January 2014

Quotes for Entrepreneurs–January 2014

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Discerning the Future

Discerning the future is hard work, we travel facing backward into the past so that it seems to sneak up from behind us. Some insights on discerning the future using Robert Pirsig’s “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” as a point of departure.

Difference Between a Hypothesis and an Assumption

The difference between a hypothesis and an assumption is that the first is typically explicit and the second implicit. A hypothesis is what you are testing explicitly in an experiment. An assumption is tested implicitly. By making your assumptions and hypotheses explicit, you increase the clarity of your approach and the chance for learning.

Recap Semifore MVP Clinic: Selling To A Team of Diverse Experts

Series profile Thinking about this using an OODA loop model – — Observe -> Orient -> Decide ->  Act Orient part is sensemaking — its own kind of fast learning Often takes a long time in a complex situation (e.g., all situations where learning is involved); subject to error because it’s “culture bound” What we …

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The Likely Consequences of Entrepreneurship Require Perseverance

Justin Kan (@JustinKan) wrote “Startups Don’t Die, They Commit Suicide” in 2011″ (mirrored on his blog here)  reflecting on what he had observed and learned as a serial entrepreneur. It was reposted on the Philly Startup Leaders list earlier this week which led me to write the following comments mixed with excerpts from Kan’s post.

Plant Acorns With A Customer Development Interview

A customer development interview should be treated as a conversation that may enable a future business relationship. The best outcome for an initial interview is that you can summarize what you have heard about their needs and constraints on possible solutions and they are interested in another conversation or can recommend others to talk to. …

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Semifore Execs Share Bootstrapping Lessons and 2014 Scaling Up Plans at Jan-17-2014 MVP Clinic

Semifore , Inc. was founded in 2006 by Richard Weber based on his system design experience at several startups and some larger systems firms. All of them struggled with the need for  tools and methods to keep the hardware architecture in sync with software architecture and to ensure that the development and customer documentation was …

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Recap From Dec-16-2013 MVP Clinic With Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI)

On December 16, 2013 John Smith and I sat down with key members of the leadership team from the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) to discuss their plans for their 2014 EcoChallenge program. The following folks took part from NWEI: Mike Mercer, Executive Director As Executive Director, Mike has responsibility for the overall health and strategic …

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Join Us Tonight For A Mastermind Open House To Kick Off 2014

We have been facilitating Mastermind groups in Silicon Valley for three years now and have  an open houses scheduled tonight in Sunnyvale from 6-8pm. When: Mon-Jan-13 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in Sunnyvale Where: Tonight at Roundtable Pizza 1220 Oakmead Parkway Sunnyvale, CA 94085 Cost: No Charge for event but regular meetings are two hours long twice a …

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Welcome to 2014

My resolutions for 2014 are for habits, systems and capabilities: think marathon not sprint; reduce variation; formalize rules of thumb; play our own game.

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