Show up and do the work
Here’s a thought exercise and experiment to try for the new year. Don’t set any goals. Get rid of all expectations you have of yourself. Especially those influenced purely by time, age, perception, or earning the admiration of others. Stop comparing your station in life with someone else’s. Don’t judge your ability to do something…
Thoughts on the state of PM tools
How can project/product development tools help us work on the right things and save us from working on the inconsequential?
I am just back from watching some amazing stand-up comedians do their thing at Comedy Central in New York city. One thing I noticed this time while watching them entertain the audience, something that hadn’t occurred to me before, is the importance of developing your own authentic style of funny. This is very apparent when…
Teams That Ship
Simple strategies to never lose sight of the most important weapon in a startup — shipping. Just over a year and a half ago, my Co-founder Kate asked me if I wanted to build products for the moving industry — an industry where a majority of businesses today run on pen and paper, or outdated software. A few months…
When the best insights in the room may not be yours.
While watching the fantastic “Becoming Warren Buffet” documentary, I realized something, which I have to admit had eluded me or may be I was too afraid to admit. In his early investing days, Buffet was mostly into “cigar butt” stocks – cheap stocks of poorly performing companies that had “one last puff” left in them.…
Love this line from The Gates Foundation 2017 Annual Letter (https://www.gatesnotes.com/2017-Annual-Letter) Your success didn’t create your optimism; your optimism led to your success.
Charlie Munger speaks..
If you’re glued together, honorable, get up every morning and keep doing it, keep learning everyday, and you’re willing to go in for a lot of deferred gratification in your life you’re gonna succeed. It may not be as much as you want but you’re going to succeed. The main thing is to keep in…
What to do about the competition?
A few days ago, I panicked when I saw a competitor do something we had planned. I couldn’t shake off that moment of desperation when I realized we won’t be first to market with this. A few days have gone by and I’m fairly settled and sure about our position now, and I worry less about the competition.…
On dating apps
The funny thing about today’s successful Tinder-ization of dating apps is they have completely bastardized the dating experience that they set out to make better. Instant gratification, short attention spans, and tyranny of choice rule the roost. The irony is that there are undoubtedly more people available and accessible (within a swipe’s reach) to date, yet we end up…
21 day report of “doing your own thing”
I left my job at CrunchBase about 3 weeks ago. A few thoughts on my first 3 weeks working full-time on my venture: – you will have unproductive/unmotivated days. This came as a bit of a surprise to me. I expected that working on my own thing would mean I wouldn’t have a single day where I…