you don't have to be an ass to network
There seems to be a strange virus propagating through networking events. Main manifestation: being a jerk and throwing the word “network” around. Not really sure why or where that came from, though I have some theories. I think that there is a perception among certain people that the best way to get respect, connections, and deals is to drop names and list accomplishments. By doing...
the mobile web is rewiring my brain
My trip to California last week brought an ugly truth to light: the way that I interact with the world has changed because of the mobile web. It’s not often that I can so easily trace behavioral modification to a specific event, or series of experiences. Sure, I know that I love Led Zeppelin because my brother forced me to listen to it when I was 7 (he was scared I would be sucked into a...
today, I learned the power of the mobile internet
Josh, Ryan, and I landed at SFO yesterday knowing we needed a car, but without having reserved one yet. Normally, I’d never do something like that (I generally have all hotel reservations and confirm numbers written down in a notebook…), but we were in a rush, and, having checked Kayak the night before, I figured we could just walk up to the counter and get the $40 rate I had seen at...
why we fight
Eight months ago I left finance to do…something involving startups. Seven months ago, Josh and I had our first conversation. Four months ago, our customer development process told us we were onto something. Two and a half months ago, we convinced Ryan to join our crazy scheme. A few hours ago, we put our first prototype out in the wild. Woah. I’ve never had a feeling quite like this....
I was catching up with my buddy Mike Polansky the other day, and our conversation turned to the reason why a mutual friend, who is very considerate, seems to fail at returning emails, phone calls etc. I had been pissed off about it, but Mike’s point, which is something I’ve thought about before but had not crystallized, is that we simply have too many different methods of communication...