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June 29, 2019
How un-sexy things like Supply Chains and Infrastructure will rock your world

How un-sexy things like Supply Chains and Infrastructure will rock your world

And where tech startups should be looking We all know Uber is sexy. AirBnB is sexy, as well as countless delivery apps that let us order food with one swipe. They represent innovation these days. But in all our talks about disruption, we forget the industries that are slowest and most resistant to change. Ones that aren’t directly related to the end consumer, but dictate everything about supply and operations. […]
June 19, 2019
11 Value Proposition errors that keep tech startups at the Kiddie Table

11 Value Proposition errors that keep tech startups at the Kiddie Table

Where your project’s description just doesn’t “click” We like to think that just having an innovative solution is enough. That a great idea can take on the world by itself, and that if we just build our products correctly, people will come and start using them. If that were true, 85% of startups wouldn’t fail in the growth stage. Creating something is a lot of fun. Grinding and putting it out there […]
June 18, 2019
Why websites as we know them are going the way of the dodo

Why websites as we know them are going the way of the dodo

I got into a long argument about SEO with a “growth hacker” ™ the other day. She was talking about how Voice SEO is all the rage and basically the future of all search queries in search engines. This has a few implications: 1. Search queries will be more question-oriented, focused on very specific things that need to spill out only ONE result. These are conversational, long requests we say […]
June 16, 2019
You'd best start believing in the S-curve, fellas. You're in one

You’d best start believing in the S-curve, fellas. You’re in one

The technology lifecycle (both for business and emerging tech) is a thing people often mention. You start with innovators and end with late adopters. First wealthy techies pick up smartphones and eventually grandmas are taught to use a touchepad. This thing: Both pictures are from Wikipedia by the by. This is a mainstream concept researched in fancy academic articles and the like. People have a false idea that once you […]
June 13, 2019
Entrepreneurs vs the Blockchain Paradox

Entrepreneurs vs the Blockchain Paradox

Why the revolution ain’t so inevitable Everyone’s talking about how this tech is supposed to “remove trust from the equation”. And in theory these systems do that, almost any human endeavor can now be accomplished without risk of fraud or flaking out. However, there are important things leaders in the space need to understand: Public doesn’t care about using Blockchain-based stuff to replace existing systems. It’s a debate solely between […]
June 12, 2019
How I dun goofed

How I dun goofed

Yup, I dun goofed big time, folks. I’ll take the long route of explaining how, but the short version is in the quote a few paragraphs below. Feel free to give the rest a pass, it gets personal. If you just scroll until the giant blue link and grab the book, that’s fine by me. Speaking of personal – my list somehow grew about 35% since I last published. No […]
August 5, 2018
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My Beef With Blockchain Tunnel Vision

I have a beef with folks who never worked in fields outside of Blockchain. I call them the tunnel vision folk. Thing is, this place is still full of inflated expectations. It’s one of the most ridiculous niches you can find both in potential awesomeness and financial travesty. And people who had no prior work ethic, discipline or entrepreneurial experience swing our market hard towards that second option. And I’m not […]
August 2, 2018
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Why I’m Paranoid About ICO Advisory Positions

I often get people asking to add my face to the nice little carousel on their website. They offer a generous cut of whatever profits they get and ask me to be an “advisor” with an “o”. When I ask “what do you expect from me?”, they say “… to provide business development and publicity, I guess?” No idea how that help could look like and never tell me what they actually want. They […]
August 1, 2018
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Your Project Is Like That 8 Car Crash I Saw On My Way Here…

“Your project is like that 8 car crash I saw not too long ago…“ I never thought I would say something like this to a fella who wanted to work with me, but here I was. Needless to say, the negotiation stopped dead in its tracks (ba-dum-ts). I actually did see an 8 car crash on the highway not too long ago, while me and my partner were getting to his office. For […]
July 29, 2018
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The Emergency Brake

Before starting with software development my business partner served around 10 years as a ship mechanic. One of his favorite stories is about the way folks would be making fun of the “green” recruits and seeing just how clueless they were. Some of this stuff is out of their hands and comes with experience, some is just general intelligence testing. This story of his falls in the latter category. He was […]