The New York Times Test

The New York Times Test

Over twenty years ago, a mentor of mine gave me some advice that I have never forgotten; I call it the “New York Times Test.”  He declared his expectation that anything he said, wrote or did could end up in the New York Times one day, and he used that as a guide and to only say, write and do things that he would be proud of when they appeared on the front page.

Why It’s Okay to Tell Your Investors That You Don’t Have a Clue

Why It’s Okay to Tell Your Investors That You Don’t Have a Clue

Of all of the misconceptions about startup life, I think the most profound—and ultimately damaging—is the myth of the savior leader: the magical CEO who creates the perfect product/service and business model that erupts into a runaway success. The cold, hard truth is that it takes both time and much iteration before most entrepreneurs get it right.