Paul Graham's Essays, Visualized

There is truth to the saying that "a picture is worth a thousand words".  So here are a few infographics that illustrate some of the essays of Paul Graham (startup guru).  These are a lot more memorable and easier to put on your wall than the thousands of words in his essays, and a lot easier to communicate to your team.  Here's the link:

How to ask for help, and get a YES!

Building a successful business is a lot more difficult when you haven't done it before. But there are plenty of people who have done it, multiple times. And lots of them would be very willing to help you if you just ASK. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it's a sign of intelligence.

Check out this TED talk and think about your next move:

Top 10% of Founders have these traits

Check this short video from Ycombinator.
Probably the best 5 minutes you can invest today.
Here's the link:

00:00 – What Makes The Top 10% Of Founders Different?
00:35 – Great founders execute
1:22 – Formidability
2:09 – Clear communication
3:40 – Internal motivation
4:52 – Note that “idea” is not on this list

Mastermind Monday at the Epic Entrepreneur House in San Diego

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Mastermind Monday at the Epic Entrepreneur House.

Story in Inc. Magazine current issue and online at:

This co-living concept has legs. One of the residents of this Epic Entrepreneur House is Christine McDannell who wrote the book on it: The Coliving Code: How to Find Your Tribe, Share Resources, and Design Your Life

FREE on Kindle:

Measure What Matters: OKRs by John Doerr, Legendary VC

Check this video, then get the book.

Get The Book!
(actually, get a copy for everyone in your company)

Geezers Rule Startup Land

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A Study of 2.7 Million Startups Found the Ideal Age to Start a Business (and It's Much Older Than You Think)

A 60-year-old startup founder is 3 times as likely to found a successful startup as a 30-year-old startup founder--and is 1.7 times as likely to found a startup that winds up in the top 0.1 percent of all companies.

Read the full story at INC Magazine

I wonder how great the odds would be for a 70-year-old, or 80?
Where is the sweet spot where the odds of success are greatest?

In any case, if you're doing a startup in your 20s or 30s, the math indicates that having a geezer in the group is good for business. Go for the gold, get a geezer to guide you.


Startup Success and Startup Mistakes

Sam Altman, Ycombinator, Who knows more than this guy? 

1.  A product so good, people tell friends.
2.  Easy to understand; simple to explain
3.  Market exponential growth
4.  Real trends vs. fake trends
5.  Evangelical Founder
6.  Ambitious Vision
7.  Hard Startup vs. Easy Startup
8.  Confident and Definite View of the Future
9.  Huge if it Works
10.  Team
        a.  Optimists
        b.  Idea Generators
        c.  "We'll Figure It Out"
        d.  "I've Got It"
        e.  Action Bias
        f.  The Blessing of Inexperience
11.  Momentum
12.  Competitive Advantage
13.  Sensible Business Model
14.  Distribution Strategy
15.  Frugality, Focus, Obsession, Love
16.  Why Startups Win
        a. One No vs. One Yes
        b. Fast Changing Markets
        c. Platform Shifts

 Kathryn Minshew: 7 Classic Startup Founder Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

1. Idea vs. Product - Market Fit
2. Any founders with skill will do
3. Perfect vs. Done
4. Productive or Impactful?
5. If you build it, they will not come.  Create Velocity.
6. Team building
7. Don't believe the hype 

Guy Kawasaki - Top 10 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

                 Mistake                         Solution

  1.  Big Numbers * 1%          Calculate from bottom up
  2.  Scale too fast                   Eat what you kill
  3.  Focus on partnerships      Focus on Sales,  Sales Fixes Everything
  4.  Focus on Pitch                 Focus on prototype
  5.  Too many slides              10 - 20 - 30 rule
  6.  Proceed serially               Proceed parallely
  7.  Retain Control                 Make a Bigger Pie
  8.  Patents for Defense .        Use Success for Definsibility
  9.  Hire like you                    Hire to complement you
10.  Befriend your investors    Exceed expectations

Ikigai: your reason for being

Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means "a reason for being." The word "ikigai" is usually used to indicate the source of value in one's life or the things that make one's life worthwhile.

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