Category: Startups

I’m Joining UTU Full Time!

I’ve been consulting for UTU for about seven months now, but I am excited to announce that I’ll be joining the team full-time as Chief Commercial Officer! UTU’s mission is to become the trust infrastructure of the entire internet, replacing anonymous star ratings, reviews, and scores as the de facto trust mechanisms of our digital […]

Is the startup you’re building big or cool enough?

I think about this a lot. Is WinOptix is a big enough idea? Is my target market big enough? Is the concept interesting or impactful enough? A lot of this “big enough” doubt comes from reading a lot of tech and startup news. “Startup X raises $50 million dollars and now is worth $2 billion.” […]

Is it good to be your own customer?

Being your own customer comes with pros and cons. Many startup founders and investors say that it’s a good thing to “scratch your own itch” or “be your own customer”. By this they mean that if you identify problems that you face yourself, you’ll have a true understanding on how to solve that problem, and […]

It’s amazing how one person can change the dynamic of your team

Starting a few months ago, the lead developer for WinOptix, Dave, had less and less time to work on the project, so I was tasked to find another developer to help out. On my search I went. I emailed developers in my network, posted on discussion boards, and reached out to LinkedIn contacts. I found […]

What if things went right?

When presented with a difficult or speculative decision, many people’s first thoughts would be about what could go wrong. But what if things went right? I’ve invested some money into Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies and frequently have conversations with others about this. Some of the negative things I hear are: Have fun losing your […]

What’s your thesis of the best path to success?

There’s a great Twitter thread that I took part in that was started by Josh Felser, investor at Freestyle Capital. Here is Josh’s initial tweet: I still can’t fund founders who are waiting to quit their jobs before they go full time. I get the financial constraint but I want to back founders who are so compelled […]

The plight of the non-technical startup founder

Tech startups are hard. You need all kinds of people to make a startup successful. Depending on the type of product you’re building. who your customer is (consumer vs. enterprise), what stage you’re in, and other factors, you’ll need product leaders, software developers, sales reps, marketers, designers, operators, recruiters, administrators, and many other roles. But […]

I saw a therapist today for the first time

Yup, I went to a therapist today. First time ever. Over the last couple of months, I’ve been having very odd dreams where certain scenes and scenarios repeat themselves. There are certain buildings that I’ve never seen in real life popping up in dreams over and over again. I sometimes find myself in a vehicle on […]

A look back to 2017 and forward to 2018

At the beginning of this year, I didn’t make any resolutions like “lose 5 pounds” or “work out 3 times a week.” Rather, I just vowed to be more focused, disciplined, and consistent in work and life. Let’s see how I did, and what’s in store for 2018. Looking back to 2017 Focus For 2017, […]