As I promised in my last post, I recently finished a project to summarize some of the SEC rule changes over the past year and how it could impact startup fundraising. This project is a part of my participation in the New York City Bar Association's Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Committee. The report took … Continue reading Summary of Key Recent SEC Rule Changes
I want to cover some of the recent changes to the “accredited investor” definition and how this may impact startup fundraising. I have been following this change for the past several months and think it is important for startup founders to understand the broader context of these regulatory changes. This stuff gets very technical since … Continue reading How will the changes to the accredited investor definition impact startup fundraising?
Copywriting used to be one of my least favorite aspects of developing a software product. I have never been a confident writer—I can’t spell, I hate making mistakes, and always feel that even tiny errors call into question my professional ability (thanks law school). However, after being very involved in content creation over the past … Continue reading Don’t Overlook Content
I felt like I was starting from zero when I first became a product manager. I was an effective project manager but didn't have any formal product management training or experience. I had been learning the product process through working with my team but hadn't read much about the theoretical underpinnings of the role. When … Continue reading My PM Reading List
Most of what I have learned about product management has been through on-the-job training. From this experience, I don't really believe in dogmatic adherence to specific processes or paradigms. In fact, there have been a few occasions where strict adherence to process actually got in the way of building a better product. I do think … Continue reading Mental Model: My Product Process
Today is my 30th birthday. I can’t really say why, but 30 feels particularly significant to me. Maybe it is the current state of the world or maybe this is my generations coming of age milestone. Whatever the reason, it feels appropriate to reflect on my life since turning 18 and to think about where … Continue reading 30
I recently listened to episode 165 of Law Technology Now. This episode focused on discussing the larger themes that make up the legal profession and what some states, particularly Utah, are doing to reshape how law might be practiced. This podcast got me thinking about how poorly the legal industry actually does at supplying legal … Continue reading Is legal a luxury good?
Background While I was working on Gust Launch, we released a feature called the founder IP assignment workflow. This was a workflow where a startup founder would be led through the process of assigning all the intellectual property they had already created and would continue to create to their new venture. For early-stage startups, assigning … Continue reading The IP Assignment Workflow
I first encountered the strategic planning methodology, Objectives and Key Results (OKRs for short) about two and a half years ago at Gust. At the time, we were a very capable team that was proficient at shipping high-quality software. However, there were several instances where we would encounter decision paralysis because we knew where we … Continue reading My Experience with OKRs
Background A few years ago while attending a professional development meeting for emerging company attorneys, one of my colleagues shared an interesting pain point about the legal practice. As a senior partner for an emerging companies practice, one of his primary roles is to coordinate the efforts of other attorneys in order to support the … Continue reading Product Exercise: Making a better email experience