According to Napster founder and former Facebook president Sean Parker, “It’s technology, not business or government, that’s the real driving force behind large-scale societal shifts.” Thanks to improvements in technology across all sectors, we now produce sufficient goods and services
Olympic gymnasts become excellent by starting at age 3 and by practicing all the time. Similarly, top-tier developers and business people improve over time by starting early, sticking with it, and being systematic about improving their methods. Surroundings matter too.
I recently heard a Columbia Business School professor tell an audience that entrepreneurs share 6 traits that are intrinsic rather than learned. The takeaway is that entrepreneurs are born that way, and if you’re not born that way, you’re out
Let’s face it: everyone wants to build an online business. Virtually everyone I know has ideas for web and mobile apps and businesses. Add to this the fact that Americans are risk-taking entrepreneurs and you have the perfect conditions for
At ClearGears we’re in the midst of a redesign that is taking far longer than anyone had anticipated, and the process is causing stress for my team and me. To our investors and customers it looks like we’re moving slow
We’re changing from a nation of consumers to a nation of renters. The confluence of US and European economic depression, global migration into cities, and exponentially improving technology is causing us to abandon the concept of owning a finite number
Networking can be tiring and tedious for entrepreneurs, but it’s an important component of success. Today we reviewed the list of ClearGears beta users to understand the impact our networking efforts have had on customer acquisition. The ClearGears team had
Last week I was asked by a former Wesleyan classmate working at the Washington Post to submit an editorial about Osama bin Laden’s death. I did so, they sent over a photographer, and two days later, the article was online.
Online success can happen dazzling quickly, but it is rarely random. What looks like overnight success is often the result of years of experience, false starts, retooling and regrouping. In this post I’ll look at two such companies that have