I often re-read The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss. It’s not a literary masterpiece, but I like that it challenges the conventional wisdom of “find a career, buy a big house, and retire.” An exercise in the book has the reader create a Dreamline: a list of “Having”, “Being”, and “Doing” goals. I […]
Author: Adam McNamara
Pack light, travel far.
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
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 […]
The future belongs to the few of us still willing to get our hands dirty.
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.
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 […]
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. […]