Month / December 2011

This post is part 1 of a 3-part series.  See part 2 here and part 3 here.

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When I run, I don’t wear much clothing.  Just my tighty whities and an old pair of Umbro shorts.  I don’t wear shoes. Why I don’t wear shoes while running is another topic, but by the looks I get, you’d think my man bits were flopping around in the breeze for all to see.  People will sometimes let out a faint gasp and point at the freak running by. I’m not naked of course, but I feel exposed and at times uncomfortable with the looks I get.

But this series of blog posts isn’t about running barefoot per se.   It’s about the lessons I’ve learned founding and selling two companies as well as my work advising start-ups. Barefoot running happens to be a great analogy to illustrate the secrets I’ve learned.  In fact,these tips can be applied to accomplishing any activity, which, like running,requires focus, stamina and skill…that’s pretty much everything.

This week, I had the pleasure of presenting to the latest class of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs at the Founder’s Institute.  I discussed my thoughts on what entrepreneurs should do first when starting a new venture.  Here is the video of the talk along with my slides and notes. Sorry the notes are pretty raw, I hadn’t originally intended them to be read by others.