Why subscribe?

I’ll be sharing my first-hand knowledge from nearly 20 years in the startup world. It’ll draw on my time working on growth and product at Facebook, Twitter, Quora, and Wealthfront as well as my time advising or investing in category-defining companies like Opendoor, Robinhood, and Webflow.

What do I write about?

There are three things that I write about most and that comprise what I consider to be my deepest areas of passion and experiential knowledge.

Growth Strategies for Startups

From my time working on growth at a handful of successful startups, I’ve arrived at a core framework that informs how I think about growing a startup. The substance of my articles on growth will be rooted in the below framework.

Magic x Value x Market x Acquisition = Sustainable Growth

Magic = a unique experience that delights the customer

Value = the core value of your product relative to alternatives in the market

Market = the dynamics of your market that make it ripe for opportunity

Acquisition = your ability to attract and acquire new customers cost-effectively

Developing Skills to Grow your Startup Career

The ultimate goal of skill development for startups employees is what I call “Founder’s Feel”, which is the ability to make high-quality decisions on par with what great CEOs and Founders can do. I call it Founder’s Feel since the best founders tend to have a “feel” for what the right thing to do is despite having imperfect information. I’ll share specific skills that will help any startup employee make better day-to-day decisions within their company.

Practical Mental Health for High Achievers

I’ve invested over 2,000 hours and $100,000+ over the last decade to treat and manage my mental health disorders: Complex PTSD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Persistent Depressive Disorder.

I’ve learned a lot about how to manage one’s mental health while remaining a highly productive person. I’ll share my framework for sustainable well-being and practical advice for managing one’s own mental health as a high achiever.