I’ve spoken a lot about my 3 most recent SaaS exits (Clarity.fm, Flowtown, Spheric)... But rarely do I talk about how EASILY I could’ve given up on each. I mean… … Spheric got sued 15 months in. … Flowtown got shut down by Facebook and had to be rebuilt from near-scratch. … Clarity.fm launched to crickets (despite renting out a 300-seat theatre). As you’d imagine, each had me swallowing a confidence-killing cocktail of fear and frustration. Few would’ve blamed
No matter how great your product is, at some point the success of your SaaS company is gonna be DIRECTLY linked to your personal productivity as a founder. Talk about pressure, right? I can totally relate. I built clarity.fm during an insane 11 month stretch where Renee was starting an agency of her own AND we brought two little humans into the world.
In over 20 years in business, I’ve never met a single founder who hasn’t had to fire at least one employee. While the thought may create knots in your stomach, letting an employee go is actually a super valuable skill with further reaching implications than you might think. Because done wrong, It could crush team morale, compromise data, and even cost you valuable customer accounts. Breaking up isn’t fun… but it’s a skill that as a founder you need to
Six years ago, Renée and I were living in San Francisco. I had just closed a round of funding for Clarity.fm while Renée had just co-founded a new marketing agency of her own. Things were crazy. But they were about to get crazier ;-) Turns out Renée was pregnant with our first son, Max… and it took a whole 3-months after Max was born for Noah to sneak into the picture. Add it all up and our two boys are
You can have the best product in the world. The best plan in the world. And the best team in the world. But if *this* entrepreneurial beast rears its head in your life and business -- you’ll still risk having the entire thing burn to the ground with little to no warning. We’re talking about entrepreneurial burnout and overwhelm.
“Why would they ever give me the time of day?” “How could I possibly add value to their life?” “How could I reach out without feeling needy, desperate, or an intrusion on their day?” These are just a few of the excuses founders make for not reaching out to the game-changing mentor or advisor that could dramatically accelerate the growth of their business. Instead of the “who” -- they play it safer by focusing on the “how”.
At 8 years old, I got diagnosed with ADHD. I felt broken. Burdened by a “brain’ that would surely screw me out of any type of meaningful contribution in the world. Every day was a crapshoot. Without knowing how I’d “show up” on any given day, setting goals (and pursuing them) felt like a fool’s game -- and when I’d inevitably fail, it only supported my belief that I was messed up beyond repair. Over the next decade, I spiraled
I believe there are two types of people in the world... ... those who’ve been punched in the face - and those who haven’t. Growing up, I got in a lot of trouble. That meant getting into fist fights. It’s always amazed me how paralyzed with fear someone will get at the threat of getting in a fight. I’ve seen guys freeze up, piss themselves, and pass out... all before a punch was thrown. How does this apply to growing
When I was 28 I came home to find my fiance crying in the kitchen holding her engagement ring letting me know it was over. The truth is... I was a horrible partner. I unapologetically worked 100 hours a week using the justification that I was doing it all for her and our life ahead of us. It was complete *bullshit*. No one had asked me to sacrifice those hours... and if I was being honest, I knew it was
Today I’m gonna talk about this super advanced technology that any founder can use to boost their energy, be more productive, and crush their workday. It’s not a state of the art nootropic. It’s not bulletproof coffee with heaping scoops of grass fed ghee. It’s your sleep. I see you eye rolling through that sleep mask ;-) But here’s why we’re gonna upgrade your sleep quality in this week’s video. If it’s taking you until 2am to fall asleep, chances