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Pretty sweet iphone “amp”
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Honda’s Mean Mower - officially the world’s fastest lawnmower! (by HondaVideo)

Experiments with Sous Vide cooking…  The perfect steak - every time… I built the controller from parts ordered on Amazon for about $40 (Prime 2-day shipping of course).  First effort with steak came out pretty much perfect! (with a red wine reduction sauce - steak was good, the sauce needed work…) Don’t mind the shoddy photos…
Unfamiliar with Sous Vide? check this out too.
Check out plans to build your own…
I want this one someday…  Experiments with Sous Vide cooking…  The perfect steak - every time… I built the controller from parts ordered on Amazon for about $40 (Prime 2-day shipping of course).  First effort with steak came out pretty much perfect! (with a red wine reduction sauce - steak was good, the sauce needed work…) Don’t mind the shoddy photos…
Unfamiliar with Sous Vide? check this out too.
Check out plans to build your own…
I want this one someday…  Experiments with Sous Vide cooking…  The perfect steak - every time… I built the controller from parts ordered on Amazon for about $40 (Prime 2-day shipping of course).  First effort with steak came out pretty much perfect! (with a red wine reduction sauce - steak was good, the sauce needed work…) Don’t mind the shoddy photos…
Unfamiliar with Sous Vide? check this out too.
Check out plans to build your own…
I want this one someday… 

Experiments with Sous Vide cooking…  The perfect steak - every time… I built the controller from parts ordered on Amazon for about $40 (Prime 2-day shipping of course).  First effort with steak came out pretty much perfect! (with a red wine reduction sauce - steak was good, the sauce needed work…) Don’t mind the shoddy photos…

Unfamiliar with Sous Vide? check this out too.

Check out plans to build your own

I want this one someday… 

The Wisdom of the Great Ron Swanson - too true my friend, too true The Wisdom of the Great Ron Swanson - too true my friend, too true The Wisdom of the Great Ron Swanson - too true my friend, too true The Wisdom of the Great Ron Swanson - too true my friend, too true The Wisdom of the Great Ron Swanson - too true my friend, too true The Wisdom of the Great Ron Swanson - too true my friend, too true

The Wisdom of the Great Ron Swanson - too true my friend, too true

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Essay in Stone…
j:

churlishrevelry:

Our school has this “Stone Tablet Policy” which basically says that there is no excuse for not turning in your assignments and that you must turn them in even if you have to carve it into a stone tablet.
So this kid carved his 8 page essay about California drug laws into $70 worth of limestone.

Respect.

Agreed… Essay in Stone…
j:

churlishrevelry:

Our school has this “Stone Tablet Policy” which basically says that there is no excuse for not turning in your assignments and that you must turn them in even if you have to carve it into a stone tablet.
So this kid carved his 8 page essay about California drug laws into $70 worth of limestone.

Respect.

Agreed…

Essay in Stone…

j:

churlishrevelry:

Our school has this “Stone Tablet Policy” which basically says that there is no excuse for not turning in your assignments and that you must turn them in even if you have to carve it into a stone tablet.

So this kid carved his 8 page essay about California drug laws into $70 worth of limestone.

Respect.

Agreed…

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I do find it initially interesting that the Gold-Bitcoin correlation is above 0.6. Maybe people view Bitcoin as a Dollar alternative just as they do Gold? When trust in the dollar wanes, Bitcoin gains? That’s a pretty obvious observation not just from this data but from half of the journalism written on it as well. Either way, not much historical data yet so it’ll be interesting to watch…

What are your biggest regrets when starting a company? Culture, scaling, hiring, marketing, etc.

Answer by Jason M. Lemkin:

I don’t have any true regrets in either of the companies I co-founded.

