I'll start with one of my favorite thoughts, by Alex Haley in his essay "The Shadowland of Dreams":
Many a young person tells me he wants to be a writer. I always encourage such people, but I also explain that there’s a big difference between “being a writer” and writing. In most cases these individuals are dreaming of wealth and fame, not the long hours... (more)
I encounter startup planning questions almost daily since most startups I work with struggle with the best way to plan and operate their businesses. I wrote this post somewhat in self defense - I needed a starting point to refer people to that outlines my thinking on why planning is important, ho... (more) Founders and executives at growing startups often ask this question for a few reasons:
- A new generation of Silicon Valley critics (I'm looking at you, Valleywag) is slapping the labels "jerk," "asshole," and "psychopath" on any startup leader who exhibits the slightest bit of aggressive or compe...