15 Years to Overnight Success

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23-Feb presentation to IgniteNYC covering my 14 years of startup trials leading to 9 months of MyBlogLog blis and the sale to Yahoo! Focus given to how dumb it is to be early, that VC isn't for everyone, and that boring is best.

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15 Years to Overnight Success

  1. 1. 15 years to overnight success
  2. 2. April 1992
  3. 3. 1992 - 2006
  4. 4. 1st startup = 16 years early
  5. 5. Camera- phone 1997
  6. 6. 1999, 2004 & -$27M
  7. 7. 9 Months of Bliss
  8. 8. Oren & Co R killin’ it
  9. 9. Be a 1-hit Wonder!
  10. 10. 1. Only the rich profit from VC Photo from
  11. 11. Mortgage houses, not startups Photo from TechCrunch
  12. 12. All or nothing
  13. 13. 2. A little rich is critical Photo from TechCrunch
  14. 14. 3. Be late, or Photo from TechCrunch
  15. 15. 4. Be boring
  16. 16. Directories
  17. 17. Customer Lists
  18. 18. Analytics
  19. 19. Data Sales
  20. 20. Become invulnerable

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