Startups provide both the luxury and the risk of having very little data on which to base the important early decisions. A business model must be created out of whole cloth, and generally it’s a compilation of assumptions piled on top of other assumptions. …

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One difficult part in startup decision making is choosing the decisions to make. Some may be obvious, but many have the effect of trying to fix things that aren’t broken. Let’s take the example that you’re missing your sales targets. Do you make changes …

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An excellent article in The New York Times on August 19, 2017 explored how creativity declines  as we age. The authors described how we grow from a stage of exploration in early years to later years of exploitation of the knowledge we have accumulated. …

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This is the second installment on startup founders making decisions with a deeply ingrained sense of context. In episode one we covered hiring, compensation, cap table, investors, board and governance, and self-awareness. Here comes a half-dozen more. My previous essay on this topic included …

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Today marks the first email distribution of Startup Decision Making, and this brief post welcomes those of you on my TechDrawl list to join me in this endeavor. My intent, as you see on the site, is to produce a “super-useful field guide for …

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If you shoot from the hip, you’ll be shooting your own foot most of the time.

Ben Dyer

One of the most common mistakes I see in startups is making decisions that lose sight of the context, including the past, present, and future. The New York Times reported on August 9, 2017, that dealing with Confederate remembrances on its campus has “put …

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I attended the Austin Technology Incubator’s SEAL presentation night this past week. The teams on stage spent the summer thrashing out their business models, with a goal not to sell them at this event but to reveal whether their idea would be a go …

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The choices you make on Day 1 will affect your actions on Day 1000, and on the Exit Day, which you will eventually reach whether it’s good or bad.

Ben Dyer