Speaking at the Michigan Lean Startup Conference

I must say that I was very surprised when I was asked to speak at the Michigan Lean Startup Conference on May 17th. The lineup includes some awesome speakers and Lean Startup / customer development experts: Steve Blank, Ash Maurya, Dan Martell, Brant Cooper, Patrick Vlaskovits, Dave Feinleib and Noah Kagan. And me… What the […]

HighScore House Launches at 500Startups

HighScore House is one of our portfolio companies at Year One Labs. After leaving Year One Labs, they decided to join 500Startups and go through the 3-4 month acceleration program to continue building their product, learning and growing their network. Yesterday, they presented at 500Startups’ Demo Day. It’s interesting to see the pitch evolve – […]

Year One Labs Completes its Incubation Phase

Today we announced the completion of Year One Labs’s incubation phase. I’ve been working on Year One Labs since April, 2010. For those that don’t know, it’s an early stage accelerator using the Lean Startup methodology. We made five investments (which was our plan) and have been very pleased with the results so far. In […]

HighScore House is Hiring

HighScore House is a Year One Labs portfolio company. The company was founded by Theo Ephraim and Kyle Seaman. HighScore House is rethinking the way kids earn the things that they want, while making the lives of families easier and more positive than ever before. They use game design to motivate kids to take on […]

Time to Whack Some Freaking Zombies

No, I’m not talking about killing off zombie companies (although I do think entrepreneurs should do that.) And I’m not talking about real zombies either (although if you see one, please do something about it.) Today, it’s all about virtual zombies in a new location-based MMORPG called Please Stay Calm. Please Stay Calm is an […]