But let me list the Top 10 mistakes I made in the first 12-18 months starting a SaaS company that still ended up being a pretty solid success:

  • Launching Too Early.  This paid off with press, PR, etc.  But we should have made the product better and waited 3-5 more months before public launch.
  • Insufficient Diligence.  While I thought I understood the market we were attempting to create and attack, with time, I realized I didn’t fully research comps as deeply or successfully as I could have.  If I had, I would have better understood the likely end point vis-a-vis freemium vs. enterprise.  And then, I would have invested (much) more wisely in Year 1 especially.
  • Turning Down Extra Series A Funds That Were Offered and That We Ended Up Needing.  I ran it probably too lean, not so much to avoid dilution, but I guess, to maintain control in some fashion.  That wasn’t necessary.  We ended up needing another $500k in our Series A to get to the B.  Not the end of the world, but it could have been.  We should have taken more money when initially offered.  In fact, I made this mistake twice.  We also turned down $2-$4m extra in the Series B.  We should have taken $2m more.
  • Not Hiring 2-3 Sales Reps to Start.  I started with one.  I thought this was a better way to learn.  I should have hired 2-3 as soon as we were ready for 1.  You can learn a lot more if you see how 2-3 reps perform than just one.
  • Not Realizing Our First “Enterprise” Customer Would Likely Be the Same as Our 1000th.  Our first ‘enterprise’ customer seemed like an outlier.  In fact, the use case, the profile, was the same as our 1,000th.   We made this customer happy and successful.  But I should have “listened” to why that enterprise customer took such an early risk on us.  Instead, we wondered if they were an outlier or nichey.
  • Confusing MVP and MSP.  A minimal viable product isn’t interesting in SaaS.  A minimal sellable product is.  It wasn’t clear which we were building for our 1.0.
  • Scaling Too Slowly — and Too Quickly.  I should have invested a little more in sales reps, more quickly, one we had some initial traction (see above).  But I also tried to scale up too quickly after our Series B.  Money has to chase opportunity at this phase.  Instead, I tried things I strongly suspected wouldn’t work in the hopes of growing even faster.  That was a mistake.  I should have told my investors I was taking a pause after our Series B, and invested another 3-6 months in processes and people, instead of rushing to ‘Scale Up’.
  • In Year 1, Not Seeing What Was Working, Stuck in the Fog of “The Plan”.  I should have gotten more, better advisors in the early days.  We accomplished so many great things in our first year.  But I couldn’t see it, because we came up short on our revenue plan.  But we hit everything else.  I wish someone had been there to show me just how well we actually somehow did in Year 1.
  • Should Have Spent More Time Recruiting & Upgrading the Team.  I spent a ton of time here.  But I should have spent even more.  You just can’t settle or hire a B player.  Time is the real reason we settle.
  • Not Going Long All the Time.  I believed in the big market, and the big opportunity.  But the endless operational challenges post-Traction buried me a little too much. Instead of just focusing on hitting the number for this year, and working on the next — a full time job already — I should have found a way to also focus on hitting the numbers for 4 and 10 years out.  That can seem hard to do, even a luxury.  But it’s not.

My 10, FWIW.

Don’t make any of these mistakes yourself.  They are 100% avoidable.

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Are you thinking long-term enough?

Good piece - definitely worth the read…

xeniosblog:

Warren Buffet was once asked by Jeff Bezos a long time friend of his: “you are the second richest man in the world and yet you have the simplest investment thesis. How come others didn’t follow this?”  To which Warren Buffets responded: “because no one wants to get rich slowly” 

In a nutshell that’s what’s wrong (or rather what’s not quite right) with a lot of the investment community today, from public markets to private equity investors and unfortunately it trickles down into too many companies. You can’t time-box success. You can’t sprint a marathon. And you can’t measure success with speed but only by the  magnitude (and significance) of the end result.  Building to flip is easy. Building to last is difficult and you cannot take short cuts.

This is my one biggest learning from being an entrepreneur now for 10 years. Every time I put the short term over the long term it backfired. Whether it’s not firing a misfit whom you ‘need’ today (or so you think) lest you create instability, or building stuff that generates immediate but not lasting growth. Maximizing for vanity metrics versus sanity.  

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Sacrilege! I traded in the MacBook Air AND the iPad for a Surface Pro 2

And did it with a smile! It was an interesting decision process as so many reviews are mixed on the SP2 but for me, it fit the bill and fit it well.

I feel like most of the reviews were crude attempts to fit the SP2 into the iPad/apple box instead of letting it breath on its own. It’s a bit of an “Apples” to Oranges (hah!) comparison depending on your needs and workflow. 

