Philips hue

Internet of things? Lights can go a long way. Philips hue.

LIX: The World’s Smallest 3D Printing Pen Lets You Draw in the Air

I wish the promo video was a bit more succinct, nonetheless the results are amazing.

LIX: The World’s Smallest 3D Printing Pen Lets You Draw in the Air

How do I balance user satisfaction versus virality?

I found this article to be of great help when deciding which feature/narrative to develop for the next milestone. It’s good to think about which bucket your feature falls into regarding retention/product-market fit and/or user growth. Take a look at the value prop-viral matrix in the article.

How do I balance user satisfaction versus virality?

Nate Blecharczyk, CTO of Airbnb (Startup School 2013)

Great video for entrepreneurs. Nate Blecharczyk of airbnb at Startup School 2013.

Techstars London: Founder Diaries

Great post by Mick @ Spatch on the experience at Techstars’ 1st month.

If you are interested in startup accelerators, go check it out.

Techstars London: Founder Diaries

Techstars S14 – wrapping up Week 4

Time flies. As Jon Bradford (MD, Techstars) puts it, “It feels like you’ve been here forever, yet at the same time, time goes by so quickly.”

Last night, we had a round table (without the table), each going in circles sharing what was the one best thing that you’ve learned in the first month through Techstars. That moment, we all felt that camaraderie, a sense of belonging and kinship as fellow entrepreneurs, and as a fellow Techstars batch.

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Quote: Elon Musk on Working Hours

“If other people are putting in 40-hour workweeks, and you’re putting in 100-hour workweeks, then, even if you’re doing the same thing, you will achieve in four months what it takes them a year to achieve.”

– Elon Musk (video)

Quote: Muhammad Ali on Impossible

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

– Muhammad Ali

Entrepreneur’s Puberty

I’ve always wondered why typical first-time employees go through something similar two to three years into their careers. You start to have doubts, feel like you are not growing fast anymore, find the temptation to jump to another company, or start studying again in a graduate school. I’ve felt it and many of my colleagues and friends have went through something similar. Some people call this (roughly translated) worker puberty, where one feels like she needs a big change in her career.

After working on my first startup for a bit more than four years, many of the entrepreneurs I’ve met seemed to have gone through something I’d like to call entrepreneur’s puberty. Assuming the pressure coming from doing a startup is bit more than that of a typical employee at a big firm, it seems like entrepreneur’s puberty hits a bit earlier in life — usually around 1.5 to 2 years into a startup.

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