Your career as a startup, learning to set boundaries and one of my biggest frustrations with the tech tour this year

Happy Friday.

Despite Hurricane Matthew barreling down on us in Wilmington, NC this week, we still managed to pull off three solid days of keynotes, panels and office hours with a few hundred entrepreneurs and investors. Next stop, Fort Wayne, IN in a few weeks.

Thanks to everyone that offered help / connections to WordPress developers last week, the response was overwhelming but I think I’m all set. 

  1. “Apple included an FPGA chip inside its latest iPhone” [Link] [Tweet]

As far as I know, the iPhone 7 is the only phone on the market with a FPGA on board. That’s a pretty big deal.

In phones that don’t contain FPGA chips on board, the only way to upgrade the chips / circuits is to replace them entirely (or just buy a newer phone). Now that the FPGA is included in the iPhone 7, Apple could create entirely new functionality by updating chips via software.

2. “being at the right startup is far more important than your role in the startup and how much stock you own.” [Link] [Tweet]

Being an entrepreneur doesn’t always mean you have to start something. Whether you sit in a cubicle or are tinkering with your next product, it’s important to think of your own career as a startup itself.

3. “Stop when you are going good.” [Link] [Tweet]

I used to think about work obsessively. During the day. Before bed. Through the weekend. In the shower. All. The. Time.

The stress was awful.

Boundaries are a good thing. Learn to set them as early as you can.

4. “to accelerate your timelines of learning & experiences, invest more hours than your peers to get them earlier.” [Link] [Tweet]

In our parents’ generation, experience was a function of how many years they worked. In our generation, experience is a function of how many things you try.

5. “Yes, it is possible. There is still time to stop a man who keeps stooping lower. That time is now.” [Link] [Tweet]

Last week, a number of you replied to explain your reasoning for voting Trump. (Thanks.) My response, bluntly: Ugh.

Neither candidate is perfect. Neither candidate has a spotless track record. Neither candidate will make everyone happy.

But, for those of us with children, do we really want our kids looking up to someone that (despite his own denials even in the presence of actual video recordings) openly suggests racism, sexism and violence?

6. “Businesses would be easy to run if the most important thing were the only thing we have to do.” [Link] [Tweet]

There’s a million things to do every day — regardless of whether you’re working on your own company or at someone else’s.

I’m a huge believer that everyone ought to have one core number they watch daily. If you’re working on something that doesn’t somehow result in that one core number moving, it might not be worth doing.

7. Instead of talking about innovation, we should be talking about entrepreneurship. [Link] [Tweet]

8. “mobile photography is finally changing from ‘camera you can carry around’ to mobile, computed photography.” [Link] [Tweet]

Camera phones FTW.

Quick poll: iPhone 7 or iPhone 7+ and why?

9. “What Palmer did was risky, even a bit reckless. It paid off, though.” [Link] [Tweet]

So why did he do it?

It was about respect. He believed he deserved it. He believed his fellow touring pros deserved it. They were better at their jobs than nearly everyone in the world was at theirs, and they ought to be treated that way. Someone had to take a stand.

Palmer went on to build an empire.

10. “The era of “tech companies” is over; there are only ‘companies’, steeped in technology, that will survive.” [Link] [Tweet]

One of my frustrations on the tech tour this year has been meeting elected officials in various cities throughout the US and Canada. In one breath, they’ll complain about not having enough technology companies in their area. In another breath, they’ll chuckle about something related to how little they know about Twitter, email or some other technology.

Leaders of companies and communities should be the first adopters of new tools.



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