Why start with the why? w/ Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek has changed the way to think about building companies and innovation. He shares why great companies and leaders always focus on the why. I hope you enjoy this interview. https://soundcloud.com/ask-interviews-14429595/why-start-with-the-why-w-simon-sinek Subscribe to everything ask. iTunes Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-interviews/id1057357810?…

A Christmas Miracle: Now $5.5

This story is about having no fucking clue what will happen, one lucky email, and the ignorant road to raising part of our $1.5m seed round in 5 days before New Year’s. July 5th, 2013. Sitting in Spanish Bay, CA with my girlfriend browsing Instagram. This is the…

College got me into debt. Twitter got me out.

Nothing has opened more doors and opportunities in my life than Twitter. I didn’t go to an Ivy League school. (Not even close) I do believe that signaling theory exists and there’s a ton to gain by attending a school like Stanford. But I didn’t. When I…

The Truth About Raising Seed Money

I hear this question all the time: “How should I go about raising money?” To start, raising money is actually really hard and there are lots of nuances but maybe a different perspective can help some people trying to raise a round. Also, the single best way to raise money…

Stop working 20 hours a day

I was having a coffee this morning with a friend who was telling me about his last startup job. The one line I remember was this: “…he [the CEO] required us to be in the office til 7pm. Anyone who left early just felt guilty. I got fired.” Listen, I…