What’s the best way to use your board well?

David Jackson (Founder, Seeking Alpha)
Do most VCs add negative value? | A Founder’s Notebook

Being aware of where you add value vs. not isn’t just a requirement for VCs — it’s true for everyone. Having clarity myself about where each board member adds value vs. not has significantly helped me get the most out of Seeking Alpha’s (excellent) board.

What’s the best way to set goals?

Seth Godin (Founder at Yoyodyne Entertainment)
Seth’s Blog: Give up and go up goals

You will benefit when you tell lots of people your give up goals. Tell your friends when you want to give up overeating or binging or being a boor. Your friends will make it ever more difficult for you to feel good about backsliding. On the other hand, the traditional wisdom is that you should tell very few people about your go up goals. Don’t tell them you intend to get a promotion, win the race or be elected prom king. That’s because even your… (read more)

What’s the best way to set goals?

Ben Horowitz (Co-Founder & Partner @ Andreessen Horowitz)
How Andreessen Horowitz Evaluates CEOs – Ben’s Blog

Goals and objectives are not the story. The story of the company goes beyond quarterly or annual goals and gets to the hardcore question of why? Why should I join this company? Why should I be excited to work here? Why should I buy your product? Why should I invest in the company? Why is the world better off as a result of this company’s existence?

What’s the best way to scale your organization?

Jerry Colona (Founder @ Reboot.io)
The Management Team – Guest Post By Jerry Colonna – AVC

To me, the hardest part of scaling people is learning to lead your self. We forge our truest identity by facing our fears, our prejudices, our passions, and the source of our aggression.

What’s the best way to run your meeting?

Robyn Scott (Co-Founder at oneleap)
The 30 second habit with a lifelong impact — The Startup — Medium

Immediately after every lecture, meeting, or any significant experience, take 30 seconds — no more, no less — to write down the most important points.

What’s the best way to plan an office space?

Aaron White (Former technology entrepreneur and Co-founder of Boundless)
Keeping a Healthy Office Environment – Boundless Blog

1. Embrace the power of plants, which help reduce stress. 2. Seek natural light. If you don’t have windows, consider a skylight or holding regular brainstorms on a walk outside. 3. Get stand-up desks, to increase energy, prevent slouching, and alleviate back problems. We whip up adjustable desks for just under $70 with easy-to-assemble IKEA parts. 4. Offer healthy snacks. We’ve seen a surprising amount of employees make the decaf switch, and mos… (read more)

What’s the best way to negotiate with an investor?

Ryan Howard (Founder @ Practice Fusion)
Transcript: Protecting yourself as the founder; Ryan Howard | VatorNews

For me, one of the things I think is really key is to always think about your downside. If this all ends today, not even if you’re fired, if the company goes out of business today, what do I have left, what do I have in my bank account? Can I get any liquidity from the equity? What’s really key here is that California is at-will so effectively, once you form your company, you start taking on investors and you no longer have control of the board. … (read more)

What’s the best way to manage your own wellness?

David Heinemeier Hansson (Partner at Basecamp)
Sleep deprivation is not a badge of honor — Signal v. Noise — Medium

trying to extract 110% performance from today when that means having only 70% performance available tomorrow is a bad deal. You end up with just 77% of your available peak. Bad trade.