Startup funding for outsiders (2/2)

This is the second part of a two-part series post on startup funding. Read the first part here. Part 5. How investors get paid when things work & don't workVCs raise funds from Limited Partners, in a similar way as founders except for a future portfolio of startups that they…

Startup funding for outsiders (1/2)

This is the first part of a two-part series post on startup funding. Part 0. Introduction A decade ago, I had no clue about startup funding. I read a book about Y Combinator and how startups must grow weekly and everything else will work itself out.   As a first-time founder,…

McKinsey in Three Minutes

Many people look at McKinsey or similar type firm employees as absolute geniuses or complete idiots. Total awe or a mix of scorn, disgust & jealousy. Using labels like slide monkeys, suits, talking heads, look at your watch to tell you the time,...  I could go on and on. We…

Big Data and Schlep Blindness

When I was in university, I thought a typical day at a software engineering job would be full of solving complex integrals & developing our own version of algorithms. I was wrong. I got into my first software development role, and my days were a mix of: shelling scripts to…

Ramadan Coding

In the month of Ramadan, Muslims who observe fasts don't eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. As a kid, that meant breakfast was two hours earlier. I never liked sleeping when the sun was out, so I would spend the time on the home PC. A 16 MHz 286 Turbo, with an actual button to toggle the Turbo.…

On Being Stubborn & Flexible

Imagine a future where running a startup was as easy as playing your favourite strategy game  (SimCity, Command & Conquer, Civilization, Factorio...) If everyone had access to similar tools & resources, how would you bet on the winners? In my experience, grit it is. Startups are a mix of business…

Founder Puzzles

Get your copy here. Growing up, I thought founders were superhumans that walked on water. I was wrong. Here are my notes on Jawwad Farid‘s Founder Puzzles: 1. Becoming a founder showed me why it is the ultimate & misunderstood boss move. Founders survive, learn, and make mistakes.…