According to a serial entrepreneur who mentored 100+ Silicon Valley startups

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It’s not every day we meet someone whose wisdom is highly considered valuable and priceless. However, I happen to know one. A few days ago, I had the opportunity to speak with him and I considered him a mentor and advisor for the past 3 years.

He’s one of the keys behind Hikre School’s success, but also how I first thought of its idea in the first place. His very first venture was at 9 years old when he and his classmate created a newspaper magazine.

He’s Adriano Farano, a serial entrepreneur and Silicon Valley pioneer who founded the Netflix…


Failures are opportunities in disguise.

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Located exactly in my night table lies a book about our society’s one of the, if not, best businessmen, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

The story started on one fine evening nearly a month ago, I had a great dinner with my Mom and when finished, I came back to my room.

The first thing that caught my glance is Elon Musk’s biography book.

It’s a book a bought for myself while I was traveling across California in 2017 and it’s that same year the first time I read it.

It caught my attention and it’s like telling me to read it…


Without a problem you’re passionate about, what you do is meaningless.

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Ever since I came back from the United States to the Philippines, I felt extremely lost. Although I’m incredibly happy to see my family again, I felt like something was still missing.

A few months later, most of my time is now dedicated to building my new startup, Hikre School and I have never felt this alive before.

And just a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak with someone I was truly inspired by. …


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In 2030 the global education market is expected to reach $10 trillion.

They now call the EdTech industry the next FinTech because of the huge market potential. In traditional ways, education has been very expensive.

During my college time in the United States, I was ridiculed for how expensive it was, yet I was attending classes and making sure I keep up with my attendance.

However that doesn’t make me happy, what gave me happiness was the people you meet, the relationships you build, and the connections you keep. …


If you’re a first-time founder, listen.

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A couple of weeks ago, I was in my dedicated workspace planning the next goals for my own education technology startup.

As I do the planning, a question crossed my mind.

If a second-time founder were in my shoes, what would he or she be doing instead?

We can all acknowledge that second-time founders do 60% better than first-time founders. So, it’d be a hack to borrow a piece of their wisdom.

For instance, a major issue is that most first-time founders believe they need a perfect product to launch.

What you need actually is to build an MVP —…


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You’ve probably heard of mental models. Chances are, you know the term, but aren’t exactly aware of its definition.

Mental models are your thought process about how something works in the real world. You can think of it as a system or a blueprint of how something would turn out in real life.

According to Farnam Street,

Mental models are how we understand the world. Not only do they shape what we think and how we understand but they shape the connections and opportunities that we see.

Mental models are how we simplify complexity, why we consider some things more…


#4. Insights + Vision of the future

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If you’ve come to gain valuable insights that can help you grow your startup and raise funding, you’ve come to the right place.

Having read hundreds of content ranging from Substack blogs, LinkedIn posts, Twitter tweets, and Y Combinator videos about startup success stories, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by loads of information.

Additionally, it’s on a case-to-case basis.

However, I have compiled four of what I saw as the most common pieces of advice that worked for the 90% of startup founders that help them thrive and succeed in terms of revenue, fundraising, and expansion.

Being a startup founder…


If we want to become a better person, both physically and mentally, what it takes is the consistent practice of scientifically proven habits.

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There are a lot of simple things that have changed my life.

Buddhism for instance has improved my self-control, taught me how to deal with my emotions, and how to manage my sufferings.

The first time I stumbled upon Buddhism, I was fascinated by how simple yet meaningful its principles and ideas were. That is exactly when I started realizing that the most difficult things in life are, simple.

Do you want to be different next week or next month?

Change starts now, wherever you are.

What I also learned from my Buddhist learnings and practices is that all we…


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During my current tenure at Twitter university, I have noticed a recent trend of social and video platforms getting launched left and right. With that, comes hundreds of millions of funding from VCs and Angel investors which begs the question.

How so?

So, using my findings, I’ve decided to compile a list of reasons how and why investors are hyped into investing hundreds of millions into startups that creates cool products. Products that aim to be next generation of social media or video platform re-imagined.

Without further ado, let’s start with number #1.

Build a social or video chat app

Valuations are attractive to startups that are…


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Elon Musk, the Technoking of Tesla and Imperator of Mars is one of the most crazily influential people in the world.

Do I still need to tell you who he is and what he does aside from memeposting on Twitter?

As a visionary thinker, what he achieved through decades is unprecedented. He never accepted no for an answer and he always found a way to break the wall of boundaries. His success doesn’t come easy.

For starters, it has now become public knowledge that he often sleeps at either Tesla or SpaceX offices when deemed necessary.

Although I don’t recommend…

Derick David

10x Top Writer on Innovation, Technology, and Startups and 500,000+ views and counting. drckangelo.substack.com

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