Best Quotes From Elon Musk’s 2018 Interview With Kara Swisher

Notes: Neil: This is one of my favorite podcast episodes of all time. Elon Musk embodies The Stockdale Paradox throughout this interview, confronting the brutal facts facing his missions while keeping absolute faith that he will eventually succeed. I’ve highlighted my favorite segments below. Book Recommendation: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for aContinue reading “Best Quotes From Elon Musk’s 2018 Interview With Kara Swisher”

Entrepreneurship = Get Rich Slow

Ever seen this quote? “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life living like most people can’t.” Starstruck wantrepeneurs: Understand the real-world challenges that you’re going to face as a startup founder. It’s not just 100+ hour work weeks coding inContinue reading “Entrepreneurship = Get Rich Slow”

Don’t Just Lead By Example

“Lead by example.” This cliché, constantly provided to new entrepreneurs and first-time CEOs, is often terrible advice for the heads of large organizations (or founders of startups that aspire to be large). What entrepreneurs usually gather from this recommendation is that they simply need to work their asses off, and their team will follow them.Continue reading “Don’t Just Lead By Example”

7 Ways To Improve Your Demo Day Pitch

So, you’ve picked the best startup accelerator for you and survived the first months of the program. Now you feel your eyes wandering towards the finish line, and that big Demo Day presentation looming large. If you’re like me, public speaking is an unnatural experience. Add the fact that you need to summarize your entireContinue reading “7 Ways To Improve Your Demo Day Pitch”

Choosing The Right Startup Accelerator

This is a seemingly complex problem, but it all comes down to one simple question: Product? Don’t have the resources to build the product of your dreams? Incubators run by notable operators can help you with user testing, prototyping, manufacturing, pilot programs, etc. Consider Industry-Specific Programs: Rock Health, Lemnos Labs, Code for America Team? Need helpContinue reading “Choosing The Right Startup Accelerator”

Are You Running Your Business Like A Lemonade Stand?

This essay was originally written for Under30CEO. On day one of your new business, you have a hundred job functions. Try to fit “CEO, President, CFO, Technical Director, Web Developer, Accountant, Sales Representative, Receptionist, Janitor” onto your business cards. To millions of experienced entrepreneurs, this feels like what a small business is always supposed toContinue reading “Are You Running Your Business Like A Lemonade Stand?”