Want to be a Disruptor?

Want to be a Disruptor?

Just focus on the market that nobody is paying attention to.

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Yes, You Can Start a Business Without Raising Money.

Yes, You Can Start a Business Without Raising Money.

Most small businesses launch without raising a penny. And they have good reasons for doing so.

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The Power of Persistence

The Power of Persistence

Starting is critical. But sticking with it? Even more so.

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Stop Thinking.  Start Doing.

Stop Thinking. Start Doing.

You’ll never know if your idea is any good just by thinking about it.

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Grow Up? Or Get Out?

Grow Up? Or Get Out?

What happens when running a company isn’t as fun as growing one?

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The Most Important Part of Scaling Your Business. Scaling Yourself!

The Most Important Part of Scaling Your Business. Scaling Yourself!

Just as a startup has a limited supply of people, money, and resources, you as an individual are equally constrained.  There’s only so much you can do in a day.

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The Netflix Culture in Four Words: Use Your Best Judgement.

The Netflix Culture in Four Words: Use Your Best Judgement.

Netflix is famous for its “freedom and responsibility” culture, in which employees are given almost unimaginable latitude to do their jobs as they see fit.

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The Canada Principle

The Canada Principle

The Canada Principle serves as a constant reminder to us to make sure we didn’t run around chasing what appeared to be low hanging fruit, all the while taking our eyes off what was truly important in scaling our business.

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Hardware is Different

Hardware is Different

This is one of the reasons that doing a hardware startup is particularly challenging. Once you start, and have converted your idea into something physical, it’s very hard to change direction.

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No One Is Going To Steal Your Idea.

No One Is Going To Steal Your Idea.

It’s unoriginal and it will never work. But neither of those things matter.

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You Know Your User . . . But Who Is Your Customer?

You Know Your User . . . But Who Is Your Customer?

Users and customers are frequently one and the same.  When you go to a restaurant, you are both the user and the customer.  But think about dog food for a moment; in this case the two are quite different; your dog is the user, but you are the customer.

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10 Tips to Ace Your Next Job Interview

10 Tips to Ace Your Next Job Interview

And if all else fails, just start your own company.

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I Hate Firing People

I Hate Firing People

But by far the hardest is having to fire decent people for reasons that may have nothing to do with them, except perhaps being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Episode Ten of That Will Never Work

Episode Ten of That Will Never Work

It’s amazing it took as long as it did for subscriptions to eat the world.

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You Don’t Have to Work at Goldman Sachs. I Promise.

You Don’t Have to Work at Goldman Sachs. I Promise.

If, in your heart of hearts, you want to be an entrepreneur, don’t be afraid to take that on.

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Episode Nine of That Will Never Work

Episode Nine of That Will Never Work

You know what’s even worse than someone hating your idea? When they like it!

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How to Think Like a Startup

How to Think Like a Startup

The best ingredient for success is no longer one’s ability to predict the future. It’s putting yourself in a position where you’re poised to take advantage of whatever happens.

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Don’t Pass the Torch, Pass the Flame.

Don’t Pass the Torch, Pass the Flame.

It’s not what you say . . . it’s how you act.

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Never Put the Milk in the Back

Never Put the Milk in the Back

Have the courage to put the customer first.

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Why I Never Run for Airplanes

Why I Never Run for Airplanes

And why it never makes a difference.

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Everything I Learned About Startups I Learned from Ernest Shackleton

Everything I Learned About Startups I Learned from Ernest Shackleton

Lessons in leadership from a 20th century polar explorer.

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My 2021 Resolution: Don’t be a Frog.

My 2021 Resolution: Don’t be a Frog.

In 2002, after six years thinking of little other than Netflix, I decided it was time to think a little differently. And so I left.

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There’s A Pony in Here Somewhere

There’s A Pony in Here Somewhere

I’ve always been an optimist. And over a forty-year career as an entrepreneur that glass-half-full attitude has been an occupational necessity.

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One More Lap, Then I’ll Stop

One More Lap, Then I’ll Stop

Like summiting Mt. Everest, succeeding as an entrepreneur is an overwhelming task.

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The Courage of the Early-Stage Entrepreneur

The Courage of the Early-Stage Entrepreneur

And why It’s the most important characteristic for any founder.

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Why I Waited Sixteen Years to Write My Book About Netflix

Why I Waited Sixteen Years to Write My Book About Netflix

“You should write a book”, they said. But why the Hell would I want to do that?

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Your Idea Sucks. But guess What? It Doesn’t Matter.

Your Idea Sucks. But guess What? It Doesn’t Matter.

When it comes to ideas, you have to get used to having your perfect sculptures squished.

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My New Book, That Will Never Work, Comes Out September 17th

My New Book, That Will Never Work, Comes Out September 17th

That Will Never Work arrived in bookstores this fall

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Survivor Bias is a Bitch

Survivor Bias is a Bitch

Winston Churchill famously said “history is written by the victors” and nowhere is this more true than in startupville.

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The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room

My first real job lasted for three years. It ended the day I was unceremoniously fired.

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Fathers & Sons (and Daughters)

Fathers & Sons (and Daughters)

My oldest son graduated from college in June. He’s already started his own company.

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