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[10 Apr 2009 | Comments Off | ]

I had the pleasure of appearing on the Andy Bumatai show and we mostly talked about startups, entreprenuering, and the school of hard knocks. I suggest you take a look at it. I think you’ll like it.
Two things to think about, (1) Is what we actually talked about and (2) is that Andy has what I think is an interesting model of taking shows online. I think he’s got something here.

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[30 Apr 2007 | Comments Off | ]

I’m a big fan of Paul Graham and had the pleasure to meet him personally when I spoke @ MIT about one of my inventions (PDF).
If you’re pondering starting up a tech company and are looking for money, I suggest you read his essay, “The Hacker’s Guide to Investors“.
In classic Graham style, he’s talking to you, the geek. Good stuff. Read it.
Paul covers these points:

1. The investors are what make a startup hub.
2. Angel investors are the most critical.
3. Angels don’t like publicity.
4. Most investors, especially …

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[22 Oct 2006 | Comments Off | ]

Guy Kawasaki’s blog excerpted a few points from ” Geek Marketing 101“, which I think offers from very straight and simple (i.e. elegant) marketing points and they are:

Marketing is not a department.
Marketing is a conversation, but most people don’t speak geek.
Simplicity does not negate complexity.
Think what, not how?
Think will, not can.
Only you RTFM.
Technical Support is marketing.
You’re not marketing to people who hate marketing.
You’re not marketing to people who hate technology products.
Marketing demystifies.

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[17 Oct 2006 | Comments Off | ]

I had the pleasure and honor of hanging w/ Paul Graham a few years ago and love what he writes. Here’s his “18 Mistakes That Kill Startups” :

Single Founder
Bad Location
Marginal Niche
Derivative Idea
Hiring Bad Programmers
Choosing the Wrong Platform
Slowness in Launching
Launching Too Early
Having No Specific User in Mind
Raising Too Little Money
Spending Too Much
Raising Too Much Money
Poor Investor Management
Sacrificing Users to (Supposed) Profit
Not Wanting to Get Your Hands Dirty
Fights Between Founders
A Half-Hearted Effort

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[17 Oct 2006 | Comments Off | ]

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Date: Friday, October 20, 2006, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
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This year’s IPL Conference, “Turning New Technologies & Creative Ideas Into Profits”, will focus on practical business models, marketing methods, and licensing resources to assist Hawaii entrepreneurs, business professionals, and investors with selling or licensing technology inventions …