This IS amazing. Hat tip @joestump
I have a hunch that the majority of startup centers in the nation lean left.
SF, Austin, NYC, Boston, Boulder.. predominantly vote blue in presidential elections.
Infrographic: Graph the last 5 presidential elections and the number of startups, or successful startup exits, or successful startup IPO’s by city. We know tech is an easy one, but what about finance, energy, or bio tech. Are certain types of startups more red or blue? Is it based on geography or industry?
I have a feeling liberals are better (high paid knowledge economy) job creators over the last 20 years.
This came thru the GangPlank backchannel today.
We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to remind you that it’s okay to “Be Dangerous’.
The warning signs of defending the status quo
When confronted with a new idea, do you:
- Consider the cost of switching before you consider the benefits?
- Highlight the pain to a few instead of the benefits for the many?
- Exaggerate how good things are now in order to reduce your fear of change?
- Undercut the credibility, authority or experience of people behind the change?
- Grab onto the rare thing that could go wrong instead of amplifying the likely thing that will go right?
- Focus on short-term costs instead of long-term benefits, because the short-term is more vivid for you?
- Fight to retain benefits and status earned only through tenure and longevity?
- Embrace an instinct to accept consistent ongoing costs instead of swallowing a one-time expense?
- Slow implementation and decision making down instead of speeding it up?
- Embrace sunk costs?
- Imagine that your competition is going to be as afraid of change as you are? Even the competition that hasn’t entered the market yet and has nothing to lose…
- Emphasize emergency preparation at the expense of a chronic and degenerative condition?
- Compare the best of what you have now with the possible worst of what a change might bring?
- Calling it out when you see it might give your team the strength to make a leap.
People like to get excited about things.
Sometimes I feel people have way too much time on their hands. Chill the fuck out.. relax. It will all be okay.
Little kings I call them. Everyone wants to be important. They like to argue about some minor point and will invest hours of time and energy to do so. Hey fuck head; You missed the bigger point while you were sweaty palmed typing out that 9 paragraph blog comment to a 2 paragraph post.
Quit reacting. Invest that energy into “doing”. The doers make the rules.
“But it takes time to reach product/market fit. Founders have to choose a market long before they have any idea whether they will reach product/market fit. In my opinion, the best predictor of whether a startup will achieve product/market fit is whether there is what David Lee calls “founder/market fit”. Founder/market fit means the founders have a deep understanding of the market they are entering, and are people who “personify their product, business and ultimately their company.”
not to toot my own horn too much, but this has worked well for Sally and I
it’s typical uninspired bubble bullshit from the SF echo chamber.. the good news is mindless valley leadership icons like Dave McClure, Loic and Scoble will masturbate to it being the next flipbook and they will raise a Series A. Tell them party like a rockstar and live it up, spend every dime because the rides gonna be short and the fall is gonna hurt like a mutha fucker.
Dear Governor Brewer,
Just let it go. Have you not already done enough, shining the national spotlight on Arizona for all the wrong reasons?
- Your debate speech (or lack there of)
- Slashing the education budget
- The Birther Bill
Please.. for all that is right in the world… Legalize it (the voters already approved), and tax the fuck out of it. Do we really need to waste more tax dollars on this?
At first I thought it would just be a fun gag and no one would care. Some 16,000 followers later, and thousands of hilarious RT’s, scrolling through the mentions and RT’s every few days is a sure laugh.
It’s pure comedy to see people add their own one liners and take Willy out of context.
A few recent choice examples:
Clearly Willy’s words are universal.
So Willy will be done by the end the summer, and I asked his followers if he should start over.. Survey says yes. So look forward to Willy starting fresh with the Sonnets and Macbeth (I think was one of his first plays) this Fall.
At first it was a gag, then it got interesting as people took notice.. now I almost see it as a civic duty to add a little culture to the often times inane and shallow conversation on twitter.
Please continue to enjoy. Willy is here for the duration.
What does it take to get a verified account on twitter now-a-days? You should all harass twitter inc. and tell them to make @IAM_SHAKESPEARE a verified account. hehe. Enjoy – @strebel.
Certain customer types cost way more to support than others.
Let me tell you a story perhaps you have heard before.
Customer A is a big shot tech company everyone has heard of. They need our WordPress hosting as they are tired of running that lone LAMP stack on one of their 150 AWS instances for their Ruby SaaS app. They spend 10′s of thousands of month on infrastructure and the few hundred dollars paid to us to look after their lone PHP app is part of doing business.
Customer B is small marketing consultant. No less awesome then Customer A as they too trust us to look after their WordPress site for but for only $20/mo. They are in business to make money as well and rely on their website for lead gen and marketing.
Customer A and Customer B enjoy the same amount of uptime and support response times, and besides the amount of resources they use, a few plan enhancements, and price they could very well be the same person.
When an issue occurs, say an unplanned reset of on our nodes that results in a few minutes of downtime the difference in the two customer types becomes obvious.
Downtime SUCKS ASS. Any issue that is out of norm SUCKS ASS. We know it sucks, they know it sucks.. there is no hiding the fact it sucks. Regardless of which customer type, we treat them the same when it comes to remedying issues.
Half the time customer A does not even notice a blip, and when they do they generate a support ticket in the tone of “FYI our site is down”. Customer B on the other hand always notices every hiccup, and generates multiple support tickets in the tone of “OMG the sky is falling, WTF my business is ruined!!! You guys suck so bad!”
Now the $25,000 question.
What’s the difference between Customer A and B? I have my guesses, but you tell me your thoughts.