Posts Categorized: Risk

Fuck Innovation, Everything We Have Now is Shit

In a product sense, the last couple weeks have sucked. I keep trying to buy simple things that literally have one job and finding that it’s impossible to get something that works, in order of complexity: a gantt chart flow-planning tool a clear glass beverage dispenser to hold iced coffee at BaconBizConf clip magnets I… Read more »

Validation is backwards

If Startuplandia had a bible, you might guess it was The Lean Startup. And credit to Eric Ries where credit is due – he’s managed to get the masses hooked on his book’s hopeful vocabulary: Validation, Pivots, and Minimum Viable Products, oh my. Really, Eric’s reach is tremendous: I remember when a close friend of… Read more »

The Psychological Self-Torture and Bootstrapping Podcast!

OK, so that title is a little bit of linkbait. Just a little bit. But, contrary to popular opinion, building software is easy… building a business is hard. The hardest parts are the least obvious. That’s what Justin Jackson and I talked about yesterday: the psychology, the mechanics, and my war stories from bootstrapping. Specific… Read more »

Startups & Risk: Petting Puppies with Peter Drucker

It’s that time again! No, not turkey-stuffing-cranberry-yam-and-marshmallow sandwich time. No, not pepper-spray-your-fellow-Black-Friday-shoppers time. No, silly… it’s Biz Book Friday! Today, a little change of pace: Peter Drucker. And puppies. Who wants to start a business? You do! Who wants to pet a puppy? You do! So… which puppy do you pet? Well, that depends, I… Read more »