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Can We Build This?

Several years ago, we were given a free booth at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC from a friend who wasn't going to use it. As a web development company, I didn't think we would get much value out of it but it seemed to good of an offer to pass up. In general it was pretty boring standing at the booth except for one conversation that I'll never forgot...

Who's Going to Wash the Dishes

Thinking back on this, it sounds so completely crazy. A few months before I graduated college, I hit a fork in the road of life that could have taken me down a path so incredibly foreign to where I am now. It stemmed from my need for uncertainty and growth and living the life of my dreams. I convinced 3 of my best friends from high school that we should buy a bar in Hawaii and move out there an run it ourselves.

Should We Launch or Raise Money

Here's my answer to a question on Quora about whether or not a startup should launch with zero marketing dollars or go out and raise funds first.

How to Make a Founder Squirm

We all know that the best way to grow is to get out of our comfort zone. The problem with this profound wisdom is that our comfort zone is something we’ve been working to perfect our entire lives, and it’s amazingly comfortable. That’s why I feels it’s part of my responsibility to make founders squirm.

Bottle Service and the Dance Floor

What is fun? Ask 50 people and you’ll get 50 different perspectives. I can't think of any place where this is more obvious than at a nightclub, and as an entrepreneur, you must understand how important this is.

Burn Your Ideas to the Ground

One of the worst mistakes that an entrepreneur can make also happens to be the one that is the easiest to make. It doesn’t matter if you’re working on your first company or your seventh startup. Even if you are aware of this pitfall, you might fall victim to its trap. So what is the mightiest of startup perils?

Coffee Experiment = Success; Google+ Experiment Next

We do a lot of experimenting here are Firehawk Creative. It comes with the territory of having a Lean Startup mindset towards just about everything you do.

Pitch a Developer

If you have a startup idea and little to no technical background, this event is for you. Come pitch your startup idea to the team at Firehawk Creative and find out all the info you need to know before you move into development -- cost, timeline, technical hurdles and much more.

You Can't Argue with Validation at Lean Startup Machine

This weekend I had the opportunity to be a mentor at the Lean Startup Machine workshop in NYC. This was my second time as a mentor, and what happens in the span of 48 hours is quite remarkable.

Attracting Your Earliest Adoptors

I often tell people before we begin working with them that we do the easy part. Sure, writing code and building a functioning app is a skill that most people don't possess, but it's what comes after development that most people underestimate.

Tips for Building an MVP

Based on a a question from Quora, I've put together this of list of tips and advice for building an MVP.

How Long Will It Take to Build My MVP

If you are wondering how long it should take to build your MVP, you are not alone, but you might be looking at things from the wrong perspective.

MVP to World Domination

You want your product to change the world. I'm all for it. In my opinion, you can't dream big enough, but I need you to realize that Rome wasn't built in a day. So I've compiled a list of some companies that I'm sure you've heard of but might not have recognized their lean startup approach or their MVP roots...


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