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/* This was originally a comment made in response to a hacker news thread titled:  Ask HN: How to become a millionaire in 3 years? .  The comment has over 200 upvotes, which means people found it useful. I decided to add more thoughts, refine existing ones, and put it in a permanent place. This is just my own humble advice and I hope it’s useful for entrepreneurs.  */ I move forward the only direction Cant be scared to fail in Search of perfection -Jay-Z, On To The Next One I’m going to go and replace 3 years with a “short time frame”. Some things to focus on: Market opportunity- A million dollars is not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but it certainly is a lot if the market opportunity is not large enough. Even if you put Bill Gates and Steve Jobs as founders in a…Continue Reading
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If you haven’t heard of Quora, you should certainly try to get an invite and check it out (I’ll give one away in the comments).  It’s a social Q&A site from a bunch of early Facebook employees.  Crunchbase has a better explanation here, but the best way to experience Quora is to use the product itself.  In my mind, Quora has already crossed the threshold of being what I refer to as “Google Useful”.  Google’s obviously good at performing searches that are routine and really popular like: What is the population of Miami or who is Paul Graham?  The real value of Google is throwing it a long term search term, one which it may have never even experienced before, and getting back useful information.  This is what I call “Google Useful”: Getting back relevant results for a random real life scenario that may not be frequently be asked or…Continue Reading
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First off, the title is meant to get a point across.  The statement of Microsoft Excel being the world’s most used database may or may not be true, but it would be a fair statement  to claim that “An alarmingly large number of individuals use Microsoft Excel to store non-numeric arrays of information that should probably be stored in a database / be created by a simple web application”.  Despite all of the technology advancements we have today there is still no solution for the age old problem of using Microsoft Excel as a database for keeping track of information and basic businesses processes.  The logic behind this post has been in my head for years, but the inspiration for it finally came about when I was sitting in on a pitch an entrepreneur was giving to my friend Adam at True Ventures.  Part of the conversation went something like…Continue Reading
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There’s been a lot of discussion going on whether Facebook is an evil company.  There’s also a lot of talk going on about whether Zuck knows what he’s doing or if he should step down.  I don’t really plan on discussing those issues since it’s not my place.  Zuck’s done a great job carrying the company to 500 million users and he doesn’t need someone else piling on.  What I do want to discuss are the five suggestions that Calacanis put forth at the end of his most recent post.  They are insanely important issues and great suggestions whether I agree with all of them or not.  These suggestions boil down the industry’s frustration with Facebook. Add an export key. I don’t care about features.  I care about benefits.  Adding an export key is a feature. The notion behind this makes tons of sense, but Facebook is already doing this in…Continue Reading