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Relationships are More Important then Deadlines

December 28, 2011   -   0 comments   -  

Two years ago we were late on delivering a project, and one of the developers came up to me and told me his launch-critical piece of functionality was delayed… again. Blame it on fatigue (I’d been up for about 30 hours) and inexperience but I made a critical mistake. I got angry. I yelled for

I’ve got a great idea for a startup, now what?

November 9, 2011   -   1 comment   -  

On Oct 20th, I was invited to give a talk at NYU Stern as part of the Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. Below is a video of the talk, key takeaways and my slides. Enjoy. Video Key Takeaways Investment and tech talent is earned not given.  What can you do to further your idea on your own?

The first version of your product is going to suck… launch anyway

September 22, 2011   -   2 comments   -  

For most people the idea of launching a half-baked product is horrifying. You’ve been talking up your idea for months, been working crazy hours and even taken money from friends and family. This is the first time people will be seeing what you’ve been dreaming about and you want everything to be perfect. You feel

Why it’s Important to Share your Startup Idea

September 21, 2011   -   1 comment   -  

We speak with a ton of idea stage entrepreneurs through StartupGiraffe. Many times, people think we’re going to “Zuckerberg their Winklevoss” and steal whatever brilliant ideas they have. Because of this, they speak in generalizations and vagaries (it’s like LinkedIn meets Yelp for Healthcare with Farmville-style gamification). Unfortunately if you don’t tell us the details

The Top 6 Mistakes Idea Stage Entrepreneurs Make

June 30, 2011   -   11 comments   -  

Since the launch of Startup Giraffe I’ve had the opportunity to speak to 50+ idea stage entrepreneurs.  I’ve been amazed at the diversity of good ideas that folks from outside of the startup scene have.  Through conversations with them I’ve realized that many could improve the way they think about launching products.  Here are some

Latest Venture: Startup Giraffe

June 2, 2011   -   28 comments   -  

Over the past few months my two buddies and I have worked on a bunch of different projects.  From StoryStack to  Tractorbe.am to AudioJux (plus a few others), we’ve realized a few things: We get all fired up about new ideas We’re really good at building the first iteration or two of a product We love working

Deciding Between Startup Ideas

March 9, 2011   -   8 comments   -  

No one said working at a startup was easy. Although we started StoryStack with the intensity of a thousand suns we’ve hit a few bumps along the way. Through three iterations of the product and countless meetings with friends and advisors we’ve realized the product in it’s current form is unlikely to be successful.  We’ve

Thoughts on Being a First Time Entrepreneur in New York

January 27, 2011   -   4 comments   -  

It’s been just over three months since I moved back to NY to work on StoryStack.  The main reason for leaving India was ’cause I kept reading how the NY tech scene was exploding (and I was sick of samosas… j/k I still love samosas).  So what’s it like being a first time entrepreneur in

Introducing StoryStack

November 29, 2010   -   7 comments   -  

For the past few weeks my two buddies and I have been coding non-stop and last night completed the first iteration of our product.  Now it’s time to take a step back, get some people using the app and see if we’re on the right track. What’s the product? StoryStack lets people create beautiful digital

Steal This Product Idea #4 – CricketFaceoff.com

August 26, 2010   -   7 comments   -  

I’ve been playing Fantasy Football for the last 8 years and absolutely love it.   For those who don’t know how it works: you join a league with your friends, draft real players, and accumulate points based on how the players do in real life.  Each week you match up against one of your friends,

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