Like shopping for cars, some need cars, others need trucks - some like Ford, some like Chevy, some like Tesla (me). So I’m sure others will draw different conclusions but I figured I’d share mine. 

Lets jump into the pros/cons and thoughts vs. my MacBook Air/iPad… FOR ME.  

The Pros: 

  • Portability - it is a 10” tablet with a slim cover that doubles as the keyboard, extremely portable and keyboard is great.
  • Great couch surfer - since it is a tablet AND a laptop, it is great to surf the web and relax on the couch, much better than the MB air.
  • Built in kickstand - this is money… The convenience of having a kickstand built in (and executed quite well) is something I never knew I missed with the iPad until now. 
  • The UI - yes, it is different but different isn’t bad and frankly I like it now (once I got used to it a bit). Its fresh and new instead of the same ol’. And you can always retreat to the classic desktop when the real work needs getting done. 
  • Multitasking & gestures - this is likely the best part. The ability to snap apps into place, split screen very easily and just move things around,  in between, etc. is fabulous. The trick is learning all the gestures and options but once you see them, they are simple, pretty intuitive and great to use. 
  • Its Windows - it syncs perfectly with my desktop (which has always been windows) and has all the program options and compatibility offered by Windows. 
  • One tool to rule them all - I like the ability to go from watching a show on Netflix, playing on twitter, couch surfing etc. to busting out the keyboard and hunkering down to get some work done. I can’t do that with the iPad, having to go grab the other device and I never carried both of them when out of the house. 
  • Wacom Digitizer/Stylus - I’ve finally dropped my notebook from the bag and replaced it with the SP2 (oneNote and Evernote). If you are unfamiliar, this allows the stylus to be super accurate and ignore other inputs, it is taking notes with paper & pen. Editing photos, art, etc. is also fantastic and blows the iPad out of the water. This was a big checkbox for me when shopping.
  • The “blades” concept - I really hope they play with this concept and create more attachments and blades as this would be sweet - they need to open up an SDK and get developers/makers experimenting…

The Cons: 

  • The keyboard trackpad - its terrible compared to the MB Air. It does have multi-touch but is not nearly as responsive and way smaller (size is understandable given the constraints)
  • Keyboard connection glitches - occasionally the keyboard will glitch out and I can’t find the mouse until I detach and reconnect. Has happened about 5 times in 2 weeks. Easy fix but annoying nonetheless.
  • Tablet APPS - not nearly enough tablet-centric apps. This is of course mentioned all over the web and is a real issue. Fortunately, the essentials are there or have an equivalent (i.e. email, social, news, readers, etc.) I’m not a gamer so the lack of games means little to me though I’ve heard its rough too. Of course the full desktop mode compensates in many cases but it would be nice to have more for sure and those that they do have are rarely as deeply developed as their iOS/Android counterparts. 

Additional thoughs on MB Air & iPad:

I’m not a fan of having to deal with too many devices, especially with very different UI environments (don’t “sync” well in my opinion). Actually 3 UIs as my home desktop is Windows 8… actually… 4! since I have an Android phone (Note 3)… By dropping iOS & Mac OS, I’m left with just Windows & Android. 

I can understand situations where people are heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem, utilizing iCloud, iMessage, have a lot of paid for, or exclusive, apps - tons of itunes music, etc. making a transition like this much more unlikely (good anchored business model Apple!). Fortunately for this decision, I am definitely not one of those and typically choose tools, apps, music, etc. that are platform agnostic (or at least mostly so… I am pretty invested in the Google ecosystem with gmail, calendar, etc. but that tends to cross platforms quite well). This made my decision much simpler. 

The iPad was good for surfing and playing for me but never really a “productivity” device. I’m no gamer so never took advantage of that side of things. There are obviously some solid productivity apps but it becomes a mute point when I can only get so far before needing to get on a different machine to finish projects, transfer to another app that isn’t iOS friendly, or simply need the precision of a mouse and keyboard, etc.

The iPad has seen MUCH more use and been more valuable to my 4 year old son.  He is a pro on it (thanks to iOS simplicity) and loves it. There are also a ton of great learning apps, games, video apps, etc. It now is officially his…

Well there you go. My decision to become a Surface Pro 2 user… Let me know any questions or additional thoughts!