Archive for the ‘Business’ Category

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:


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.

Sales Statistics: Power of follow-up

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

This reminds me of a technology vendor that used to call me again and again and again. I was a Dell guy… always buying my stuff from Dell. But this lady that called me, she wanted my business.  She was a bit on the aggressive side, but she asked for my business, she asked for a shot.

And one day, she got it.  And for the stuff I bought from her, I didn’t go back to Dell.  She earned it. She won it.  She wanted it. She persisted.


Choose a programming language best for your career?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

If you have done any programming, you’ll know that programmers like to talk about which language is best. The conversation can be very passionate.  Here’s a great blog post and video on this topic:

Josh James Startup Rules

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Two or three years ago I saw Josh James present at some networking thing in Salt Lake.  I think we walked away with a little book with his startup rules, which I found really interesting.

I recently found the rules online: My Startup Rules

Some of this might be offensive, but considering his success (1.8B sale to Adobe, and I’m guessing he’ll sell his next company for over a billion), you gotta admit, he knows a thing or two about business!

Maptia: A World of Stories

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

I found this site on a quora question (I think).  It is really quite cool – I love the idea of travel, but it’s not easy for me to get out and see any of these places.  Check it out here: