When one is truly committed…

Daryl Hatton Entrepreneurship

We have been doing some in-depth research (good work Nat!) on our potential market and finally see both the massive opportunity in the market and the breadth of competition we face. While the second aspect is certainly frightening it was also very reassuring; the existence of competitors who are more than just startups proves the existence of a market. Our original hope was to find more of a “green field” with fewer competitors and hopefully therefore an easier time for our startup company to establish a presence. Unfortunately, there are not as many big “green fields” around any more and the ones that are there tend …

Breaking eggs

Daryl Hatton Health, Personal

The saying goes “you have to break some eggs to make an omelette”. Right now I’m feeling the cracking… I had a car accident in 1987 where I stopped a flying Camero with my forehead. It was a little hard on my body and particularly my neck / shoulders. I’ve been dealing with that continuously since then with mixed results . When I take care of myself, life is generally pretty good. When I fall off the horse, life gets a little uncomfortable. I get very dizzy, suffer a constant low level headache which sometimes spikes up dramatically, the pain …

I would have made it shorter…

Daryl Hatton Entrepreneurship

… but I didn’t have the time. This famous quote from Mark Twain comes to mind from time to time when working on important documents. This weekend I’m again amazed at how long it takes to make a good 15 minute twenty slide PowerPoint presentation. Throwing together twenty slides of dense text bullets is easy. Forty is easier! Getting twenty graphical slides that succinctly and effectively communicate precisely the right amount of the right information is a daunting and time consuming task. Figuring out what information is most important to the target audience is tough at the best of times. It is even tougher as an entrepreneur who …

Why to Start a Startup in a Bad Economy

Daryl Hatton Entrepreneurship

This article appeared on Paul Graham’s blog. I think it agrees strongly with my point of view that good companies can start and thrive in any economy. Bad economies are in many ways a tailwind that helps propel us (i.e. good companies) forward because it keeps the “silly people” from starting bad businesses that destroy the value in the market. The article is quoted below. To leave comments with the original author, click his comments link at the end. The economic situation is apparently so grim that some experts fear we may be in for a stretch as bad as the mid …

Thanksgiving

Daryl Hatton Personal

I originally put this on the FundRazr blog but it is better here. I’m a lucky man in so many ways (including the fact that I know this). Today is the day to acknowledge what we are thankful for. Actually, every day is but we only put the label on this one. In that spirit, I’m thankful all the time for all these things (in no particular order)… My good health My good fortune My wife My kids My father and mother My brother and sister My extended family My hyper-extended family of close friends from all around the world My …

In the beginning…

Daryl Hatton Personal

… there was an empty page. And it needed to be filled. Not because the page had any agenda of its own but simply because Nature abhors a vacuum and will always rush to fill one. One great way for me to get something going in my life is to open up new “space” and see what happens. That is what I’ve done with my blog and this first entry. Why start with this picture? Simple. I took it and it is the best Nature picture I’ve done. This is a photo of a place near where I live that …