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 founders.” I’ll be doing that by accumulating content in this blog over the next year or so and then structuring it into a book.
Note that comments are active, and yours are welcome. You can add to the discussion.
You will already see the first three posts on the site – on deciding to start, deciding to stop, and deciding with context. I’ve got a million words in my TechDrawl archives, and I’ve got far more than that in my head. The countless decisions I have made and have observed in my decades of experience all provide relevant lessons for today’s founders.
Keep in mind that my entrepreneurial career started before all the modern conveniences for founders. I was on the committee that created the first university-based incubator, the ATDC at Georgia Tech, and I was an early tenant with my first venture after Peachtree Software. There were then no accelerators. There was no organized venture money in the Deep South. There was no public Internet. You couldn’t look at images on a computer, much less a phone. At least we had indoor plumbing.
But, Baby Boomer pioneers of technology enjoyed good lives and made enough correct decisions to stay in the game, create industries and jobs, and lay the foundations for the many conveniences and opportunities we all now take for granted. The abiding common thread between that era and today is leadership skill. And, that’s the elemental component that will be consistent throughout these blog posts and my book.