Being a startup founder is hard, tough, frustrating and rewarding – possibly all within the space of a nanosecond. And yet, it is like a high none other. I have experienced it in others. And quietly, I have lived it for over six years. Here are some lessons I learned from my journey. They may not be universal, but these lessons learned have changed me both as a person and as a founder — Om. Continue reading “Evolution of a Founder: Lessons I have learned”
Josh Quittner is more than my ex-boss: he is a friend who has always been there for me, whenever I needed guidance, a shoulder to cry on and someone to go out tear into Pakwaan’s awesome lamb chops. (Well less of those chops since my makeover.) Josh is a quintessential startup guy and I have often wondered, when he would leave the safe confines of big media and come to the right side.
Well now he has – he is joining Flipboard as their editorial director. He is going to be based in New York – because, well that is where all the big media, though at the rate they are shrinking, they may not be big for too long.
I love that he is going to go and work with Mike McCue, who is perhaps one of my most favorite entrepreneurs, mostly because he is always calm and always smiling. When I asked Q if he was moving back – he gave me the bad news. No, he is staying put in New York.
“I’ll be like the George Clooney character, up in the air all the time, shuttling from one coast to another,” he wrote to me in an email.
Ironically, another one of my colleagues from Business 2.0 days has left the safe confines of Fortune/Time Inc. and slowly the threads that bound me to my former employer are fraying. Josh, much success to you in your new gig. I know you are going to be awesome.
Time Inc’s John Huey’s Memo about Q’s exit (below the fold)
It has become quite fashionable to talk about the Lean Startup. In fact a whole cottage industry has cropped up around Lean Startup ideology, which is viewed as some sort of a magical potion — two drops and open sesame for startups. On a personal level, I am amused by all this noise around the … Continue reading The Art of Lean Start-Up: Comic Book Edition