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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May 4, 2017

How I use Reddit and how to make the site useful for you

During the last 6 months I found myself using Reddit more and more. I’ve had a Reddit account for the last 10 years or so, since the times of Digg, Delicious and StumbleUpon. The reason I didn’t really use it until recently, though, is that I thought the site was crowded with things I didn’t […]

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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 20, 2017

Online services and tools I pay for

I was going last week through my “spring cleaning” of things I use online. I’m not talking about the business tools, but the services and tools I use, for my own, personal benefit. So I thought it might be interesting for you to read an article about all the things I can vouch for since […]

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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 — 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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April 3, 2017

Book review: Alex Ferguson – My Autobiography

I’ve been surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Alex Ferguson managed Manchester United, arguably one of the biggest football clubs in the world, for almost 30 years. His view of management, especially people management, since he worked with multiple generations of footballers, is extremely insightful. I now have a better understanding of how […]

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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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