V-Sum_Two wrapped up recently and it was a treat just like the first. Something that really struck me with this series of the technical briefings was the quality of the demos. The three companies that presented were Paxos, Drive Wealth, and Phixius. Drive Wealth and Paxos are both a bit further along in their product… Continue reading World Class API Product Demos
Structuring Founding Team Equity
Founding is hard and the equity topic can range from awkward to really stressful. It's surprising how many founding teams breeze through this discussion but not all do and emotions don't make it any easier. Regardless of the emotions I always come back to similar thoughts... Everything is ideally split evenly with an intellectual desire… Continue reading Structuring Founding Team Equity
After many years of the question "Why Iowa?" being the opening haha of countless meetings when it is regularly confused with Idaho, this question largely fell out of my life until very recently. These days, I hear it most from startup founders. It's not a customer, partner, or investors. During COVID I started being more… Continue reading Why Iowa
A Simple OKR Template
Goals are normally driven on a company strategy that is informed by company vision. This could be as vague or sharp as it makes sense for your organization. Ideally vision looks out 10 years, strategy is a 1-3 year thing, and goals are a quarterly thing which can be measured on a daily basis, ideally.… Continue reading A Simple OKR Template
We had a nice ribbon cutting this week at Dwolla and during the event I received a question that surprised me a little bit. While I'll get the exact words wrong, the gist of it was: Doesn't it bother you that Apple talks about 50 jobs and they get $200 million in incentives. But you… Continue reading Incentive Inequality
Out of sight & out of mind. The no-coast startup.
When talking to local entrepreneurs, my feedback is always different than talking to people who live on the coasts. The coasts, for reference are really US West & US East. More and more the coast type feedback could also apply to those in Boulder. I'm going to start saying no-coast instead of the midwest because… Continue reading Out of sight & out of mind. The no-coast startup.
The Dwolla team has put together some nice case studies about how our technology is being used by our customers. They've done a really nice job pulling together a clear narrative with a beautiful design. GOAT Rent Monitor Sweep These and a list of other case studies can be found at https://www.dwolla.com/case-studies/.
Bringing Back Prairie Cast w/ Geoff Wood
Geoff blew through his goal of $1K raised to produce the next 10 shows. If you care about midwest technology coverage this is something worth supporting. If we can all finance him through the next 50 shows we'll all be a lot better off for it. Geoff and team were also the first ones to… Continue reading Bringing Back Prairie Cast w/ Geoff Wood