Before the Techstars Demoday of 2014

When you watch the World Cup, you notice the stark difference between the football players who’ve played on the European leagues and those who haven’t.

The sheer amount of experience you learn competing against the top players, being part of a great team is something that is unparalleled, and this is exactly what will push you forward light years ahead of your pack.

For me, Techstars felt like that experience I needed as an entrepreneur. Even though I had the fortune of selling my previous startup, this program feels like the place where you can really learn how to present yourself, how to crystalize your thoughts, how to deliver your execution, and bring out the best in yourself.

Without doubt, I would recommend the program to any aspiring entrepreneurs to take part in this wonderful journey.

Eleven Compelling Startup Pitch Archetypes (with examples from YC companies) – The Art of Ass-Kicking

Good stuff.

Eleven Compelling Startup Pitch Archetypes (with examples from YC companies) – The Art of Ass-Kicking

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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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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