Blog Archive

I’ve saved a few older posts that I think are worth reading. They were all orginally published on Medium or the Learndot blog.

Four Rules for Starting a Startup

There are more than four rules, of course. I don’t know how many there are in total. But I do know these four are important. They are what I would tell myself if I could go back five years.

Engineering vs. Product Manager Salaries (at Facebook & Google)

Note (2019): I wrote and published this long before I was hired at Google. I’m keeping it up for historical purposes, but I have not revisted it since publication. I do not endorse any of it today.

Reverse Engineering the CompStak Demo Day pitch

A few weeks ago, GrowLab co-founder Debbie Landa sent out the latest 500 Startups demo day video with a simple one-liner “Hey - this is how you present.”

TechCrunch vs. Hacker News: Which is the better front page for your launch?

Disclaimer: This is a single experiment. We are a B2B SaaS startup. We only launched once, at a specific time and date with millions of things beyond our control. Keep that in mind. Your mileage may vary.

How To Name Your Startup: A 9-Month Journey Through Rebranding

Note: This was originally published on the Learndot blog.

This is the story of how we rebranded Matygo to Learndot and the lessons learnt along the way. Much of the advice is also applicable to new companies choosing a name.