Studios vs. Startups

Startup = Growth. No company can grow forever with just one product. The best startups launch, buy, and grow many products. Xerox → PARC Google → X Amazon → Grand Challenge Google → Alphabet Facebook → Meta Keeping their startups in perpetual studio mode is key to staying relevant for another generation. Running an indieContinue reading “Studios vs. Startups”

Founders vs. VCs

If you’re really ambitious in startups, there’s only ever been two paths: founder vs. VC. Founders go deep on one company. VCs get to build a broad portfolio. So they’re incentivized to keep founders locked up in their original startups. They don’t want founders to diversify. VCs want a portfolio for themselves but not forContinue reading “Founders vs. VCs”

Utopic Studio

Indie = 100% Ownership I’m prioritizing independence in this phase of my career. Individual startups in my portfolio can and will raise outside capital when they’re ready to be independent. But Utopic LLC, the original parent company, will always stay 100% mine. Startup = Anything I Want to Create Any funding: Bootstrapped → VC/PE AnyContinue reading “Utopic Studio”

Personal Capital

Personal Capital > Venture Capital They’d quit if they had $100K+ to cover their next 1-2 years. Example: I meet brilliant engineers who work at Fortune 500 companies and have awesome startup ideas, but they’re scared to launch them because their employment contracts say all IP they create is owned by their companies. Think: 360Continue reading “Personal Capital”

360 Deals for Founders

In the music industry, a 360 deal is where a record label provides an artist with financial, marketing, and distribution support in exchange for a percentage of future revenue streams. Help founders create their own startup studios. This gives founders the freedom to think big and quickly take multiple shots on goal. Motown Records’ 360 dealsContinue reading “360 Deals for Founders”

Utopic Ventures

This is my Founder Accelerator. Stuck working at a business that doesn’t value their talents. Stuck running their last startup that’s hit a plateau. Stuck trying to find an idea for their next startup. Give founders 1+ years of freedom to work full-time on their next startup idea. Help founders skip one or more fundingContinue reading “Utopic Ventures”

Founder Accelerator

Think: Thiel Fellowship for 23+ year olds. Give founders 1+ years of freedom to work full-time on their next startup idea. This is Personal Capital. Old Model: Insight → Funding New Model: Funding → Insight Solve their money problem so founders can focus on the World’s Biggest Problems. Coach founders through their idea mazes. Build rapidContinue reading “Founder Accelerator”