Beware of Taking Advice

Next Friday I get to deliver a keynote at Phoenix’s biggest startup event. But beware of taking advice from me–or anyone else. Startup events are great. Successful founders, executives and investors share war stories, keys to success, lessons learned. But when I give advice to entrepreneurs, I’m hyper conscious of what I might call myContinue reading “Beware of Taking Advice”

An Entrepreneurial Superpower

One of my entrepreneurial superpowers is asking questions at scale. Before I started Ancestry I went to libraries and conferences and asked questions. I learned why and how people do genealogy, best books and tools, etc. When we had 1M monthly users I ran surveys to learn more about them. I learned our visitors spentContinue reading “An Entrepreneurial Superpower”

The World’s Most Interesting Man

Forget the beer commercials. Ray Dalio is definitely the world’s most interesting man. On the one hand, he wrote an amazing book “Principles” to help other humans discover the principles that will help them be successful at work and in life. It describes his life journey and the principles he learned from making painful mistakes.Continue reading “The World’s Most Interesting Man”

Celebrating America’s Greatest Active Entrepreneurs

Gary Hoover, who is arguably America’s foremost student of business history and entrepreneurship (he has 57,000 books in his personal library!), asked this fascinating question: “Who is the greatest active American entrepreneur?” Spoiler alert. Gary selected someone who still runs the company he founded 46 years ago. This company has revenues of $50 billion, hasContinue reading “Celebrating America’s Greatest Active Entrepreneurs”

CEO Dilemma: Invest in People or in Automation?

Prominent CEOs often say something like “Our people are our greatest asset.” I saw this on the back of a diesel truck while driving through Colorado recently. Is this just lip service? I wonder how many CEOs actually believe it. How many CEOs consider their employees their single most important asset–a resource to be valued, protected,Continue reading “CEO Dilemma: Invest in People or in Automation?”

StrengthsFinder and Early Stage Investing

I visited the other day with the FIRST INVESTOR IN ANCESTRY.COM. He is an amazing man, a retired entrepreneur, a mentor to hundreds of entrepreneurs, and a very successful investor. He was not only the first investor in (which is worth billions), but also in 1-800-CONTACTS (probably worth $500M) and in Omniture, which sold to Adobe forContinue reading “StrengthsFinder and Early Stage Investing”

Best. Kickstarter. Ever. (for Entrepreneurs)

I really really like this new Kickstarter campaign. I can’t wait to see how much money it raises. And I can’t wait to read the book. If your name is Eric Ries and you created the Lean Startup movement–and you have friends like Fred Wilson and Brad Feld promoting it–your Kickstarter project to write theContinue reading “Best. Kickstarter. Ever. (for Entrepreneurs)”