4 Founder Lessons From Colonel Sanders

Ask any startup founder which company founder they most admire, who do you guess they’d say? Steve Jobs? Mark Zuckerberg? Bill Gates? How about Harland David Sanders? It’s a shame that more tech founders don’t know the story of Colonel…

Don't Get Off The Bike

We’ve had a couple good spring weekends in Seattle, and despite some cloudy days there’s hope for more sun to come: we’re an ever optimistic lot here. Like many people in Seattle, when the weather gets nice I like to…

Instagram and the Startup Cargo Cult

After Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram, the tech startup scene had what amounted to a “Double Rainbow” moment: “Facebook! Instagram! A billion dollars! ZOMG!” The outpouring of screaming and crying that ensued was quickly followed by a collective gasp of “what…

Mistakes Were Made

In my second internship at Microsoft, the code that I wrote got the attention of Bill Gates’ office. In 1997 I was working at the Internet Gaming Zone, Microsoft’s foray into the emerging market of casual online gaming. I was…

Don't Stop Believin': Karaoke and the Entrepreneur

[Note: This was originally posted on Seattle 2.0. Since that site’s move to GeekWire it has gone missing, so I decided to repost it here.] [Update: It’s back on GeekWire!] It’s a quarter past 11. The bar is full. You…