When you’re deep in the trenches, these are often heard phrases, which if you don’t take with a little humor, can drive you nuts: “Why don’t you just…” This also crops up under variations such as: “What you need to do is…”. To me, this one implies that you aren’t doing something obvious, and that […]


I gave this talk last week to the members of the TiE Leadership Program, aimed at helping to frame what it takes to develop a product organization — aimed at an audience of non-product start-up execs, and existing / aspiring start-up CEOs. Take a look at the slides for the specific “tips”, but here’s a […]

Popping Bubbly

As the year, and decade, come to a close, it’s time to reflect and to celebrate some of your accomplishments. There’s no such thing as unequivocal success in a start-up Too often in start-up life there is the elusive ideal that you will have those “unequivocal successes” to celebrate. The truth is, those never happen. […]


This past weekend, I finally watched the latest Star Trek movie (quite entertaining). In reconnecting with the franchise, it reminded me how innovative Gene Roddenberry (and his writers) were in developing some remarkable ideas, like the Transporter. But despite the “genius” of Roddenberry’s ideas, it’s a stark reminder that ideas aren’t inventions; meaning just because […]

As the Global E-Week site puts it: “25,000 Events, Millions of Participants, 1 Week”. Certainly an impressive initiative that we should all continue to do our part to support. Personally, I could only make it to three events in Cambridge MA which were absolutely incredible – here’s my recap of those.
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Just wanted to wish the gang at Lime Tree Cove the best of luck this weekend – they’re heading out to Jimmy Buffett’s annual “Parrot Head” conference, called the “Meeting of the Minds” in Key West, FL. They’ll be there to showcase The Barmaid, in all of it’s glory. Best of luck guys, I’m sure […]

I was going through some notes the other day from business school, and came across a presentation that referred to success rates for high-tech companies. The numbers come from the book “High Tech Start Up: The Complete Handbook For Creating Successful New High Tech Companies” by John Nesheim, which is relatively old, but still poignant. In it he offers some numbers that quantify the odds of success for high-tech start-ups – here are the numbers.
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