Airplanes & Startups

Airplanes & startups are my two biggest passions and it’s always such a pleasure when I get a chance to combine the two. The opportunity was presented to me with an intro from LA founder Matthias Galica who introduced me to Simon Walker, an australian entrepreneur who was working in the Leeap Project, a pretty impressive endeavor to explore the US tech startup community. I had the chance to fly and chat about startup with Simon and local San Diego Entrepreneur Grant Farwell. Here’s the full video talking about the San Diego Startup community with portions of our...

The worst time to raise money

The worst time to raise money

  I recently came across this post on how to raise money for first-time entrepreneurs and found it extremely relevant with what I’m going through right now at Flaretag. The first thing I’d like you to consider is the following graph from that post: This graph is spot on and clearly shows the path that we are going through. I want to give you the perspective of a founder who’s right in the middle of that 6 months post launch slump, but first a little bit of context and extra validation on Joel’s points. The beginnings My cofounder and I started working on what would become Flaretag in January of 2011 while I was still at Nokia. We never attempted to raise money with just the idea, we just started building it on our spare time. In...

Avoid problems when running multiple Cake apps in one server

  I was recently faced with a very puzzling problem causing seemingly random and annoying crashes in our CakePHP-based Real Estate application. After some debugging and chatting with the awesome support guys over at PHPFog, we uncovered the root cause and thus quickly came up with the solution. The symptoms are easy to spot: Application failures that show out-of-path files being executed (these are the files from another of your Cake apps), missing Views, Layouts that don’t belong to your app and sometimes Auth redirects to controllers that belong to another app. The problem lays in the default cache settings for Cake. Whether you use APC or File cache engines in Cake 2.0, the default settings are not sufficient if you run more than one app in the...

Interview at Brajeshwar

  Recently I had the privilege of being interviewed by Robin Wilding. The interview was published in Brajeshwar’s Blog and it’s a nice read about my past, my future and my current venture, Flaretag. Read the interview here >>    

How to transition from employee to entrepreneur

  Last week I wrote a post about how difficult it is to go from being a corporate employee to a full-time successful entrepreneur. The purpose of this post is two fold: Are you really sure you want to be an entrepreneur? Give yourself the best possible chance by preparing in advance. The following activities are mostly risk-free (check with you employer and spouse first though)  and achieve the two points stated above. Moonlighting There’s no better time to start working on your idea than now. Use weekends and nights and keep your day job or consulting gigs. Aside from the obvious benefit of trying something without having to start the “money clock”, it will test your ability to work insane hours and see if you are truly passionate...

Can corporate employees become entrepreneurs?

  Let’s start by confessing that I’m the first one to hope the answer is YES. I spent 10 years working for a massive company: Nokia. I’d like to explain first why I think somebody that starts out as an entrepreneur has a much better chance at making it than a corporate employee jumping into it later. Entrepreneurship is still not a science, it’s an art and more often than not you fail, learn from your mistakes and try again. Only a very small set of people will hit a homerun in their first start-up. The odds are against it even though we all believe that we can beat them. Two different paths Most of us started our professional careers with little money, crappy cars and lived in shared apartments, right?  When you start out as...

Mobile is changing the web

  When we think about the internet in the 90s, we imagine websites inside a browser and web pages that took us from one corner of the web to another. Today, we think about social networks, maps, videos, and applications that make our lives easier. The internet is in the midst of change once again. The main driver: mobile. Cellphones have browsers and are increasingly always connected. However they have two main differences with the prominent internet device of today (the PC): They are not linked to one place. They are constrained by size. Size makes it difficult to conveniently enter data and mobility creates different usage patterns. The mobile internet is mostly used for data consumption and with a different attention span. Mobility also brings...