For the past few years, the trend has been to be mobile first and it’s the end all to be all. There’s this thought that being built for a mobile device was the final frontier and the biggest shift we’ve ever seen. What if it’s just the first shockwave of a big earthquake? What if it was part of the real big trend that’s playing out. Keep in mind, the Post PC era is only really 4 years old (the post pc era started in my mind right around when the iPad came out and iPhone+Android were clearly going to be winners). Something struck me quite bluntly when reading through and paying attention to Dropbox’s DBX conference. It’s the fact that we live in a world where it’s not going to be 2-3 screens – tablet, mobile, and desktop. It’s going to be a world where we will be using…Continue Reading
“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.” – Vince Lombardi Let’s take this scenario: Think of the difference between shiny new Prada shoes and those from Steve Madden. Both are brand new, look very similar, but cost a whole lot more. You can get a good pair of Steve Madden’s for under $75, whereas a pair of men’s Prada shoes start at just about $500. Over time though, the difference between the two becomes more than just price. The Steve Maddens wear down very fast and begin to break. The Prada shoes will last for years to come after being beat up day in and day out. At the breaking points, at the wear and tear,…Continue Reading
A lot of people are debating Foursquare’s valuation after they announced a new 41 million dollar round. It’s long term mission and value is something way more than whatever you could come up with today. I think it’s a moot point: Foursquare is a priceless company. Here’s why: “What Google built to drive you to what you want in the online virtual world, Foursquare is building in the offline real world.”   Offline commerce is still bigger We love to talk about online and e-commerce, especially with the meteoric rise of companies such as Fab.com and being able to buy anything with Amazon. Online commerce is only 5% of commerce, when compared to offline commerce and spending aka the other 95%. No one has dominated building a technology to help people find a way to spend the remaining 95% of dollars offline and I think Foursquare is it. Legendary companies…Continue Reading
//This post originally was published at Onstartups, where you can check out more of my writing Everyone thinks that being a startup CEO is a glamorous job or one that has to be a ton of fun. That’s what I now refer to as the “glamour brain” speaking aka the startup life you hear about from the press. You know the press articles I’m talking about… the ones that talk about how easy it is to raise money, how many users the company is getting, and how great it is to be CEO. Very rarely do you hear about what a bitch it is to be CEO and how it’s not for every founder that wants to be an entrepreneur. I’ve spent a lot of time recently thinking about what it takes to be a great Startup CEO that is also a founder. Here are some of the traits I’ve…Continue Reading
You’re a junior or senior either majoring in english or PR and want to get a fast track into the publishing industry. My book, The Ultralight Startup , launches this spring. It’s published by Penguin Publishing, an imprint of Pearson, one of the world’s largest publishers in the world. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get fast tracked into the world of book publishing whether you are an aspiring editor, author, or publicist. More about the role and how to apply are below! More About Myself And The Book… Book Description From The Jacket The Ultralight Startup is the book I wish I had when I was starting out five years ago. The Ultralight Startup offers a surefire plan for building an astoundingly successful tech startup for anyone with nothing more than a good idea and a lot of passion. It’s easier than ever before to launch…Continue Reading