The Startup Maze

I recently gave a talk at UW-Madison.  The presentation--part of WARF's Entrepreneurons Series--was about entrepreneurship generally, and more specifically, about what it's like to think up, launch and scale a start up.  It's something I've done four times, and I really enjoy drawing lessons from the success and failure I've had along the way. Start-ups are … Continue reading The Startup Maze

Find the Experts-How to use Podcasts & Curated Lists to get Smarter/Faster/Better

In my last post announcing my EIR role at American Family Ventures, I mentioned how much I value working shoulder to shoulder with smart people. Today, I want to highlight another method to surround yourself with brilliant people that can teach you, inspire you and drive you, even if you don’t have the opportunity to … Continue reading Find the Experts-How to use Podcasts & Curated Lists to get Smarter/Faster/Better

Travel School. What I Learned Homeschooling my Son for Five Months

My wife, son and I just returned from a 5-month trip. We spent most of this time sailing a boat from Grenada to the Virgin Islands. Just the three of us—it was an amazing, inspiring, awesomely fun adventure. I had several goals for the trip, but now that it’s over, I think one of the … Continue reading Travel School. What I Learned Homeschooling my Son for Five Months

Want to be more creative? Go Running.

I was just reading Peter Thiel’s fascinating new book, Zero to One, in which he argues that the best startup businesses strive for a game changing technological breakthrough. Rather than work on small incremental enhancements, entrepreneurs should seek out quantum leaps that enable their companies to enjoy monopoly profits. Think Google. Not the 42nd e-commerce startup … Continue reading Want to be more creative? Go Running.