December 12, 2013

Performance Linked Incentives for Engineers

A friend recently asked me about how I might define performance for web developers. It was an interesting question coming from one startup founder to another. […]
November 27, 2013

The New World of eCommerce: An Increasingly Competitive Landscape

To begin, I’d like to say, “I’m back!”  I’m committed to being a better, more frequent, blogger.  Instead of simply stating publicly that I’m going to […]
June 28, 2013

Gigs: the new hope for twentysomethings

I read an interesting article today in the WSJ that talked about the growth in unemployment rate among today’s recent college grads. Nothing super-surprising here. However, […]
June 20, 2013

Missionaries and Mercenaries

John Doerr, the prolific investment partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) who backed Google, Amazon, Intuit, and Twitter, popularized the terminology around ‘Missionary’ and […]
October 11, 2011

How hunger factors into success

I was enjoying dinner recently with an investor friend of mine and we got to talking about the importance of hunger when building a team. It […]
September 2, 2011

Sometimes entrepreneurs need to downshift

Most entrepreneurs I talk to seem to think there are two speeds when it comes to their business: fast and faster. The reality is there’s an […]
August 29, 2011

Why what’s best for the person is ALWAYS what’s best for the company

I often get asked, “What do you do, what’s best for the person or what’s best for the company?” Or, “What happens when what’s best for […]
August 25, 2011

Why we don’t know what we want to be when we grow up

Someone mentioned a research study to me that demonstrated people are terrible at predicting what makes them happy. If you survey them, they’ll list what they […]
August 8, 2011

It’s a great time to start a company. Wrong!

A lot of people liken the ability to raise money as a strong indicator of great timing to succeed as a startup. I can see the […]