How Do You Convince Someone to Join Your Startup

This is a super common question where they where someone wants to start a startup and they’re like, well, how do we get a co-founder? How do we get my first employees? And my advice is the following. First, you have to convince yourself if you’re not fully

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Hiring Tips

The first question that I’m going to tackle is what are the qualities that you should look for when you’re hiring for your startup? I have a bit of experience doing hiring from the company that I ran before people, as well as helping a bunch of founders hire

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How to Find a Cofounder

Today, I’m going to answer the question, how do I meet a co-founder? First, I’m going to talk about whether you even need a co-founder. Second, we’ll talk about where some of the top Y C companies, where they’re cofounding teams met. Third,

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How to Create Luck

The way to create it, create luck is to move much faster than everyone else. And to give yourselves as many opportunities for that lucky thing to happen to you. So say that everyone is running at five miles an hour. Imagine that you’re able to run at 15 miles an hour.

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When to Shut Down a Startup

Well, it’s actually really hard to shut down because it takes an active decision. Something we see a lot. Is companies that things are going OK, but nobody’s really excited about. It’s not growing. But it’s not dying. And the founder doesn’t

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Should You Move Your Company to Silicon Valley?

Today, I want to talk about the question. Should you move your company to Silicon Valley? This is a question that’s pretty close to my heart because I started my company, Pebble in Waterloo, Ontario, and I decided to move my company to Silicon Valley. The simple reason

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Who Should Founders Listen To For Advice

How do I figure out what to do with this mountain of advice? So, look, on the one hand, this is kind of a good problem to have. It’s better that there are a lot of people trying to help startups versus no one at all. But it is pretty challenging. One of the things […]

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How To Cold Email Investors

Founders often ask me how to cold email an investor when they’re interested in raising money. And I receive tons of cold emails from founders and I try to actually reply to all of them. Here are some tips on some things you should and shouldn’t do when cold

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The Biggest Mistakes First-Time Founders Make

First, I often see founders choosing to solve a problem that they actually don’t care about. Well, this mistake isn’t fatal. And while there are many, many examples of founders who’ve learned to love their product or their problem at a later date. One of

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How To Build Product As A Small Startup

A lot of the problems that I faced in the early stages of my companies were because I didn’t have a process to get product out of the door. Instead, my co-founders would have long debates, which would often turn into arguments. We wouldn’t write clear specs, we

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