November 13, 2017

What Every Angel Investor Wants You To Know

As obvious as much of the content of this book is to me now, I wish I had read this five years ago and had some of the insights to share with some former executives. Much of what the author, Brian Cohen, dives into here can be filed under “duh” when you really think about it, but it’s nevertheless wildly important to really grasp the nuts and bolts of the foundational principles of what angel investors really want to see and how you can get there. Ultimately what it boils down to is the character of the Founder(s) of the company and their grit towards the success of their idea….

October 30, 2017

The Lean Startup

I read this book during my last visit to Chicago, and was pleasantly surprised at how much of what was in this book was not immediate common sense. The usual “don’t waste money” and “be realistic” was obviously abound, but the overall message of the book focused far more on specific philosophies of operating lean, rather than simply the financial sense most of us focus on. In the truest sense, the author focuses on the sentiments of doing meaningful things and being able to adopt quickly when those “things” change with the market(s). Being lean doesn’t simply mean paying your staff the lowest they’re willing to accept anymore; it means…

September 30, 2016

Cigars & Startups

One of the major reasons for moving to Seattle was to become more engaged in a culture that avidly supports technology and “the web.” Through Meetups I discovered a group I could not pass up the opportunity to join and was very pleasantly surprised to be rewarded with such excellent company, brilliant minds, and cigars! It didn’t hurt that the gathering happened on a rooftop in Downtown Seattle with a spectacular view of the city either. We will see what comes of this and other wonderful people I have had the privilege of meeting since relocating, but so far the opportunities have been spectacular and I am thrilled to see…