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The Paradox of Japan’s Startup Ecosystem

The new year has come and 365 days gone by since my first visit to Japan. Japan is a showcase of disparity and paradox. Every city visited, it was clear that Japan...

Top 6 Critical Mistakes that Startups Make

I’ve worked in a number of startups, and even started a few of my own, over the last 19 years. Everything from bootstrapped, idea phase to funded with millions and running off the ground....

Understanding Kazakhstan: The Oily Valley of Opportunities

Kazakhstan, one of the largest countries in the world blessed with natural resources and now tech innovative investments. Kazakhstan has enormous national wealth, about 85% of which falls on the natural resource potential. This...

Killing Unicorns – Startup Valuation in Perspective

We have all seen statements such as "Uber is worth four times more than Hertz, and it doesn't own a single car." While there is a kernel of truth to this statement--Uber's latest round...

7 Important Books for Entrepreneurs & Their Key Takeaways

I wanted to present a few of the entrepreneurial books I love. These are the best of the best I’ve found, full stop. I’ve “auditioned” many books in places like Barnes and Noble, with a...

A New Philosophy of Business

I’m about to ask you to take a mental leap. For the next 8 minutes, suspend your notions of what a business is, and I’ll propose a new lens for you to look through. There are...

Working Smart & Working Hard

Some of the best parts of my time at Mozilla were the moments of brilliant humility. We had assholes, to be sure, but there would be these moments… 20 people sitting around...

How to Spot Technology Trends & Make Them Happen

“The future’s so bright I gotta wear shades.” Pat MacDonald How do we visualize the present to create the future? One way to predict the future is to create it collaboratively guided by Supertrends and...

The Failure of Google+: What We Should Learn

Pitched internally as an answer to the competitive threat posed by Facebook, project “Emerald Sea” eventually became Google+. I remember Joseph Smarr and Chris Messina writing back in 2011 something to the effect that ‘sharing...

What I Found when I Simulated the Future Returns of Bitcoin

Disclaimer: This is just for fun, my opinion and not investment advice. Do your due diligence, don’t do stupid things and don’t hold more USD than you can afford to lose. Anyway, in the particular...