#1: European toxicity by Oussama Ammar, The Family

ABOUT THE EPISODE: Europe is toxic for entrepreneurs. Does that mean nothing can survive? Nope. It means some startups that should succeed don’t. People think that creating accelerators and incubators can create another Silicon Valley. But those things weren’t the…

Who’s gonna be the CEO?

Want to know the difference between a good CEO and a bad CEO, no matter how far along your startup is? It’s not in what they *do*. A good CEO is simply a person who knows how to clearly define…

Business is going to save the planet

Lots of people over the past 20 years have developed a guilty ecological conscience. But it’s hard to reconcile that feeling with our way of life and how we want to live. Part of that movement wants us to go…

Anyone Can Become an Entrepreneur!

Introduction You are too concerned with what was and what will be. There is a saying: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present. — Oogway, Kung Fu…

The industries nobody notices

A quick look inside one of The Family’s portfolio companies. Headline writers love companies that people know they’re using: Facebook & Twitter, Apple & Samsung, Uber, Slack. But the world is driven by industries that most people never even notice,…

What should you do during your startup’s first 100 days?

No entrepreneur is perfect. You’ll make lots of mistakes, especially at the beginning. The most important thing is to try to maximize your startup’s first 100 days, because what you do then will have a geometric impact on whether your…

How do I know when my startup idea has failed?

I wrote about startup ideas last week. But there’s the other side of that issue, another question I get a lot: How do I know when my startup idea has failed? There’s no single answer to that. But what I can say…