Part 4: Prior startup experience may not help much

Over the last while, I’ve frequently heard that serial entrepreneurs have a higher probability of success. Mistakenly, though, I’ve taken this statement to mean that entrepreneurs improve by learning from past experiences. Serial entrepreneurs do have a higher rate of success, but their success may have more to do with them having the raw talent than learning while on theContinue reading “Part 4: Prior startup experience may not help much”

Can you teach entrepreneurship, part 0: The importance of seeing things much more than once

Giving advice on startups is really hard and I think this difficulty is frequently overlooked. It’s hard to advise on startups because, in the startup environment, you rarely see the same thing much more than once. To give good advice you need accurately recognise patterns, and, to accurately recognise patterns I think you need to have seen things dozensContinue reading “Can you teach entrepreneurship, part 0: The importance of seeing things much more than once”

As an engineer, great rewards and great responsibilities lie in wait

“If your parents didn’t have children, the chances are you won’t have children either”. One of my uncle’s favourite jokes reminds us, at a deeper level, that the present wouldn’t be the present if it weren’t for the past. Progress wouldn’t be progress if it weren’t for the past to make progress relative. Once weContinue reading “As an engineer, great rewards and great responsibilities lie in wait”

The Western Ramp of Culture

Much like the financial cliff, the western ramp of culture isn’t so much of a jolt but more of a glide. Unlike the financial cliff, this ramp may come sooner and more rapidly than we expect. Also unlike a cliff, a ramp points upwards(!); upwards because this change, I feel, is for the best. World culture willContinue reading “The Western Ramp of Culture”