Posts Categorized: Startups

Getting Acquired: Lessons Learned

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On January 30th, 2015 the company that I co-founded, Aurelius, got acquired by DataStax. It was the first time that I negotiated and executed an acquisition of substantial size (>$1M) and this post summarizes the lessons I learned in the process [¹].     First, let me give you some context on the acquisition. Aurelius… Read more

Five Reasons Your Business Will Fail

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Failure is a choice. Let’s not sugar coat the truth. Most businesses fail due to owners who don’t make wise, conscious decisions to succeed on a daily basis — right from the beginning. Through much research and years of experience, here are 5 reasons your business will fail: 1. You’re not hungry. If you’re not… Read more

How to Choose the Right Type of Mentor for your Startup

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Over the past few days, I was attending several mentoring sessions, part of the open startup days we conducted at my company, EVC Ventures. New and aspiring entrepreneurs were invited for free mentoring and experiencing the culture of profitable startups working their way out. At the end, they were invited to ask specific questions to… Read more

You Need a Routine, You Just Don't Know it Yet

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  Humans love a routine. It helps keep us focused. Routine is integrated into our lives since the day we’re born. It’s forced during school and almost always given during our work life. It keeps us from twiddling our thumbs thinking of what to do. It helps the people in charge know what should be… Read more

Can Coffee Make You a Genius? A Scientific Answer

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If you, with mind untroubled, Would flourish, day-by-day, Let each day of the seven Find coffee on your tray. It will your frame preserve from every malady Its virtues drive afar la! la! Migraine and dread catarrh – ha! ha! Dull cold and lethargy. [1] Audiences were appalled in 1732 when Johan Sebastian Bach created… Read more

9 Things I Learnt From my First Startup

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I built Skola along with my colleague and friend of 4 years. Something that started as school — parent communication app has evolved into a student management system for schools in primary and day care space. Currently, it’s live in schools in Mexico. [Disclosure: I am in the process of moving out of the team] I had 9… Read more

Four Key Habits To Becoming An Unforgettable & Awesome Boss

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One of the most challenging yet rewarding jobs is the role of a manager. It’s your responsibility to equip those around you with the resources they need to thrive. It’s your responsibility to help them grow into their best selves. It’s your responsibility to help them feel inspired each and every day to deliver their best… Read more

How To Find A Great Non-Technical Co-Founder

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  Ah. I love that video. Yes, I’m bias. But the truth is – No one is a master of everything. Over the last few years, I’ve worked with many technical teams as a consulting CMO, content marketer or VP of Marketing. In all of these roles, I helped teams not just with marketing but… Read more

If you Can't Join em, Beat em - Hustle Links of the Week

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Hustle Writing

We here at Hustle and Grind try to read as much as possible. Whether it’s books, blogs, articles, newsletters or our Chinese take-out fortunes. Inspired by our love of consuming all we can (lessons learned from Chinese take out) we are putting together a weekly amuse bouche (sounds fancy) of what we think are must-read… Read more