July 25, 2017

How to Handle the Investor Rejections

I was listening recently to Reid Hoffman’s podcast, Masters of Scale. Listen to the third episode, The Beauty of a Bad Idea. I would link directly to it, but the site is weird and there’s no direct link, so find it for yourself. The reason I think you should listen to the episode is that […]

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July 10, 2017

Difficult Investor Questions for the Early Startup Founders

I’ve put together a list of question you should have the answers to by the time you meet your investors. You don’t need a PERFECT answer, but you need a logical and well thought one. Even if it’s wrong, at least it shows the investor you thought about it. The list is generated from my […]

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July 4, 2017

Personal Health and Fitness as a Business

I’ve been up and down in weight a lot in the last 5 years. The lower limit was 96kgs at some point, the upper one was 115kgs. If the start would’ve been 115kgs and the end, today, 96kgs, I’d be happy. But it wasn’t like this. In November 2012 I was 97. In May 2013, […]

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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 25, 2017

The eerie silence of Facebook: Unfollow all

I don’t have that many friends on my personal account on Facebook (I’m not talking about the page). Still, they are about 100-ish. People that write updates, that put links, photos and the likes. But I don’t see any of those. Yes, the screenshot above is how my personal account looks like. Sometimes there’s an […]

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June 22, 2017

I’ve finished the free Practical JavaScript course

And I’m happy about it, so I thought I’d write a blog post. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here it is: a reminder. The course itself is not that difficult, especially if you’ve written code in your lifetime. I understand some things better now (like what this means in a method) and […]

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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 18, 2017

Thinking of coding

I wrote my first piece of code when I was 6 or 7, I think. My best friend’s father – a Maths teacher – was approved by the Romanian Communist Party to buy a Sinclair ZX Spectrum computer. I remember that between playing games, he showed us how to put our name on the screen […]

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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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