Stop With All The Puffery


If the first thing you here from someone, when you tell them your idea for a new business, is “that’s a great idea”, go talk to someone else.


Over the past years I’ve had quite a few opportunities to meet with entrepreneurs looking to start new businesses. Or those that have a business, want to talk to someone about a particular problem they are facing, a new product feature they are considering or wondering if they should be raising money to grow their business. I love talking to founders about their ideas. You can tell within minutes if their idea is truly a passion or a fleeting interest to capitalize on a current trend. But what I don’t understand is why we, members of this supportive startup community, partake in puffery. 

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Reblogged from Michael Ferrari
Whether or not you can never become great at something, you can always become better at it. Don’t ever forget that! And don’t say “I’ll never be good”. You can become better! and one day you’ll wake up and you’ll find out how good you actually became.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (via atomstargazer)
Reblogged from ooomami
At the beginning of the digital revolution it was common to say that digital was killing music,” said Edgar Berger, chief executive of the international arm of Sony Music Entertainment. Now, he added, it could be said “that digital is saving music.
This. One hundred times, this.

This. One hundred times, this.

Reblogged from Sarah Perez
But the truth is that, in order to make progress, you need to physically and mentally fight against the momentum of ordinary events. The default state of any new idea is failure. It’s the execution–the fight against inertia–that matters. You have to remember to go against your instinct, to confront the ordinary, and to put up a fight.
He said people who were right a lot of the time were people who often changed their minds. He doesn’t think consistency of thought is a particularly positive trait. It’s perfectly healthy — encouraged, even — to have an idea tomorrow that contradicted your idea today.
A Kickstarter where every project is guaranteed would be the same safe bets and retreads we see everywhere else. The fact that Kickstarter allows creators to take risks and attempt to create something ambitious is a feature, not a bug.


Sums up what is great about all Internet marketplaces.

(via cdixon)

Reblogged from Fred Wilson Dot VC

"Partner" — Twitter’s One-Sided Certified Products Requirements

  • Make Twitter more valuable to businesses and solve a need that Twitter does not address
  • Help bring Twitter to new or underserved markets Twitter is a core part of your product and you make use of all applicable APIs and features
  • Integrations behave as consistently as possible with Twitter’s own products
  • Encourage meaningful engagement with the Twitter network
  • You are working on an opportunity with significant impact
  • Use Twitter Platform products rather than creating similar products

This list of requirements makes it clear that Twitter cares about one thing: itself. This is not how you treat “partners”.

If you’re worried about being profitable now, you’re not building a big business
You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.
— Steve Jobs