Nature, Technology and Magic

What seems natural, artificial, or supernatural is a function of familiarity. Nature is the background or context for innovation. The challenge is that we live in a world and culture formed by millennia of innovation so that some incredibly advanced technologies seem natural. The difference between technology and magic is [...]

Bay Area Maker Faire 2015

source: Maker Faire This weekend I attended the Bay Area Maker Faire 2015.  New this year was a Startup Pavilion with about 20 companies selling their products and looking for early adopters. Through out the show, I also found many startups looking for support for their kickstarter campaigns. [...]

By | 2015-05-26T20:24:43+00:00 May 24th, 2015|Events, Startups|1 Comment

Entrepreneurs Focus On Customers Not Startup Mechanics

Excerpts from Paul Grahams’ October 2014 essay “Before the Startup” with commentary interspersed. This essay is in some ways less self-confident than many of his earlier ones. He seems to recognize more explicitly the limits of his ability to offer advice that entrepreneurs in the Y Combinator portfolio–or entrepreneurs applying [...]

By | 2014-10-17T10:11:00+00:00 October 1st, 2014|skmurphy, Startups|3 Comments

Busyness Won’t Build Your Business

Busyness won't build your business, it closes off your creativity and your luck. Anticipate, or at least acknowledge, missed deadlines and commitments: triage or re-negotiate. Busyness I recently wrote a friend to ask if he wanted to do something this week, and he answered that he didn’t have a lot [...]

By | 2014-09-03T11:39:35+00:00 August 28th, 2014|skmurphy, Startups|2 Comments

Don’t Waste Time Painting Tom Sawyer’s Fence: Proving Someone Wrong Is A Poor Motivator

Don’t waste time painting Tom Sawyer’s fence: proving someone wrong is actually a poor source of motivation. It’s OK to ignore conventional wisdom, but don’t get trapped into doing someone else’s work (or building their platform) just to prove them wrong. Build something instead of trying to win an argument. [...]

By | 2015-12-22T11:03:53+00:00 July 5th, 2014|Rules of Thumb, skmurphy, Startups|2 Comments

Improve Your Sales Pitch

Peter Cohan from Second Derivative offers some of the best sales demo/pitch training and hands-on learning that we have seen. So we are honored to offer these interactive workshops to startups. Here is the upcoming schedule: March 5&6, 2014 “Great Demo!” San Jose, CA May 21&22, 2014 “Great Demo!” San [...]

By | 2014-03-06T14:56:12+00:00 February 20th, 2014|Sales, Startups, Workshop|0 Comments

Tools for Finding a Physical Workspace: Deskwanted, LiquidSpace, Loosecubes, OpenDesks

If you are looking to rent a desk or conference room by the hour, day, week or month here are four tools you can use to search. All of them cover Silicon Valley and other metropolitan regions as well Deskwanted LiquidSpace Loosecubes OpenDesks Updated: Also consider Evenues and Cloud Virtual [...]

By | 2013-09-02T19:09:19+00:00 February 7th, 2012|Consulting Business, First Office, Silicon Valley, Startups|1 Comment

Three Useful Tools: MyPermissions, SocialMention, HackerFollow

MyPermissions: Checks for third party application access to your Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Instagram, and Flickr accounts. SocialMention: Allows you to do keyword and phrase search across more than one hundred social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, YouTube, Digg, Google, etc... HackerFollow: follow comments and posts by [...]

By | 2012-01-03T01:19:15+00:00 January 2nd, 2012|Funding, skmurphy, Startups, Tools for Startups|0 Comments