• April 09, 2015

Being an entrepreneur is overwhelming. The body of knowledge you’re missing is vast. You can’t ever make up for all of it, so you figure it out as you go. You make mistakes and try to correct quickly. Advisors are an amazing way to close that gap with people who have experiential knowledge. A year ago we launched FD:Advisors...

Read More
  • April 02, 2015

"I was living in Argentina, taking a taxi and learned my driver had an engineering degree but was driving a cab. When I asked him ‘why’ he said there were no jobs for him, that the government and the big companies wouldn't have any use for anyone with his skills. This was the mid-90s, when back home everyone was talking...

Read More
  • March 26, 2015

"There was a 3-month period where we met with over 40 VCs and everyone said ‘no.’ We were still pretty confident that there was an opportunity in the marketplace. I had been watching Kickstarter fairly closely, saw a number of game developers were successful, then Pebble watch was very successful. We realized that if we were going to make...

Read More
  • March 19, 2015

To date we’ve have two successful projects on Kickstarter generating over $1.3M for Nomiku. We’ve used it to build our little maker hobby into a 7 figure generating corporation. But make no mistake, it was not easy and was a ton of work. There are a lot of misconceptions and common mistakes around crowdfunding. Here’s what we’ve learned 2 campaigns...

Read More
  • March 11, 2015

Zynga, LinkedIn, MySpace, Yahoo! - few people have the breadth of product and design experience that Christina Wodtke has. But lately she spends her time teaching at Standford and General Assembly about what “Design” really means. "I don’t think of myself as a designer, to be quite honest; I consider myself a human. I do design businesses and experiences, but I...

Read More