What startups can learn from the May 21 Judgment Day group
So, apparently Judgment Day is this week and I’ll soon be burning in a hell on earth. At least according to Family Radio, the group that believes this. While I obviously think this group is ridiculous, I also think startups can learn from them.
I wrote this in response to a comment on my last post when I found that I had more to say. Usman, thanks for your comment that led to this post.
In terms of “making different mistakes,” here’s some things I’ve learned both from other startups and from my own experience.
- Write down your [...]
I’ve mostly stopped going to hear speakers and prefer instead to meet people after talks take place. But I ended up going to hear Eric Ries speak at Columbia recently and it was the best talk I’ve heard in a long time. Here are some of my notes from his talk. I wish I had [...]
These are all quotes from Peter Drucker. I’m just posting them here for thought and discussion. — Successful leaders don’t start out asking, “What do I want to do?” They ask, “What needs to be done?” Then they ask, “Of those things that would make a difference, which are right for me?” They don’t tackle [...]
(This post was written by Sandeep Sankarankutty)
Ever since we were young, we were told never talk to strangers. As children, this makes sense, it’s for your safety. But as adults why do we still follow this practice? It seems as if there is a lingering fear carried on from childhood, if you talk [...]
How do you serve your audience and how do they repay you?
I was thinking about this yesterday while watching a mariachi band move between subway cars. As a musician myself I’ve always thought that musicians who play in subway cars should play more than one local stop before moving on, for style if nothing [...]
When an education customer asked us for a solution to voice connect schools in the US with schools abroad where there was poor infrastructure we knew we had to test quality. The international schools included those in Kosovo, Qatar and Nigeria so we set out to make some test calls via our system using different [...]
In a speech at CalTech, Richard Feynman (Nobel Laureate in Physics and all-round wildman) talked about “Cargo Cult Science.” He was comparing pseudo-science in some industries to “cargo cults” that emerged in the South Pacific after WWII where isolated islanders would reenact the motions of flight controllers, hoping that would get cargo-laden planes to land [...]
Back during the 1849 California Gold Rush, few prospectors struck it rich. Most of the people who made money back then were those who “sold shovels” or provided other services to the same miners who traveled far to live hard lives panning for gold.
Is it any different today?
In the Gold Rush that [...]
With the Startup – Rockband comparison nicely described, here’s a reason that gets too little notice in benefits of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is an excuse to talk to someone. I remember hearing Jeff Pulver remark that much social networking activity comes from loneliness. While entrepreneurship is not at all the same as social networking, [...]