Month / December 2011

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

Running a business barefoot

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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.