Posts tagged Failure

The Real Danger of The Trump Failure

Trump didn’t release his taxes.  But, somehow the NY Times got their hands on some older taxes.  It showed that Trump had a billion dollar loss.  Because of the way the American tax code treats tax losses, he was able …






Learning From Winning

In startup circles, we talk a lot about failure.  Companies fail.  It’s a fact of life.  It sucks as both an investor, an employee, and as a founder.  When I was on the trading floor they used to say 90% …






Changes, Don’t Be Afraid of Them

It has clearly been established that inventing, creating, and executing a startup is really hard. I have heard others say that they have never been invested in a company that hasn’t had a near death experience. I can speak from …






When Failure is Good

No one likes to fail.  On the flip side, in the startup community we probably romanticize failure too much.  The truth is it sucks.  But, it should not be a road block to never trying again. A free enterprise capitalistic …






Post Mortem on a Failed Startup

When you invest in startups, you see the good and the not so good.  Inevitably, you hear a lot of stories about why a particular startup failed.   Here is one startup CEO honest analysis of their company.  Hopefully, this …






When To Quit

Knowing when to quit might be one of the hardest things mentally, physically and emotionally in entrepreneurship.  It’s just super hard on a founder.  Failure has a terrible taste.  Failure can lead to health problems, mental problems.  It’s just brutal. …






Make a Difference Today

My friend Syapse CEO Glenn Winokur posted this article.  It’s worth a read.  I am going to lift the quotes and write my own thing.  Part of this is a message to startups I have invested in.  The startup life can …






Are You Real? Do You Lead From Your Heart?

A video posted by Fred Wilson today is interesting for a lot of reasons.  It could be an entire start of a psychotherapy session for some people.  One point that was brought up was about leadership.  Great leaders are authentic. …






Failure Is Hard

One of the things about being in a start up is there is a high failure rate.  As a matter of fact, and statistics, most fail.  Learning from failure is one of the tricks of the game.  Marc Pincus failed …