Why Startups Fail

Joel Splosky quoting Jessica Livingston of Y Combinator in How Hard Could It Be?: Start-up Static when talking about why startups fail. “That would be boring,” she told me. “They all fail for the same reason: People just stop working on their business.” Um, yeah, well, sure, and most people die because their heart stops beating. But somehow dying in different ways is still interesting enough to support 40 hours a week of prime-time programming. I couldn’t agree with this statement more. I believe that most startups don’t realize that they’ve “made it” untill they’ve been making it for a while and it’s obvious to everyone except the person hard at work worried sick that tomorrow he’ll run out of money and have to fire someone. If success happens that slowly why would anyone think that failure happens any...

What’s Your Point?

When I was younger my dad was constantly interrupting, although I’m sure that he’d say he was interjecting into, our conversations and asking me “What’s your point?” I have to admit that at the time it didn’t sit well with me since it was usually asked just as I was intently describing something that I thought was as relevant to the topic as toilet paper is to a bathroom. I wouldn’t recognize the lesson that was taught by this seemingly innocuous question until years later, last year to be specific. The lesson was to not spend time or energy on those things, even if they are words, that did not have a valid point to the topic at hand. All too often we spend time on tasks that do nothing to get us where we are trying to go, or to the point of our actions. We get distracted and spend time focusing on the wrong things. This usually happens because the point is not well defined, not good enough or it’s just flat out wrong. The right point will not only keep you focused, it will drive you. It’ll get you up early and keep you up late. It won’t leave you alone and best of all, it will be simple. You’ll find that the clarity of a good point brings a sense of purpose to your actions. A sense of purpose brings drive and determination both of which bear success. Do you want to be successful in your endeavors? Have a good, clean and simple point. What’s your point? Is it the right one for you, your...

Jason Fried Rocks it 37Signals Style

In this interview that Tim O’Brien did with Jason Fried of 37Signals, Jason discusses his take on various aspects of the business that he and David have built. I would attempt to outline my favorite parts of the interview but I quickly discovered that they’re all my favorite. At only 36 minutes in length this interview is a must watch for all...