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July 1, 2017

Be There and Execute the Plan Every Day

One question that I get often from newly startup founders is “How do I set my KPIs? How do I know how much money should I make? How do I know how many visitsI should have?” The answer, this early, is only one: be there every day. The KPIs should be initially related to your […]

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June 9, 2017

Subscription Boxes – A great business model :: Newsletter Spotlight

As you know, I send a weekly newsletter with business articles to read, things I find interesting and similar stuff. One of the best-received emails is this one about subscription boxes. I’m putting it here exactly as it was sent because I think it can be interesting for a lot more people than the hundreds […]

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June 2, 2017

Effective or Efficient, Which One Are You?

A lot of people pride themselves on being efficient. And this is not bad. Unless you’re efficient about the wrong things. Which means you’re not being effective. Take this: you have a business selling a hat. And you devise the most efficient marketing plan for selling the hat. But truth is, the hat is bad. […]

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May 25, 2017

If it’s not “Yes”, look for a fast “No”

The best answer you can get to any business request/proposal is, obviously, “yes!”. But what’s the second best? For a long time, I thought that I wanted to hear at least a “maybe”. Or “let’s talk later”. Or “if you do this thing, I might be interested”. Oh, boy, how wrong I was. If it’s […]

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May 12, 2017

The delusion of investor supported startups

I was reading a Reddit thread the other day. A guy was doing an AMA about his startup and had this to say about it: As a result of this, we are now a pretty rare breed of business as we started with no finance, no VC Funding etc etc, we did it the hard […]

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April 26, 2017

Food for Thought: Over Invested, Less Objective

“Because of the amount of money I’d spent, I felt incredibly invested in making sure the car was always perfect. It made me realize that most rich assholes are just too protective of their stuff.” I’ve found this quote on the okdork blog, in this article. While Noah Kagan talks about buying a $70,000 Jaguar […]

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April 19, 2017

I almost quit MavenHut 6 months after starting it

This post was originally published on Medium Context: I’m in Cork now, mentoring the teams at RebelBio, the BioTech accelerator that SOSV created. And I just talked to the cohort of 2017 about how difficult it is to start and grow a business. And I remembered wanting to quit 6 months after starting MavenHut, the gaming […]

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April 11, 2017

What’s it like to start a company?

"I remember the bad parts. If you asked me to start a company now I'd go on a corner and cry" thanks 4 keeping it real @bobbyvoicu @RebelBio pic.twitter.com/6rpzFZB3Nj — Emilia Díaz (@EmiliaDiazCL) April 7, 2017 Last week I’ve talked to the entrepreneurs from the 2017 cohort of RebelBio, in Cork, Ireland. I’m hopeful I’ll […]

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April 9, 2017

RebelBio mentoring in Cork, Ireland

For the next 3-4 months I’ll mostly be in Cork, Ireland, where I’m mentoring the teams for RebelBio, a BioTech accelerator that SOSV has created here about 4 years ago. SOSV is, as some of you may know, the investor in MavenHut and our partner there since 2012. I will actually act as an “entrepreneur […]

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March 18, 2017

Entrepreneurial Europe vs. Asia and US

Asia’s response to Uber’s global ambitions—unlike Europe’s—was primarily entrepreneurial. from The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World I think this is the difference between Europe and Asia (in this case) and USA: we, Europeans, put much more focus on help from legislation and institutions, […]

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