Founder Puzzles

Growing up, I thought founders were superhumans that walked on water. I was wrong. Here are my notes on Jawwad Farid‘s Founder Puzzles: 1. Becoming a founder showed me why it is the ultimate & misunderstood boss move. Founders survive, learn, and make mistakes. 🧩 2. Jawwad knows being a founder inside out. He writes…More

November 16, 2020

How to name your startup

Your company name will be the first thing that will come out of your mouth, so having a good name helps. While I personally think names are important, I try not to obsess over them. Here are 3 things to remember in picking a name for your startup. I’ve used a quick case study on…More

September 19, 2020

Presentation Power-ups for Storytellers

Most common “power-up”: Write a memo What’s true but not obvious? 99.9% of slide decks are terrible. I’ve been presenting decks for 15 years now (~ that’s approximately 10,000 hours of presentations). One important thing that I’ve learned: it’s good slides (writing) drive action, bad slides slow things down. Instead of making decisions, people waste…More

May 19, 2020

Do I ❤️ Notion

Just recently, Notion raised $50 million on a $2 billion valuation. I’ve been using this tool for quite a while now so I decided to share my experience with it: A couple of years ago, I tried using Notion, I didn’t really like it at first so I stopped using it on the same day…More

April 16, 2020

Remote Work 🕹️ is the New Normal

This blog post has been in my drafts for a year now, so thought it might be a good time to publish it with the edits in place. Just to show how my thinking has changed. I’ve been a remote worker for one two years now, and here are my notes: The tools are terrible…More

April 4, 2020

Resume Writing Tips

A resume and cover letter are the most important parts of the job search process. This blog post is a starting point for thinking about Format, Length and Content of a resume. I. Format: Should be simple and straightforward Use a basic, clean font like Times New Roman or Arial (10-12pt) to make the resume…More

April 1, 2020

How to time the market as a startup founder – a thread on some hard truths

Optionality killed many startups in good times, and will impact more in unprecedented times like now. We will hear a lot of bad news about tech startups doing layoffs or shuttering down. Remember that no-decisions is also a decision, and usually not a good one. The world has come to a standstill. It has never…More

March 27, 2020

Software Sizing: Story Points vs. Probabilistic Time Estimates

Hours before a proposal deadline, a partner at a technology services company was about to make a mistake that would cost him his job and his firm lots of money. As he was going through the resource allocation plan, instead of padding the estimates by a factor of two, the partner ended up dividing the…More

March 11, 2020

Radical Views on Universities

Universities don’t train people for the real world They are good for singalling Early universities had guard towers to keep people inside Anyone can learn anything, its the desire to learn thats missing Prospects for a lot of degrees are bad, and need to be communicated better Instead move back to apprenticeship modelMore

February 4, 2020

“What if the FAANG enter your industry?”

originally published on Sentiance blog on January 16, 2020 When I was pitching my startup to investors, a common question was, “what if the FAANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google) enter your industry?”. Such questions were often asked by rookie venture capitalists, but we diligently pleaded why ours was an unlikely target market for the…More

January 22, 2020