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Stop Shanghaiing Your Users

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The other week someone posted a question on dashboard.io (our 500Startups internal forum) about whether subduing an unsubscribe link in email newsletters proves to be beneficial to the unsubscribe rate. The individual also posted a question on Quora to get input from another channel. I’ve been meaning to get around to answering this since I saw the email come through, because it …

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Ten Things Poker Taught Me About Being an Entrepreneur

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When I graduated college, I left with a degree in Economics, one course short of a minor in Bio-Chemistry, and absolutely no clue what I wanted to do with my life. I graduated in 2005 and had been playing poker for about a year.  The poker scene was heating up quickly with the Cinderella story of Chris Moneymaker’s 2003 World …

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How to Apply to 500 Startups (successfully)

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Since joining the current 500 Startups class, a lot of people have been asking me how we ‘got in’.  I usually chuckle, replying “brute force”. While that’s the general truth, it lacks the majority of the details. Following is a much more in-depth account of what really went down: The Beginning – (April 19th – April 23rd) It began in mid April.  I attended a Girls in Tech …

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Raising Money for your Startup? Stop Talking to Investors!

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It was mid April and things with Kibin were cranking along nicely. Jim and I both had our heads down and were working like crazy to push the product forward.  Unfortunately, keeping your head down doesn’t pay the bills or quiet your grumbling stomach.  I had decided we needed to raise some money.  It should be easy, right?  Hell, I remembered back when …

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How Important is Networking?

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I recently answered the question “How Important is Networking for a Startup Founder?” on Quora and thought I’d post my answer here too.  I got a bit carried away while writing and didn’t realize how much I had typed.  It looks like I may have scared away any other answers.  Oh well.  So here’s the original answer, you can also find …

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How it Feels Being a Startup Founder

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I spend most of my time stressed, worried, and frustrated. We’re really on the cusp of having everything ready for Wednesday, but we’re definitely cutting it close.  There are a million things to do.  It feels like finals week in college.  You know you’re going to get through it and you would be extremely excited, but you can’t really visualize …

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Come 1/1/2011 Kibin will Have Two Full-Time Employees

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In an interesting and abrupt turn of events, Jim will be joining me come January 1st as Kibin’s second full-time employee.  He notified me yesterday over Gchat that he’s putting in his resignation today. It sounds like this will come as a pretty big surprise to his current employer, but Jim’s been venting to me about his position for at …

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Dedicating to Kibin… Full-Time

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Come January 1st I will no longer be working for “the man”. Instead, I’ve opted for the all alluring lifestyle consisting of no paycheck, no benefits, and no job security. However, I will inherit isolation, fear, doubts, frustration, and impatience.  At least I’ll be happy. Wish me luck.

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Kibin is Back on Track (Part 3/3)

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With Pablo back in the picture, I definitely had a revived hope to get everything back together.  Pablo was ready to go, but my expectations remained muted until I could get a team back together and start seeing some headway.  It was now sometime in mid August. I knew Brion would be the most difficult to get on board and …

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How Social is Your Social Circle?

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My social circle is comprised of a lot of amazing people…  you’d just never know it.  We have a ton of fun in our Sunday Recess social sports league, organize fun trips to Tahoe, invade Vegas with 40+ people (can’t wait for January!), or storm Angel Island with 200+ people in a drunken debauchery twice a year.  Over the past …

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