About the Blog:
I have learned quite a bit from being in 6 startups. All of them are still around in one form or another. None of them were home runs (no Googles here folks) but all are still functioning companies that were acquired by other companies or are still surviving on their own. I am currently the co-founder of my own startup, and still an “in the trenches” sort of guy. I am responsible for writing the code and getting things done. My perspective on how to get it right is not what I’ve typically found in other blogs, which is to say I am not going to be writing from the perspective of a CEO or VC talking about the 10 most important things one needs to have for a successful startup. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with those musings, in fact I’ll be referencing them in some of my posts. Instead I’m going to blog about the observations I’ve made, both positive and negative while trying to do my part to make my teams and the startups I’ve worked for become successful.

Hopefully these observations will help others to see when their own startups are losing their direction and give them the confidence to step up and be the voice of reason that gets the team back on track. It isn’t easy to see that the ship is off course when everyone is telling you that things are fine and it really isn’t easy to convince those same people that they need to adjust their heading when it isn’t in your job description to do so. But this blog is all about doing just that. It’s about speaking up when you’re the one who sees what others refuse to see. It’s about paying attention to the forest even though your job is cutting trees. Its about recognizing that early startups are unique environments where living in a silo with your head down and repeating the mantra, “that’s not my job” will lead to failure. I have seen this play out time and again as brilliant teams ask themselves about why stupid things are being done but refuse to ask the same questions of the management team above them. These are the types of issues my blog will explore. If it helps even one team out there it will have been worth my effort.


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