Great to meet the Berkeley Haas crew today; thanks for stopping by the ShareThis office! Also, thank you to Jacqueline and Janice in our office for getting everything set up, including your schwag!
Here is the video from our talk:
And here are my notes from the talk today, as promised:
Here are the slides from my talk: http://drod.io/1O3j2k2R0e3X
My "3 biggest pitfalls of starting a business" points:
The mobile crush cometh -- I believe CEOs will be fired for missing mobile: http://danielodio.com/a-warning-to-fortune-1000-ceos-the-mobile-crush-cometh
Building company culture: Example of our Socialize Manifesto: http://go.GetSocialize.com/manifesto and a great example of two very different company cultures between Google & Amazon: http://danielodio.com/eating-your-own-dogfood-google-vs-amazon
Thoughts on Being acquired: http://go.DanielOdio.com/acquired
The Big Shift: http://polites.com/2013/04/09/the-big-shift/
My Bio: http://bio.danielodio.com
Daniel, Thanks for taking time out of your schedule to speak with us yesterday. I found it very insightful. I especially appreciated your openness. Thanks for assisting us on our journey......
Also guys: Our session got me thinking about some of the things we talked about around innovation, and I wrote this post http://danielodio.com/reasoning-from-first-principles-a-framework-for-disruptive-innovation
AngelList is a platform that connects entrepreneurs to angel investors to raise seed stage capital.
Out of the $1.5 million dollars in angel funding we've raised for Socialize, over $1 million came from introductions made on AngelList. We were very early AngelList users under our AppMakr brand, with Brendan Baker doing a detailed analysis of our use of AngelList in his Anatomy of a Seed project. I also wrote a lengthy manifesto about our fundraising experience, and when AngelList was very new I interviewed Naval Ravikant, one of the AngelList founders.
Recently, using AngelList has changed the way I've been fundraising. Where traditionally, I've had to dedicate a block of time to fundraise full time, I can now fundraise passively, meaning just by focusing on having an optimized AngelList presence and a few specific techniques, I don't have to spend blocks of my time finding high quality angels. That is a game changer for us -- fundraising is an incredibly distracting process, and it's especially hard to innovate and iterate on your startup when you're distracted by bolstering the company's bank account. Being able to have angels come to me has given me a freedom as an entrepreneur that's just fantastic.
As I was talking to my friend Ben Young, CEO of Nexercise, about this sea-change in fundraising, I offered to critique his AngelList page to help him optimize it for this type of inbound passive investment.
Sue is 37 weeks pregnant, so we're spending our weekends really getting our ducks in a row.
Since Sue and I come from the tech world, it's an easy leap for us to use geeky tools to plan for our birth.
One example is Basecamp, a project management tool we use for work projects. Although I've written about my pains using Basecamp over on my tech blog in the past (http://go.DanielOdio.com/basecamp) , it continues to be the best lightweight & effective project management tool we've found.
So, we figured, why not use it to plan our birth?
Here's a screenshot of what our Basecamp birth project looks like, with some notes: