The Most Successful Startup Teams are Curious

If curiosity means being open to other ways of seeing or doing things, then how does that affect our businesses? How can being curious improve our leadership? And, what’s the business case for being more curious, if anything at all? A couple of weeks ago, a conversation on top of a mountain opened my own eyes a bit around areas where I might need to be more curious, and here’s some of what I’m learning.

We Can All Stop Caring About What Our Competitors Are Doing

If you’ve spent any time around me lately—at ALL—you know that I can’t get enough of SoulCycle. It’s a gym where you ride a stationary bike, but it also strangely feels like the perfect mix between both a club and a church. It’s also an incredible workout and, right now, I am SoulCycle’s biggest fanboy. Last […]

The Four Reasons Our World Needs Startups

About a week ago, I was in Cairo for the Flat6Labs Demo Day. It was an incredible experience all around. Somehow, they actually allowed me to take the microphone and welcome everyone to the event. I would normally get up and say something like, “It’s so great to be here. Thanks for coming. I’m excited to see the companies and hope you are, too.” This time, though, I realized that it wasn’t the type of situation that warranted a soft, generic welcome.

You Actually Aren’t Competing with Bigger Cities

In all of my travel, especially when I visit small or medium-sized cities all over the world, a common theme keeps coming up for me and I think it’s important to address. Here’s what it is and how I think we can make a shift into something far more positive.

Guest Post: More Great Management Tips

After writing my recent post on how the Joy of Managing is in the Struggle, I heard from Doreen Kula, a Venture Development consultant and coach at Winshall, an [LP in the GAN Community]. With a ton of experience under her belt, she had some great insights on management to share and I wanted to pass them along.

Why Accelerators Work

Every month, I inevitably get asked why the accelerator model continues to be so successful. It’s a valid question (and one usually asked by Ph.D. students). This time, I’m breaking it down for everyone to hear.

Don’t Kill Me—I Don’t Use Slack

Most of us are getting bombarded with incoming messages, all the time. Emails, texts, voicemails, meetings, surprise drop-ins, and…Slack. Not only has the constant barrage been hard on my time, but it’s been hard on my mental health. So, I decided to choose only the communication channels that work for me, and it’s made all the difference.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians

If we followed what the numbers tell us, we’d only write about how to get you funding and the latest news on Elon Musk breaking up with his girlfriend. But, while those play a role in startup life, they’re not always what we most deeply care about. So, we’ve been asking ourselves big questions about how we’re producing content and where we’re engaging online.