Getting the "word out" via blogs without pissing people off

December 18th, 2008
In order to get exposure for our product we will create a blog, participate in discussions on high-profile blogs and spread the word via the blogosphere" . . Be CAREFUL, instead of establishing credibility with key influencers, you might just be pissing them off. Here is a great guide on how to avoid the trap, courtesy of Marshall Kirkpatrick at ReadWriteWeb

CEO with a headstart into the recession gives his advice for early stage co's

November 30th, 2008
I found this post on Techcrunch this morning and it's worth reposting. "It is written by Glenn Kelman, the CEO of Redfin, an online real estate broker. His industry went into recession a year ago, so he’s had a little more time than most startup CEOs to think about how to deal with the current downturn. Below is his advice to his fellow entrepreneurs." Many of his points are relevant regardless of a recession or downturn. I would add the following that are specific to a downturn or need to restart: 1. Act fast: Get the troops on board with the plan and make sure they all get re-energized towards the goal ASAP. 2. Don't sugar-coat it: Everyone will be relieved to hear that you have a firm grip on reality and are willing to make the tough decisions and move forward. 3. Kill some initiatives: You are going to have less people. You need more focus. Do less and do what you do better. 4. Identify near-term wins: Find something important that you can get aligned to achieve. It will be important to have a real win to celebrate - but it's gotta be real.

Are things going to get worse?

October 8th, 2008
Oh yeah! Hold on. Sure, your stock holdings are down - but if you hold long enough, that might all work itself out. However, job losses will cause real near-term pain and the reality is: the job losses are not there yet. This is one stat that is really easy to measure and fairly reliable: non-farm payroll figures are released by the government on the first Friday of every month and these numbers frequently kick off a frenzy of speculative trading in the foreign exchange markets. Interestingly, the unemployment rate in September stayed steady at 6.1%. About a year ago, the unemployment rate was 4.7%, so it has grown, but there have not been any recent surges. I am not sure of the typical lag, but I have to believe the job losses are coming. The unemployment rate has not hit 10% since the government reported it in it's current form in 1942 - - the highest being 9.7/9.6 in 1982/83 respectively. Those were the only years it ever rose above 9%. When people start losing their jobs, this will be a lot more painful than the loss of homes from bad loans (which should not have been made anyway). The unemployment rate reached almost 25% during the depression in 1933, but I can't imagine that we will screw up that bad this go around. So, things are not that bad yet. I am sure they will get worse, but confident they would be nearly as bad as they have been for those before us.

Picking the Right People - Peter Drucker principles

September 30th, 2008
What a great post. It includes some really critical concepts that I embrace: 1. The job requirements vary for the same position depending on the situation (startup, growth, turnaround, etc.,) 2. Focus on people's strengths, not weaknesses 3. Understanding past behavior on the job is key to predicting future performance If you are not careful, you could end up with employees like this one that my 11 year nephew recently pointed out to me. I think I met her sister at USAir check-in last week. Bon Qui Qui at King Burger:

Demo Tips: After Watching 200 demos in 10 days

August 9th, 2008
Must read: Demo Tips from Jason Calcanis on Techcrunch.