Veterans Day 2016

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Favorites, skmurphy

A thank you on Veterans Day 2016 to all of the men and women in our armed forces who made the United States possible, in particular this  Silicon Valley oasis of invention and innovation I get to call home. Some quotes to meditate on follow.

How Do I Move From Being Capable to Offering Expert Consulting?

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in 2 Open for Business Stage, 4 Finding your Niche, Consulting Business, skmurphy

Offering expert consulting means developing a specialization and focus that enable you to execute with distinction. The phrases “finding the niche for your product” and “product market fit” are essentially equivalent. A key definition of a market is that members reference each other’s buy decisions and therefore building up a set of references lowers your next prospect’s perception of the risks in your product or service (not just will it work or will you do what you say you can do but are you going to offer them significant value.

Something Ventured: Make Money and Change the World for the Better

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Design of Experiments, Founder Story, MVP, skmurphy

One documentary worth watching to get some context on the history of entrepreneurship and venture capital is “Something Ventured.” It’s a series of interviews with venture capitalists talking about their investments and their risk mitigation strategies in the 1950’s through 1970’s. It’s clear that they paid a lot of attention to “minimum viable products” and pivoting based on new information and asked for business plans. The question is how to have enough of a plan to proceed that includes what experiments you will run to refine your understanding of the product and the market.

A Childhood Memory or Two

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Blogging, skmurphy

I had strong memory this morning of riding my bike down a hill on the street in front of our house. The air was skin warm and after the heat of the summer was a delightful caress, going downhill I did not have to pedal and it was like flying. It’s hard to recapture the freedom of a child biking on a empty road at the end of summer. I am not sure what triggered this childhood memory but it got me to thinking about growing up in St. Louis.

Dark Watchman vs. The Architect of Fear

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Blogging, skmurphy

This is a republished version of a blog post I did originally on July-21-2008 on the FunMurphys.com blog. It’s a meditation on fighting terrorism and creating a common enemy to foster collaboration. Architect of fear has a dual meaning: both the terrorist (e.g. the Joker in the movie “The Dark Knight”) and the scientists in the Outer Limits episode “the Architects of Fear” who try and create a scare crow to stop the nations of Earth from going to war, possibly accidentally.

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