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Burnout vs Burnin

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I have been thinking a lot about burnout lately and what is happening throughout many early stage teams and companies. This feeling is common for many, and its usually only after the fact that people realize they were “burnt out” and need a break....

Putting people into business

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My goal is to be the best advisor in the world. Its a lofty statement that I couldn't say out loud until I worked with my own executive coach for about three years. In finding this clarity I have guided my professional steps with...

Fractional Consulting Project Template in Notion

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I have been doing Fractional COO work for the past few years. Throughout this time I deliver operational excellent to companies that need to avoid mistakes, see around corners, and efficiently run their business. These consulting projects have led me to a system that...

It’s Time To Ship

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In 2020, Marc Andreessen published a profound essay in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that became a rallying cry for startups called; It's Time To Build. In it, he discusses the importance of building various businesses, from housing, education, manufacturing, and transportation — anything...

The Slow-Burn Startup

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When setting out to build side projects that generate revenue, my partner and I prioritized three things above all else; solving a real problem, researching and understanding what customers want, and creating a sustainable business. The purpose behind what we build is to be...

2023 Predictions

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Our trip around our sun is ending again and we are closing out the year. I started making predictions for the decade ahead in 2020, then made 2021 predictions, then 2022 predictions. Now that I have been doing this for a few years I...

Schrödinger’s Fundraise

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The month of December is a strange month for VCs and Founders. 2022 is no different and I have always found the discussions and chatter around it to be extremely confusing. On the one hand there are a number of things happening, deals getting...

FractionalOperators.com

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For the past few years I have been doing fractional work for companies - mainly as a Fractional COO. More recently this has turned into fractional back office operations for funds, family offices, and GPs. With a specialized service, more time on my hands...

Early Stage Advisor Equity Grants

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I have been thinking about early stage equity and advisor grants for some time, including a post in 2016, that I rely on and wanted to revisit. I have had a few founder friends reach out to me asking about how much equity to...

Crypto on ice

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There has been so much written about the recent collapse of FTX and SBF and things are changing every day. I don’t have much to add beyond what I am reading, mostly in shock. Thankfully I did not have exposure to this catastrophe happening,...