3 Productivity Hacks That Make a Huge Difference

I live in San Francisco. A city where you are constantly being bombarded by the next new shiny gadget, the next billion dollar idea, and the next Mark Zuckerberg. In the midst of all this noise, it is very important to me to focus on the things that will help me...

The Startup Life. Please Don’t Quit.

I wrote this poem because building a startup is probably the hardest thing you will do in your life. I respect and admire all the founders who share their ideas with me. I’m humbled by your grit, and perseverance. There are ideas you want to pursue, there are startups...

How to Raise Venture Capital? First Things First

This goes out to all the entrepreneurs who have yet to think about their businesses in depth and reason from first principles. Before you begin raising money, make sure you have a clear idea of how your product will make money. You should be able to articulate this...

The Paper Resume Will Die — Eventually

The first job that I ever applied to in my life was at a newspaper startup. I remember obsessing over my resume. I had zero work experience. I was fifteen years old. What do you expect? It was the classic chicken and egg problem. They wanted to see some level of work...

The War of Art

I just finished reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. It’s 1:00AM on a Tuesday, and I feel a lot of resistance while writing this. I rather be sleeping right now than writing. It’s the beginning of the week and I have to be up early tomorrow. So the question...

How to Get Into a Startup Accelerator?

In one of my recent posts titled, Startups are F$#%^& Tricky, I wrote a piece that said: As a founder, you need the chutzpah for the dreams and goals you want to pursue. Eat, sleep, exercise and iterate. Remember, execution is key in spite of what the experts...

Why is the Bay Area so Important for Startups?

Story 1. A few years ago, I ran into Ron Conway at a networking event. He is known as one of the most prolific startup investors of all time. I introduced myself to Ron, told him what I was working on, and he immediately introduced me to one of his partners. I later...

Startups are F$#%^& Tricky

uBeam received some not so positive press in the past couple days. I was walking to my neighborhood coffee shop in San Francisco on Thursday, and coincidentally saw Mark Suster walking in the opposite direction. Mark led a $10M round for uBeam. I thought about what it...

3 Ways to Influence People

I was very mischievous and found it easy to get into trouble as a kid. One afternoon, I drew on the kitchen wall with crayons and ended up making quite the mess. My parents weren’t too happy when they found out, but they didn’t know whether it was me or one of my...