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What Works in Silicon Valley Doesn’t Work Everywhere – And What You Can Do About It

The Lean Startup Conference hosted an amazing webinar today called Beyond Silicon Valley: Applying Lean Startup Around the Globe.  Justin Wilcox, Takashi Tsutsumi (aka “The Steve Blank of Japan”), and I shared our experiences helping entrepreneurs worldwide apply Lean Startup principles. Video streaming by Ustream I’d like to share with you the key points I took […]

Primum non obturba: The Startup Mentor’s Oath

Summary: With worldwide explosion of entrepreneurship educational programs and accelerators, more and more of us are mentoring startups. In our eagerness to help, sometimes we can distract entrepreneurs from the most critical issues they need to address. Hence the Mentor’s Oath: Primum non obturba – First, don’t distract.

Singapore’s Startup Accelerator JFDI – Lean Startups, the Right Way

Summary: I just returned from a fantastic and fun week of mentoring at the Joyful Frog Digital Incubator (JFDI) – Singapore’s first startup accelerator. They don’t just talk Lean – Customer Development is the very foundation of their program. I was really impressed with JFDI and had a blast working with Ray Wu & Justin Wilcox.

How to Ask for Startup Advice – Part 2

In Part 1 I covered some basic guidelines for getting good startup advice.  These are a few additional tips. Forget “Startup Gurus” – Ask Smart People for Advice Nobody knows nothin. Mark Andreesen, at a speech I heard him give in 2001. Listen to a micropodcast about “startup gurus” on Soundcloud. When I first started in […]

Empathy Trumps Experience: Why You Vastly Underestimate How Helpful You Can Be

Summary: “Expert” is a myth our complex, rapidly-changing world, yet most people feel like they’re not experienced enough to offer advice and help to others. They’re wrong. Everyone has experiences that can help others and novices are often in the best position to give advice because they recently experienced the beginning challenges. But expert or novice, being truly empathetic is the real key to being helpful.

Want to Write Inspiring Blog Posts? Help Your Readers with Office Hours

Summary: Anyone who reads my blog can get additional startup help by booking office hours with me. In these meetings we talk about their day-to-day challenges – conversations that are inspiring my most popular blog posts. Office hours have helped me realize that seemingly obvious solutions to me are not obvious to everyone.