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[30 Jun 2010]
How to Develop a (Near) Perfect Memory

We entrepreneurs suffer from serious information overflow. As manic builders of new companies, we’re inundated with a flurry of ideas, mountains of to-dos, and incessant communiqué from the customers we’re trying to cultivate to the VCs we’re trying to woo to the friends we rely on to stay sane in the frenzy. With so many important details to remember, we’re bound to let a few critical ones slip through the cracks.
Since no project management tool will ever capture everything you need to remember, you’ll have to compensate by optimizing your …

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[28 Jun 2010]

One of the goals of FoundersBlock is to be as open and honest with our audience as possible, to share stories we feel can be a value add to other early stage entrepreneurs that encounter the same struggles we face. Tonight, I write such a post. Perhaps you’ve heard of some of the following sayings:

“What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger”
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”
“What defines your character isn’t that you fell down, but how you get back up”

I apologize for the cheesy selection, but as I’m …

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[24 Jun 2010]
Destructive Entrepreneurship: How the Wrong Incentives Can Lead to Global Crises

For those of you with an international development or social entrepreneurship bent, you may want to check out the United Nations University panel discussion (website, webcast, powerpoint) from this morning featuring Wim Naude, a senior research fellow who spent two years on a UN-funded expedition to study the links between entrepreneurship and development. He defines “entrepreneurs” broadly as people who identify opportunities and create businesses around them and discusses the often ignored link between entrepreneurship and the rising frequency of both natural and man-made disasters in the last 20 years. Naude …

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[23 Jun 2010]
2 Parallels Between Poker and Startups

Having played the game for almost a decade, the way I see the world is sometimes influenced by the intricacies inherent in poker. I once wrote a Philosophy paper about the similarities between life and Texas Hold ‘Em (got an A-). When I give relationship advice, I mostly use poker scenarios as metaphors to logic out the situation (she’s like “Rockets” pre-flop – you have to play aggressive to win her heart). Perhaps it’s no surprise that, as a poker-playing entrepreneur, I see many parallels between optimum poker strategy and …

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[23 Jun 2010]
How to Find a Cofounder

I break down into the ingredients of finding a cofounder into three areas.
1.) The entrepreneur
2.) The idea
3.) The search

Your search for a cofounder is an interrelated mixture of these three elements. Each of these elements tell a potential cofounder a little bit about you. The idea shows your thought processes, the search methods show your execution, and you as an entrepreneur is a representation of your personality.

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[22 Jun 2010]
How to Download Your Facebook Pics in One Fell Swoop

…or in a single ZIP or PDF file!
PicNZip is a new service I just discovered via Twitter and am currently using to download the hundreds of photos that have been tagged of me on Facebook. If you’re too popular for your own good and have always been discouraged by the sheer number of your photos to try any manual downloading techniques, or if you shun Firefox and refuse to use their FacePAD plugin, PicNZip might be the answer to your photo-downloading woes.
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[22 Jun 2010]
NYC’s Top Talent is Being Squandered

Bubble or not, the NYC tech industry is blowing up.  It seems every day there is a new NYC tech startup being talked about.  Foursquare, Hunch, Gilt Group, Boxee, Square – they are reshaping and creating entire industries.  The energy and excitement is incredible.  If you have any finger on the pulse of NYC tech, it’s impossible to avoid the impression that there is a major sea change going on.  Naturally, there is also a growing awareness among college students of tech startups in NYC.  Yet despite all of the …

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[21 Jun 2010]
Producing PeerAround: Lessons from Startup Weekend

Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in Startup Weekend NYC, a three-day event during which hackers, designers, and visionaries rally around new ideas on Friday and race to turn them into viable products and companies by Sunday to be judged by a panel of VC experts.  I highly recommend that anyone with a smidgeon of entrepreneurial spirit try out these weekend startup events. You’ll have a chance to sample, in a controlled setting, the compressed fury that accompanies the transformation of ideas into reality. You’ll start with a whirlwind …

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[20 Jun 2010]
Welcome to Founders Block!

There are plenty of quality blogs by seasoned entrepreneurs, VCs, and startups that have already gained traction. We’d like to see more from folks who have just quit their jobs to pursue their passions or are embroiled in the super early stages of their ventures. We think that the companies that are just starting out are some of the most exciting and want to hear more of their stories.
FoundersBlock’s writers are all based in the NYC metropolitan area. Some of us have lived former lives before taking the plunge and …