Archive for the ‘Business’ Category

Avoiding startup failure

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

This is an excellent article by VC Mark Suster:

How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails

Good timing to read this while I’m starting a new venture (still withing JibberJobber).

Twitter, LI, JJ: how to make them bigger and better

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Here’s an excellent write-up about how Twitter could be more awesome:

How Twitter could be 10X bigger, 100X more profitable, and 1000X more awesome

Elements from this could apply to many businesses… very cool stuff.

Advice for youth to make money

Monday, March 7th, 2016

This post has profanity in it, so read it and if you want, edit it out before giving it to your kids.  Otherwise, it’s a great post by one of my favorite authors.

The best advice I gave my teenage daughter who wants to make money

And this advice is not just for kids. I’ve given similar advice to adults… read it :)

Brilliant: The Website Obesity Crisis

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

The Website Obesity Crisis: longer-than-normal, but seriously brilliant.

More Startup Employee Thoughts

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Here’s another fascinating article about working for a startup: Candid Advice For Those Joining The Startup World: Sleep With One Eye Open

This is long, but worth the read if you are considering working at a startup.

The author wrote an ebook, which is currently priced at $85, titled How to Engineer Your Layoff. The idea is to get a package that is worth something awesome. My package was pretty lame, and I know my company would not have done anything more than what they did.  But I bet this $85 is a terrific investment if you work for a company or people with integrity.

Open Salary, Open Equity, Transparency

Monday, January 4th, 2016

From Friday’s article, I clicked through and started reading these posts which are fascinating. They talk about how to come up with employee compensation in a startup, and sharing those numbers with complete transparency.

Introducing Open Equity: Buffer’s Equity Formula and Full Individual Breakdown (April 14, 2014)

Introducing Open Salaries at Buffer: Our Transparent Formula and All Individual Salaries (Dec 19, 2013)

Buffer’s compensation and equity spreadsheet: fascinating!

Joel Spolsky post which inspired Buffer on this (on GitHub)

Getting Rich in, or Working for, a Startup

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Got a link to this great article from Tim Ferris’ newsletter:  How to get rich in tech, guaranteed.

Great read.

History of Pluralsight / Early Interview with Aaron Skonnard

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Check out this fun interview with Aaron Skonnard from August of 2012: Bootstrapping an Online Education Company to $12M: Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard (Part 1)

It’s a long but entertaining read.

Freemium and The Penny Gap

Monday, December 28th, 2015

I read this article shortly after launching JibberJobber (the article came out about 10 months after we launched). This is a MUST READ for anyone doing freemium.

The Penny Gap

MVP: Product Management

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Great conversation on Quora about lean company/product development. I continually have stuff my developers work on that I refer to as Phase I or Phase II, etc.  Here’s a visualization of what I really need:

mvp_lean

As a product manager, the message is that each phase of developing a minimum viable product (MVP) is a functional step towards the end goal.  So each phase is usable.  Super important.