Bad News is the Best News

The very strongest startup founders have an unnatural attraction to bad news. They will go to great lengths to find it. Bad news might be a customer defecting to a competitor. Or, an expert says their business plan just won't work. Strong founders know that bad news is the best way to get better. Good news, on the other hand, just doesn't show you your gaps. Bad news tells you where and how to improve. I first learned this from a second-time founder. We decided to pass on his investment…

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Startup Spotlight: Dauber

San Antonio and Austin-based startup Dauber announced their seed funding round closed last week. I've known Brian for a long time and have always been impressed by his determination. One of my favorite writeups is by Xconomy. Oh, and the most fun was this tweet by the guy who owns @Dauber on twitter: My new favorite case of mistaken identity. What an amazing name for a dump truck app! And the logo is a wasp (mud dauber I assume) pic.twitter.com/5CU3BALdHq— Mike Dauber (@dauber) June 23, 2017…

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RealCo Hiring: Podcast Producer (part-time)

We're wanting to try an experiment at RealCo and produce a podcast. I've looked far and wide for the equivalent of Book In A Box but for Podcasts. I can't find it. So, we're going to try to hire someone part-time to produce it. Check the job description below: https://angel.co/realco/jobs/252341-podcast-producer-part-time We're happy to work with a firm that wants this business. We just haven't found anyone wanting to do it.…

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Goodbye Wordpress; Hello Ghost

I had enough of Wordpress as my blogging platform of choice. The spaghetti nature of it seemed incompatible with what the web wants today. I wanted my blog to feel like Medium, but couldn't get there with Wordpress. (Yes, I could have paid for one of the Wordpress skins that looks like Medium, but that wouldn't have resulted in the snappiness and security that I wanted.) Some folks have gone straight to Medium as their publishing platform. Others to LinkedIn or Facebook. I'm a firm believer that I want to…

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The Great Debate on Working Smarter vs Working Harder

The PayPal crowd had no network and literally no connections in Silicon Valley. And many enemies. But tremendous work ethic. — Keith Rabois (@rabois) June 1, 2017 With Marc Andreesen off of Twitter, Keith Rabois of Kholsa Ventures has taken over the role of Twitter VC Bad Boy. If you have a moment, take a read through his stream (and replies) regarding his thoughts on the connections between work ethic and success. No doubt one has to work very hard and work very smart and get very lucky to achieve huge…

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