How Free Creates More Revenue

Nothing is more critical to a growing startup than pricing strategy, and all too often startups leave too much money on the table by not charging enough. This makes it difficult to take full advantage of the new value their product creates.  As Marc Andreessen recently said, if he could put one phrase on a ...continue


Effective Mentorship

Recently, I crossed a passage in Let My People Go Surfing which deeply resonated with me because so few people seem to leverage the giving nature of others. I had no business experience so I started asking for advice.  If you admit you don’t know something people will fall over themselves trying to help.  – Kris Tompkins ...continue


The Cyclicality of Confidence

Most of my last few weeks have been tied up in various meetings.  The unique part has been that in those meetings my role has been quite different depending on the topic and the participants. After one of those meetings, I reflected on how I’ve changed my personal interactions over the years and how I’ve ...continue


Accelerating the Texas Flywheel

Yesterday, Capital Factory CEO Joshua Baer announced a partnership with The Dallas Entrepreneur Center to bring Texas’ biggest accelerator to Dallas.  In his post, The Texas Startup Manifesto, Baer proposed a “Texas startup Megatropolis” combining Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. The vision is exciting and highlights many of Texas’ obvious strengths: Growing at a ...continue


Resources for Entrepreneurs

Since our work is primarily focused in areas where the startup ecosystems are just beginning to grow, we often get questions that have been answered by more veteran investors or founders in more established markets.  Inspired by John Gannon’s blog and instead of finding them one-by-one in my bookmarks, I’ve decided to start compiling them ...continue


Unproductive Meetings

Recently, I decided to take a “themed” approach to my book selections.  The first theme has been centered around a new approach to my work habits.  I asked myself three questions (selected book): How can I learn more effectively and efficiently? (Make It Stick) How can I spend time in a deeper state of concentration ...continue


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