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Leaving the runway

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The truth is, if founders knew what they were up against, many would never leave the runway.

via Wiley Cerilli’s Blog.

Written by John Gannon

December 16, 2014 at 12:40 pm

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What do angel investors look for?

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* Blow my mind away with your brilliant product

* Show me a team that’s so strong I can’t imagine you failing

* Demonstrate so much traction that you’re pretty much already successful

Pick one.

via Dan Shapiro – AngelList.

Written by John Gannon

December 12, 2014 at 11:41 am

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This wasn’t as risky as it seemed

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Like most decisions, this one wasn’t as risky as it seemed. If you’re the sort of person who can afford to quit his/her job to make things, everything’ll be okay regardless of how this all turns out.

via Build products | Christina Cacioppo.

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December 7, 2014 at 10:42 am

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(The most?) important product manager job requirement

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Great engineers and designers almost always want to work with you…because you are there for the product and for them, not for yourself.

via (52) Product Manager – Feed – Careers – Quora.

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December 5, 2014 at 4:58 pm

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The Birth Of Floodgate

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In the early days, I decided this is a people-flow business and not a deal-flow business. I’ve always had this leap of faith that if you just spend all your time with smart awesome people, that the dots will forward connect. The deals will reveal themselves, and somehow you’ll get into some good ones.

via The Birth Of Floodgate: Text Of My Discussion With Mike Maples – Haywire.

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November 20, 2014 at 9:22 pm

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The Agency Moment

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Agency is not automatic. It has to be given birth to, with pushing and effort. It’s not just the confidence and drive to act. It’s having engraved inner criteria to guide action. The agency moment can happen at any age, or never. I guess that’s when adulthood starts.

via The Agency Moment – NYTimes.com.

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November 15, 2014 at 8:57 am

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Datacenter Networking trends run counter to Moore’s Law

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James Hamilton is the man when it comes to datacenter efficiency and economics, so if he says it, believe it…

Networking is interesting because it’s an area that is running counter-Moore and actually getting relatively more expensive while the rest of the industry is going the other way

via Perspectives – AWS re:Invent Conference.

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November 8, 2014 at 10:09 pm

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