Technosailor Venture Files — Hello World!

It was a fateful moment when I learned Aaron was looking for an entrepreneurship blogger. Pumped up after a day-full of Podcamp/Searchcamp Philly — drinking from the yet another firehose — I made the promise to myself: it was time to share my 20+ years as an entrepreneur. Blog I must.

And lo! A light shone in the heavens. Okay, maybe it was just a tweet — but here before me was the springboard to blog stardom: love him or hate him, Aaron’s a social media playa . . . and it just made more sense to hitch my wagon to Technosailor than trying to build from scratch.

So what can you expect from me? Experiences — good and bad — in funding, growing, staffing, powering up. . . and winding down . . . startups. Thrill of victory and agony of defeat, all that. I’ll write about the DC startup scene (although my flying radius extends to New York, and occasionally Silicon Valley). And about events (like Podcamp) that I attend. And, as appropriate, I’ll relate some real-time experiences with my current [stealthy] startup, CHALLENJ (though I promised Aaron I wouldn’t shill).

And maybe the occasional rant — about the self-obsessed San Francisco startup scene (what — you’re missing TechCrunch 500″) . . . lawyers . . . and bloviating CEOs, VCs, and other tech ego-trippers lacking the humility gene.

My first co-founder used to say, “I’d rather be lucky than smart.” (Then, coming from a megalomaniac hell-bent on global domination, the words didn’t exactly ring true.) The point is, a heckuva lot of what we entrepreneurs have to confront is neither predictable nor under our control. Still, we prefer it this way.

My hope is that some pearls appear in forthcoming posts that will help you navigate the shoals of murky startup waters. (Warning: more metaphors ahead.)

Hello [brave new entrepreneurs’] World!