Working on the first official pitch for your startup can be nerve-wracking because you’re asking people to take a chance on you. The only way to get your company off the ground is to start working. Part of that is having a professional website. There are some disheartening statistics surrounding startups. 50 percent of the new businesses fail in the first five years. 95 percent of the startup owners have at least a bachelor’s degree. Raising capital is the hardest thing to do These numbers are pretty daunting, but that doesn’t stop from thousands of people from starting their own business every day. […]
The Difference Between WordPress Companies and Silicon Valley Startups
The other night I read a line in one of the awesome posts at the Matt Report. (By the way, if you’ve never watched Matt’s interviews, you’re really missing out.) The line was this: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: We’re in an interesting phase of the WordPress growth spurt. It’s only a matter of time until we see some larger WordPress companies really break away from the pack and follow the traditional path of a Silicon Valley startup. And that got me thinking. As someone who spent a decade in five Silicon Valley startups and now […]
Entrepreneurship Isn’t Easier the 2nd (or 3rd) Time
You step onto a boat. It feels different—but you expected that, because you’re on the water. And while you enjoy the next few hours (or days) on the boat, you don’t really think about what it will be like when you step onto dry land. When you finally step onto land, it’s apparent you’ve developed “sea legs” because you still feel like you’re moving, even when you’re not. It’s not like you’ve never walked before. It’s not like you don’t know that you’re now on land. You just can’t out-think the reality that your brain and body got used to […]
3 Metrics for WordPress Startups
I don’t know if you’ve ever visited Boston or Cambridge. I’ve been out to the area several times and other than where I live (San Diego), it’s my favorite part of the country. One of my favorite things to see there happens on the Charles River. Wake up early enough and you’ll notice rowers out on the river, working in tandem to move up or downstream. Only a couple of years ago did I get curious about how they do what they do. After all, I think it’s the only sport where people cross the finish line looking backwards. Right? […]
What Does “Startup” Mean?
The current economy being a bit recessed across the US, a lot of people are unable to find jobs and are turning to entrepreneurship and starting their own companies instead. The dream of entrepreneurship has become more motivating than the goal of working for 40 years and living out your final years on retirement savings. There are a lot of different companies to be started: small businesses, service-oriented businesses, and startups. There is a bit of confusion about what it means to start a startup. Not all new companies are startups, nor should they be. Definition of a Startup A […]
Mullenweg and Calacanis: This Week in Startups Interview
Matt spent some time with Jason Calacanis in a very long interview about startups, Automattic, WordPress, and more. If you’ve got some time it’s worth seeing. If not, you can always get the audio version as well here via iTunes: http://bit.ly/TwiStA Check it out:
The WordPress Weekend Roundup
What a week it has been my friends! I’m not so sure about you, but this past week nearly killed me – trying to get back into the “groove” of things gets harder and harder and harder. But we survived the first week of April, didn’t we? On to the next one!
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