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. He was concerned with how to present performance-based incentives to his developers when performance itself is so hard to measure for engineering work. I had a few thoughts to […]
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 try harder (which I’ve done before…and failed), I intend to simply prove it. Stay tuned and see if I’m telling the truth. My newest company is focused on scaling […]
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, I was impressed to find that the President of the New York Fed, William Dudley, sees just how impactful gigs are to the future-of-work. “More twentysomethings today work “gig […]
Hi, I’m Adil Wali. I became a Microsoft certified professional at age 14, started my first web development company, and never looked back. Since then, I’ve been a founder, advisor, and investor to a number of startups in the world of fashion, e-commerce, and education technology.
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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 ‘Mercenary’ entrepreneurs. He described the stark differences between these two types of entrepreneurs in a 2000 interview using some powerful language: Mercenaries are driven by paranoia; missionaries are driven […]