Finding the Side Door: Startup Lessons from RXBar, 5-hour Energy, and More

Finding the Side Door: Startup Lessons from RXBar, 5-hour Energy, and More

This guest post is authored by Guy Raz (@guyraz), the Michael Phelps of podcasting. Guy is the creator and host of many popular podcasts, including How I Built This, Wisdom from the Top, and The Rewind. Guy is also the co-creator of the acclaimed podcasts TED Radio Hour and Wow in the World, a podcast …

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 …