup activist, I love a good startup movie. Here are my top picks – and the ones I’m NOT fond of.

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  • Motivational Content for Entrepreneurs in the Dip

    Motivational Content for Entrepreneurs in the Dip

    “The Dip” is Seth Godin’s term for the period following the initial excitement of starting something. It’s the hardest part of being a founder.

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  • Not Enough Unicorn 

    Not Enough Unicorn 

    Many would-be founders imagine themselves at the helm of a juggernaut startup that rockets them to immortality. This is both extremely unlikely and harmful.

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  • Is AI your Copilot or your Concierge?

    Is AI your Copilot or your Concierge?

    As the hype around generative AI begins to subside somewhat, more reasonable questions are starting to emerge. For me the question isn’t “will AI take my job?” but how SHOULD AI work?

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