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When you pivot too much, you’ll often be back to the start position

July 11, 2011 |

An entrepreneur has to be adaptable. When you’re building a new product for a market that often doesn’t exist, it’s hard to have a clear path to the end goal. It’s part of the game – you try an idea, … Read More

Empty Words

July 5, 2011 |

I’ve heard a few politicians in Portugal, including the President, asking entrepreneurs to be the engines of the economic recovery. These are not newcomers, these are people who have been in the political scene for a while, and for those … Read More

A good idea!

July 1, 2011 |

I’m going to take a break from being a bitter motherfu**er who criticizes everything to actually complement an idea I recently heard about. Disclaimer: I was not asked to promote this nor do I have any sort of participation on … Read More

Role Models

June 27, 2011 |

I recently heard someone ask, “Why aren’t there more African American (AA) founders?” I’m no expert in US entrepreneurship history so I listened to the different arguments brought to the table and the most compelling one hit close to home … Read More

It’s not a bubble until it bursts

May 20, 2011 | 2

If you work at a startup in Silicon Valley it’s impossible to go around without hearing about THE bubble. Everyone has an opinion – it’s not a bubble, it’s a bubble but only for early stage, it’s a bubble just … Read More

Mastering the dating game and the theory of the stove burner

May 11, 2011 |

Fundraising is like dating, and when it comes to dating I have a theory – the theory of the stove burner. Imagine you have a stove with 6 burners and you’re using all 6 of them to cook. If you … Read More

Pitching at the The Founder Conference – Video

May 6, 2011 |

Tuesday was a big day. We were at The Founder Conference where we had the first opportunity to pitch Piictu in front of 600 people and reactions were good. We need to improve though and that’s not news, especially at … Read More

Why does Europe suck at entrepreneurship?

May 4, 2011 |

Yesterday I attended The Founder Conference, where Piictu was invited to pitch (which is the main reason for my silence but more on that tomorrow). I met a good bunch of fellow European entrepreneurs and they all complained about how … Read More

Immigrant entrepreneur 101

April 26, 2011 |

Lately, a few people lately have asked me why I made the decision to quit my job and become an entrepreneur. In particular, I feel people are mostly interested in understanding how, as a stranger who landed in the US … Read More

Startups and White Paintings – ‘I could do that’, ‘Yeah, but you didn’t’

April 22, 2011 |

I like modern art and whenever I go see an exhibition and I often hear the comment “I could have done that”. So why haven’t you? There’s one of two reasons: you’re either full of shit or you’re lazy. There’s … Read More

Don’t pick a fight with your board

April 21, 2011 |

What did you learn from your previous startup experience? This is a question I get a lot and one that I’ve asked myself plenty of times. I could tell you my top 3, top 5 and top 10 lessons learned … Read More

Yes! You can build an entrepreneurial culture

April 20, 2011 |

As I watch the economic and financial crisis unfold in Portugal, I’ve been thinking about the reasons why, as a nation, we became so risk-averse and so dependent on the government and big corporations. I extend this analysis to the … Read More