Why it’s good to befriend your competitors

Here's a bit of contrarian advice: Be nice to your competitors. In fact, befriend them, because you just might make a pile of money as a result. I've always taken this road and it has never backfired. I'm going to describe a bunch of examples here and then generalize the approach for your own situation.… Continue reading Why it’s good to befriend your competitors

Business evaluation: Ahoy

Edit: Ahoy is now live so I've included links. I'm still working on the web3 project I previously wrote about. In November 2021 I wrote this description of a fundraising tool that I hoped could be used to influence votes on climate legislation. Rather than collecting signatures, this project would collect cash, real dollars, and… Continue reading Business evaluation: Ahoy

Taking the CEO job at MightySignal

Earlier this summer the Apple App Store celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Since it launched a decade ago, iPhone users downloaded over 200 billion apps and the App Store now holds over 4 million of them to choose from. The tremendous growth in the mobile app market spawned an additional ecosystem around software development kits (SDKs).… Continue reading Taking the CEO job at MightySignal

Lifestyle over money

I reconnected with a few college friends recently who I rarely see. They were overachievers — 3.95 GPAs at UC Berkeley (which is quite literally insane, especially in the poli sci and math departments they graduated from) — and went on to get great jobs and MBAs from Stanford and Harvard. They both have plenty of money, lots of… Continue reading Lifestyle over money

Toofr LLC quarterly report: Q2 2018

I write this from the creek in my backyard where the mosquitos are celebrating this oddly cool summer morning in Walnut Creek by devouring my shins. I like to work down here anyway. It's a reminder that nothing is perfect and it'll also force me to type a bit faster. Q2 ended with a really… Continue reading Toofr LLC quarterly report: Q2 2018

From good to great

An excerpt from The Parallel Entrepreneur If you can get your business up to $10,000 in monthly recurring revenue (MRR), then that’s really good. Most entrepreneurs never get there. It’s good but not great. Jonathan Siegel gave me advice that I’ll never forget. I use this bit of wisdom to fire up my drive. He… Continue reading From good to great

The 3 things that mattered to me in 2017

I can encapsulate my 2017 in three quick topics. Fatherhood This year began with a very high high and a very low low. The high was Norah, born just a month before the new year. I was excited to be a new dad again and go into it seasoned this time. I wanted to soak… Continue reading The 3 things that mattered to me in 2017