Paul Singh

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How to know when you're ready to start a business

First time entrepreneurs often think that they need investors to get started. The truth is that you need customers (and that most successful …

Entrepreneurship

You don't need a Board of Advisors

If you sit through enough pitches, you’ll quickly notice that the majority of them will have advisors listed somewhere on their team slide. (Or …

How to gauge the state of your local tech community

I sign up for <i>a ton</i> of email newsletters.<p>Part of it is because I want to try keeping up with what’s happening in all the communities we’ve visited …

Sales emails: two changes that get 250% conversions

It’s super simple:<p><b>Keep it short, especially the first time you email someone.</b> No one enjoys walls of text. Ever.• <b><br>Always make the benefits clear within</b> …

Why Startups Die

When we first moved into the Airstream, we thought that safety and logistics would be incredibly hard to handle but that decent wifi and …

I started my travels to escape life. Along the way, I found it.

The first question people ask you about anything tells you almost everything you need to know about their mindset. This applies to entrepreneurship, …

Niche is the new big

Before the Internet was around, you had to aim for a huge market if you wanted to build a huge company. Today, things are different — and it’s …

Growth is the only common language between entrepreneurs and everyone else

One of the many other things I’ve learned over the past 18 months is that when you put entrepreneurs, investors and anyone else around a single table …

The bigger the city, the less it understands modern entrepreneurship

Maybe it’s because there are more employers and jobs available.<p>Maybe it’s because the traffic and sprawl make it harder to share ideas in …

Coworking spaces are awful but important

When you look at the business of coworking spaces, they’re pretty unappealing: they don’t employ many people, their members are often building …

Here's the biggest opportunity for entrepreneurs -- and cities -- everywhere else

You can divide most people into two groups: those that are bullish on offline businesses and those that are bullish on online businesses.<p>The former …

Entrepreneurship

It's not about influencers or lucky breaks, it's about the process

Sadly I think most of these cold emails are not even justified. <b>A lot of people seem to be reaching out to influencers, hoping for some lucky break,</b> …

Marketing

How to avoid screwing up your first meeting

There’s an important distinction between desperation and hustle: Desperation reeks of fear. Hustle smells like opportunity.<p>It’s hard to explain the …

Cold emails: one change that gets 200% better conversions

Everyone does cold emails wrong. Including you. The fix is super simple: <i>switch the order</i>.<p>Most people’s first email: “Can we get a cup of coffee?” OR …

Marketing

Overcoming the odds: How to get into the best accelerators

Just as much as I think entrepreneurs should skip the local investors first, I think entrepreneurs should skip the local accelerators too.<p><b>Aim for the</b> …

Communicate

Acknowledging the Struggle for Interestingness

If you want to get a second meeting with anyone, you need to be interesting. This especially applies to entrepreneurs.<p>I’m stealing this phrase from …

Entrepreneurship

No, Amazon HQ2 isn't coming to your city

<b>238.</b><p>That’s how many proposals Amazon received for their second headquarters. (And, as you already know, I hate all of this so much.)<p>In the next few …

Amazon HQ2

Everything worth doing starts small

A surprisingly high number of people walk into office hours with us and immediately jump into the how much money they could make, the size of their …

Small Business

Shark Tank is not real life

Say it with me y’all…<p>👏🏼SHARK.👏🏼TANK.👏🏼IS.👏🏼NOT.👏🏼REAL.👏🏼LIFE.<p>It kills me when the conversation is going so well… and then the …

Fundraising

Understanding the Venture Treadmill

There’s something I call the Venture Treadmill and it’s a real thing.<p>When you raise money for your company <i>from anyone</i>, you’ve stepped on to the …

Venture Capital

The real risk

Entrepreneurs often walk into office hours thinking about money.<p>They’re worried about how much they need to raise, what the terms will look like and …

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship Then and Now

When I was growing up, being an entrepreneur meant that you started a construction company, a corner store or a consulting company. It also meant …

Entrepreneurship

Amazon HQ2: why are we hypocrites about our local communities?

I hate to say this out loud but the craziness around Amazon HQ2 is pissing me off.<p>In case you’ve been living under a rock, Amazon (yes, <i>that</i> Amazon) …

Amazon HQ2

Information > Advice

I tweeted something yesterday that seems to have struck a nerve:<p>two ways to get unsolicited advice / commentary from everyone you know: have a baby …

Avoid the Gatekeepers

You should be using technology to <i>go around</i> gatekeepers instead of taking nearly endless meetings trying to go through them.<p>Just hear me out for a …

Things Every Entrepreneur Should Read

I hate that I’m about to say this: the people that have visited the most cities with me and Dana over the past 18 months know that I’m constantly …

The hardest part of investing everywhere else

The people we meet along our travels usually guess that the driving is the hardest part of investing everywhere else. The driving, believe it or not, …

Control your narrative

“I have a startup…”<p>That is quite possibly <i>the worst</i> way to introduce yourself to anyone. And, yet, it’s the most common phrase I’ve heard over the …

Startups

The side hustle, the solopreneur and the business

I meet an awful lot of people that seem to think entrepreneurship is risky. <i>It’s not</i>.<p>I meet an awful lot of people that want to “do” a startup. <i>That’s</i> …

Small Business

Everyone else isn't dumb

Dumb ideas don’t get funded. Dumb ideas aren’t getting funded. Dumb ideas aren’t even getting second meetings.<p>The only people complaining about “dumb …

Investing