The better, more subtle interpretation is that failure is a manifestation of learning and exploration. If you aren’t experiencing failure, then you are making a far worse mistake: You are being driven by the desire to avoid it. And, for leaders especially, this strategy—trying to avoid failure by out-thinking it—dooms you to fail. As Andrew…

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Urgency. Stress. Moments of panic. The struggle to live another day. These are feelings that generally define most early-stage startups. No doubt, I’ve had several of these moments in the first year and a half of Dragon Army. Early on, startups are forced to figure out how to stay alive on a daily basis. This means they…

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I gave a talk this week to a startup program at GA Tech called GT Startup Summer. Thanks @sanjay for inviting me! The group was filled with a lot of first time entrepreneurs, so I decided to target my talk on the things that I have learned in my 15 years of being an entrepreneur…

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I can’t tell you how excited I was when Brett Hagler, CEO and co-founder of New Story (funding life-changing houses for homeless families), told me that they were accepted into Y Combinator (YC). YC is THE premier startup accelerator program in the world, and very few startups make the cut to get into the program. Side…

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