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Failing Forward and regression lines

It’s been a really productive two weeks in North Dakota, installing our game in schools on two reservations, in tribal schools and public schools. I didn’t write this post to talk about that. Rather, in keeping with some of the really useful posts I’ve read about start-up failures, I wanted to share with you the…

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What’s Really Needed for Data Science, Start-ups & Life

There’s been quite a bit of discussion on twitter lately regarding generalists versus specialists. This article on KD Nuggets reported an even split in their poll numbers regarding whether companies try to hire a generalist who has knowledge of all areas required by a data scientist, as opposed to those who said that they hired…

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The Mid-Life Pivot (Don’t Call It a Crisis)

Perhaps people wouldn’t be so hesitant to change careers during mid-life if they paid a little bit more attention to start-ups. Having been in start-up mode for the past few years, I’ve read numerous articles with titles like, “Five things you should know about start-ups” “Eleven reasons start-ups fail” “Six keys to start-up success” “Nine…

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This could have been me: Start-up death

My heart goes out to whoever is writing the blog, “My start-up has 30 days to live”. It’s the truest thing I’ve read about business since Paul Hawken wrote that the reason most small businesses fail is that they have too much money.¬† It’s funny, because I was on the Forty Women to Watch over…

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A second look at social media and Kickstarter statistics

When our Kickstarter campaign first started, I questioned the impact of social media. Despite being tweeted out by my darling daughter #3, who had over 170,000 followers on twitter, equal numbers of backers came from direct links (that is, people I had emailed directly) and twitter. By the end of the campaign, we had 255…