Finding "Unicorns:" Questions to Ask Before You Invest in a Startup

Finding "Unicorns:" Questions to Ask Before You Invest in a Startup

Many people ask me about startup investing and how to get started.   This post — while for informational purposes only and not investment advice — is intended to show you how one successful investor approached the early-stage game. Jason Calacanis (@jason) has made 125 early-stage startup investments and picked 6 “unicorns” (startups to exceed …

Transcript: The 10 Commandments of Startup Success with Reid Hoffman

Transcript: The 10 Commandments of Startup Success with Reid Hoffman

When Reid Hoffman — who is rightly called “the Oracle of Silicon Valley” by many tech giants — returned to the podcast, I figured it would be popular, but it exploded. Many of you have asked for the transcript of our conversation, so you can find it below. More accurately, it’s a draft script, so …

Peter Diamandis's 9 Rules For Building A Successful Business

Peter Diamandis's 9 Rules For Building A Successful Business

Dr. Peter Diamandis (@PeterDiamandis) has been named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune magazine. In the field of innovation, Diamandis is Chairman and CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, best known for its $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for private spaceflight. Today the XPRIZE leads the world in designing and operating large-scale global competitions …

How to Say "No" When It Matters Most (or "Why I'm Taking a Long 'Startup Vacation'")

How to Say "No" When It Matters Most (or "Why I'm Taking a Long 'Startup Vacation'")

(Photo: Michael Matti) The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. – Lin Yutang Discipline equals freedom. – Jocko Willink This post will attempt to teach you how to say “no” when it matters most. At the very least, it will share my story of getting there. It’s a doozy. Here’s the short version: I’m …

What Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, and Bob Dylan Have In Common

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, and co-Founder and Chairman of the Singularity University, a Silicon Valley-based institution partnered with NASA, Google, Autodesk and Nokia. Dr. Diamandis attended MIT, where he received his degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering, as well as Harvard Medical School where …