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

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 —…


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

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.

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…


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…


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…


Use stillness to get that surge of inspiration.

It’s funny how even one book can change your life so suddenly.

And all you need is to read that one book.

This is how exactly I felt when I read “Stillness Is The Key” by Ryan Holiday.

I felt that life changed.

Also, it is crazy to think that I was extremely hesitant to read this book just a year ago for a number of reasons, including having a long backlog of books I’ve promised myself to read and going through a hard time due to the pandemic.

Then a few months ago, I started noticing that my entrepreneurial…


Make your story more memorable using these simple techniques.

Nowadays, every student, full-time worker, or startup founder spends a lot of time speaking online.

Whether it’s leading a team meeting, pitching an investor, or speaking in a conference, you need to take note of how to deliver your message.

Today I was in a conference call with a business advisor and team where we discussed our future plans for our business.

At some point, I was told that my presence in Zoom presentations and meetings was incredible and they started noticing how it can affect positively our online interactions.

One of my team members doesn’t use hand gestures when…


Ciao caro amico! Come sta andando in Italia adesso? :)


I asked people on social media about their thoughts on the drop-in audio platform. Here are the best answers.

If you were the CEO of Clubhouse, what features would you add to bring back life to the platform? How about increasing user engagement? Or how to establish excitement for new users?

I’ve asked people for feedback, opinions, thoughts all over social media and I have received quite interesting answers. Let’s hear what people have to say now about the drop-in audio platform and listen to what would they do to improve it.

Starting at number one.

“I would structure the countless rooms into tv channels. Eg. (Startup rv) and have a program of pitch competitions, guidance eg. …

Derick David

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

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