Resource: Sam Altman’s Startup Playbook

Y Combinator’s Sam Altman has put together a “playbook” of the advice and insight commonly shared with founders of the startups they fund. You can view it in HTML and epub here and listen to it online here (but not,…

Burn rate (4): black beans and rice (or: cutting costs for a longer runway)

Of course, efficiency is a virtue. Waste is… wasteful, makes everyone worse at their jobs, and reduces the number of possibilities open to you and your team. Knowing where it goes Good financial management is essential for this, of course:…

The switch (2)

“What am I hoping to get?” Once we’ve admitted to ourselves that we’re doing our work (at least partly) for ourselves, we can think more clearly about our motives by asking “What am I hoping to get from doing this?”…

Resources: Steve Blank Playlist

If you’re not familiar with Steve Blank, start here: The Principles of Lean “No business plan survives first contact with customers.” On Acting on Customer Discovery If you’re going to go out and discover whether customers like your idea or…

Steve Blank: definition of a startup

I’m horrified to discover that I haven’t posted anything much focusing on Steve Blank’s work on Startups, customer discovery and iteration. His definition of a startup is a great place to start: A startup is a temporary organization formed to…

Resources: Clayton Christensen on disruptive innovation

Clayton Christensen’s The Innovators Dilemma is a business classic, providing a framework for understanding how technological or business model innovations (or more usually, both) allow new businesses to gain a foothold in markets or to create new ones. It’s been…

The innovation in your head…

… isn’t an innovation yet. Our definition of innovation refers to something rather specific: A change in the processes by which an organization transforms labor, capital, materials and information into products and services of greater value. Clayton Christensen, Efosa Ojomo…

Seth Godin on listening to feedback

The most important thing to remember now a simple sentence: “It’s not for you.” … So you run an Indian restaurant on 6th Street in New York and you have a $24 spicy vindaloo, if you finish it you get…

A balancing act for leaders (1)

Some types of work that leaders do: Foundational and Directional Work This is the vision and values stuff – identifying needs, thinking through the “why” of the project, articulating its importance and sharing the vision and values with those both…

Good enough to enjoy it

Running is unpleasant until you get fit. Swimming is the struggle to avoid drowning, until you can swim. Writing of any kind can be a horrible sort of trudge through fog until you’ve done it enough to trust the process…