Lost and Founder
Extremely transparent and valuable perspective of a 15-year startup CEO who has been through it all.
The Starter Manager Guide
Getting started guide for new managers, especially in the context of startups
Software as a Service, as a Business
The SaaS playbook, from one of the experts.
Getting Your First Ten Customers
Getting started with sales. It's a necessity for entrepreneurs. It'll be uncomfortable at first but it's completely doable.
Stripe: Patrick and John Collison
Patrick (29) and John (27) Collison are inspirations.
An interview with Patrick Collison
Narrative deep-dive on one of my favorite startups and pair of founders.
Canva: Melanie Perkins
Melanie Perkins built Australia's first unicorn through sheer force of will
Sam Hinkie -- Data, Decisions, and Basketball
Rare and very well-done interview with one of my heroes
101: Ben Orenstein - How to Build an App in a Week
Be ruthless about cutting and be flexible about scope. Set hard deadlines.
Why Are Enterprises So Slow?
Great visibility from a technical process perspective into why the enterprise is slow.
Chinese Businessmen: Superstition Doesn't Count
Chinese businessmen are superstitious yet still successful because maybe 'rationality' isn't all that.
Don't Take Generic Business Advice From VCs
VC's incentives are not the same as entrepreneurs', don't delude yourself into thinking that they are.
The SaaS Learning Curve
People > tech; SaaS = Service as a Software
Just Fucking Ship
Title says it all. Techniques for getting around the emotional barriers to shipping a product.
Chinese Businessmen: Maybe Strategy Matters
Strategy might matter for growing massive, but it is less important at small scales.
The Chinese Businessman Paradox
The success of Chinese businessmen under 'poor' business practices should make us question accepted Western wisdom.
Boyd and Bronwyn Varty - Track Your Life
Human connections to nature from the South African Safari. Parallels in business and life.
Live Episode! RXBAR: Peter Rahal
Peter Rahal overcame dyslexia to build a $600M health bar company in half a decade.
How to Hire Your First Engineer
Triplebyte founder with actionable advice on engineering hiring at early-stage startups.
How my role as CTO has changed as we've grown to 100 engineers
From building the product to managing 100 people and everywhere in between. Good roadmap and point of reference for me.
How to negotiate the long, slow, SaaS Ramp of Death
Interview covering the lifecycle, pitfalls, and possible solutions of starting and running a SaaS business
Ash Fontana -- Investing in Artificial Intelligence
A top AI investor gives his perspective on the industry and his investment thesis
The Bill Gates Line
The distinction between platforms and aggregators is important! Platforms are a much better model.
FUBU: Daymond John
Daymond John put it all on the line and had to hustle incredibly hard to build the brand FUBU and finally justify not going to college like his peers.
Look for the Duct Tape
How do you find things to work on? Find the duct tape and soften the edges. Requires talking to people!
Keep Your Identity Small
The fewer things you keep in your identity, the stronger your identity becomes and the more fruitful discussions you can have about things outside your identity.
#102 - Andrew Kortina
Founder of Venmo and Fin. Future of work.
How to Fail as a new engineering manager
Stop coding. Care about people. Express yourself.
The Snuggle is Real
Fella has a designer onesies side hustle. If you're entering a saturated market, have a differentiator. Things don't always start as successes.
Beyong Zero-Sum Thinking in the Game of Tech...and Life
Zero sum thinking in politics and economics is outdated and poisonous.
Google AI Chief Jeff Dean's ML System Architecture Blueprint
Lifestyle business, a counterpoint to VC-backed businesses.
List of 100 startup directories to submit startup for publicity.
Advice For First Time Founders
Answers from YC founders about three big startup questions
No Cow Founder On Growing From One-Man-Show To General Mills-backed Company
21-year-old entrepreneur in Colorado who overcame a lot of mistakes to build a successful business
AWS, MongoDB, and the Economic Realities of Open Source
Open Source financials echo those of the music industry; what's being sold is not the software, but the packaging. This is dangerous if left unaddressed.
Pricing low-touch SaaS
Low-touch SaaS pricing guide with case studies
What Tech Stacks are Indie Hackers Using for Their Apps, and Why?
Descriptions of tech stacks and justifications for them at small startups. Bottom line: build modularly with technology you're familiar with.
Jeff Bezos 3-Step Formula for Success
Surround yourself with the right people. Have a learn-it-all mindset. Be ready to play the long game.
Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days
Playbook for launching a side hustle. I really need to work on the fear part of launching things.
Writing copy for landing pages
How to write high-conversion copy for landing pages
Aubrey Marcus Wants To Help You Be The Best You
CEO of a company that makes brain- and body-enhancing supplements. Chats about his company and his personal life.
#491 - Weekly Recap: When To Leave a Good Job
Easy: leave right before it becomes a bad job.
AMA with John Doerr
The most important thing in building a company is its people.
Tire Agent: What Is a Startup Actually Worth?
Raise money at a valuation you can go up from. When you're raising money, your competition is other startups competing for VC attention.
#484 - Weekly Recap: How to Go from $1,000 to $5,000/Month
How to increase profit? Either sell to more customers or sell more to existing customers.
#20 Never Underestimate Your First Idea w/ Twitter/Medium's Ev Williams
You can spend your entire career iterating on one idea, like Ev Williams has going from Blogger to Twitter to Medium.
Why Are We Still Teaching Reading the Wrong Way?
Reading should be taught methodically beginning with phonics, not by putting books in front of kids and telling them to read.
Nina Jacobson: How to Make a Hit in Hollywood
Big failures can be handled by pushing forward and believing in your core values.
YC's Series A Diligence Checklist
What you need to have ready once you sign a Series A term sheet.
The Best SaaS landing page examples I've seen
SaaS landing pages should have a great header, social proof, a great call to action
The One Management Hack That Will Help You Keep Your Sanity
The secret to prioritizing is getting really good at evaluating management tasks.
Why Conduct One-On-Ones When They Take So Much Of Your Time?
One on ones help prevent blowups, build trust, give and receive feedback, spread culture, and hold on to subordinates
From Research to Startup, There and Back Again
Decades of experience in Silicon Valley with John Hennessy (current chairman of Alphabet)
The elusive formula for great hiring w/Workday's Aneel Bhusri
Advice on hiring. Bhusri personally interviewed first 500 employees at Workday.
#87 - Elad Gil
Be ruthless about cutting and be flexible about scope. Set hard deadlines.
#19 How To Price Your Product to Scale
Advice on struggling startups, pivots, and pricing products.
Jim Breyer On How He Picks Winners
Early investor in Facebook, Spotify, much more. His list of great qualities in an entrepreneur: attracting talent, retaining talent, technical proficiency, outside interests. Super bullish on AI.
Switching From Engineering to Management
Ease the transition by changing your mindset, getting rid of some habits, and improving on others
Dell Computers - Michael Dell
Michael Dell often gets lost in the shuffle of the Gates's, Bezos's, Zuckerbergs, but his story is just as important. Super sharp guy. Focus on customers, not competition.