Protect what you've built: Jason Ross and the story of JackThreads
When Jason Ross packed his bags to make the big move to New York City in 2013, it wasn’t for a girlfriend, or to chase his dreams of stardom to the Big Apple. It was for a company – his company, the one he’d started building more than seven years before. But when he got there, Jason says, he realized pretty quickly that "the ship had kind of sailed."
That time HQ Trivia gave us a master class in how not to handle the press
There are bad days at the office, and then there's the kind of day Rus Yusupov had in November 2017. You know, the kind of day where you threaten one of your most valuable employees, alienate thousands of loyal users, and call the entire future of your wildly successful startup into question? And the whole thing winds up in a story on one of the most prominent news sites of the Digital Age? Okay, maybe we don't all have days like that.
Heat-seeking missle: WePay's journey to product-market fit
Rich Aberman and his co-Founder Bill Clerico were making great progress with their payment processing startup, WePay. Customers liked it, the press liked it — and investors had put in a lot of money to keep growing it. But in 2014, Rich and Bill were getting ready to kill it.
Shifting gears: Riide and the importance of customer feedback
The strategy made sense to Jeff and Amber, but once they started talking to people, it became pretty clear pretty quickly that it didn’t make sense for their riders. So they did what any good Founder does when new information comes in: they adjusted their course.
Building toward balance: Nate Checketts on making it work
When you’re starting a new company, the week your site launches is pretty much guaranteed to be the most stressful week of your life, even under the best circumstances. The circumstances that Nate Checketts was dealing with in the week leading up to the launch of his company, Rhone? Let’s just say they were a little less than the best.
How many companies does it take to build a smartbulb industry?
When Corey Egan looked out at the market, he didn't see anything that looked like his company's product out there. Then one morning a new crowdfunding campaign launched on Kickstarter, and just like that, everything changed.
Ready for anything: Kapture and the importance of evolving with the market
While Mike and Matthew were heads down getting the first units of Kapture into the hands of their Kickstarter backers, a new product hit the market and turned every assumption about the wearable tech space completely upside-down.
Mojoe mobile brewer: How to make a mobile coffee maker
For a lot of people, that probably would have been the end right there: you assume the thing you think is a thing is a thing, you find out it’s not a thing, you shrug it off and think, “Well, somebody will get around to it sooner or later.” Spoiler alert: that’s not what Alex and Joseph did.