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Author: Adam McNamara

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.

Henry David Thoreau

Improving my Environment with Ambiance App

tumblr_mj3isqQc2G1qa39bf This week I started using Ambiance App for Mac*. Ambiance is an “environment enhancer” designed to help you create the perfect ambient atmosphere to relax, focus or reminisce. If you walk into my office, you’ll likely hear a loop of Tea Garden Wind Chimes or the Gyuto Monks Tantric Choir. The library of 2500 ambient […]

Vesting: Thinking Short vs Long Term

Conventional wisdom says that it’s in the company’s best interest to vest/defer the proceeds of an acquisition. It keeps the person incentivized to work on the company’s problems as the person unlocks their value over time.  The vesting schedule is usually 1-3 years, with payments being made monthly, quarterly, or sometimes annually. Companies spend too […]

Be yourself and work as hard as you can to bring wonderful things into the world. Figure out how you want to contribute and do that, in your own way, on your own terms, as hard as you can, as much as you can, as long as you can.

John Lilly on Steve Jobs

Our Sophomore Year As Entrepreneurs

September 30th was Select Start’s second full year as a business.  Speaking for myself, Josh, and Tariq, it has been the most stressful but rewarding thing we’ve ever experienced. In October of 2010, we had just convinced (duped?) our fifth employee to join the family.  Revenues were modest and runway was always an issue.  We […]

How to Get Hired By a Hot Startup – Value

Applying to a startup is completely different than applying to a large company. You’ve probably keyword-stuffed your resume to get through the HR screening. At a startup, everything is about value. 1. Understand Your Value Proposition At it’s most basic, a value proposition is the benefit (or value) someone gets from something they pay for. […]

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