Matt Mireles

IN THE RING

 

Stories about startups, business and life.

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I’m Matt Mireles. This is my blog.

I’m a entrepreneur. In 2008, I co-founded SpeakerText, a hybrid man-machine data entry service powered by 45,000 people across the globe. As CEO of SpeakerText, I raised $1.1M from Google Ventures and sold the company to CloudFactory in 2012.

My pre-Silicon Valley past is colorful. I graduated from Columbia University with honors, even though I dropped out of UC Berkeley twice. After Berkeley, I fought forest fires on a hotshot crew in Alaska. While at Columbia, I worked my way through college as a 911 paramedic in the South Bronx. After Columbia, I worked as a reporter for the New York Times.

Now I am the co-founder of a stealth robotics company.

I have been very fortunate in life. But it’s always a struggle. I am still in the ring.

In the Ring
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People, like businesses, want predictable revenue.

The “gig economy” is part of a shift toward higher resolution careers that has been happening for decades. — Paul Graham (@paulg) July 15, 2015 Let me set the record straight for you deluded millionaires of the world: For most people most of the time,...

Getting Unstuck

“The only difference between Elite Entrepreneurs and those just getting started is the amount of time we stay stuck.” –Dan Martell Winning is all that matters. You only have to get to the top of the mountain once. How much time you spent falling down...

Letter to a Fired Founder

A friend of mine just got fired from his startup. As a founder, he was classy, loyal and relentless. He behaved like a champion. But despite all this, he got shitcanned nonetheless. So I wrote him a letter: Hi, I know you must be feeling pretty shitty right now....

Ask for the Money

I have a technique for asking investors for money. At the end of the pitch meeting, I ask: “So… are you in?”  It’s that simple. If you’re a founder and you’re raising money for your startup, you need to ask for the money at the end...

No One Is Self-Made

Fatherhood has changed me. In my pre-fatherhood twenties, I thought of myself as a self-made man. I viewed the world through an individualistic, narcissistic lens and my accomplishments, I believed, were largely my own. I had taken risks and busted my ass to get...

Mission Driven Companies Do It Better.

Mission driven companies do it better. They execute better. They scale faster. They grow quicker. In my first company, we were anything but mission driven. And this caused us huge problems. If you had asked 5 people in the company, “What does your company do,...

I'm Matt Mireles.
I co-founded SpeakerText (acq by CloudFactory), a crowdsourced transcription company powered by 45,000 workers across the globe.

Other Writings
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Getting Unstuck

“The only difference between Elite Entrepreneurs and those just getting started is the amount of time we stay stuck.” –Dan Martell Winning is all that matters. You only have to get to the top of the mountain once. How much time you spent falling down...

Letter to a Fired Founder

A friend of mine just got fired from his startup. As a founder, he was classy, loyal and relentless. He behaved like a champion. But despite all this, he got shitcanned nonetheless. So I wrote him a letter: Hi, I know you must be feeling pretty shitty right now....

No One Is Self-Made

Fatherhood has changed me. In my pre-fatherhood twenties, I thought of myself as a self-made man. I viewed the world through an individualistic, narcissistic lens and my accomplishments, I believed, were largely my own. I had taken risks and busted my ass to get...

The Greece Situation

Here’s what I would do if I was running Greece right now… I would vote “no” vote in the recent Greek referendum. I would move to abandon the Euro and re-adopt the Drachma as the national currency. I would stay in the European Union. I...

No One Is Self-Made

Fatherhood has changed me. In my pre-fatherhood twenties, I thought of myself as a self-made man. I viewed the world through an individualistic, narcissistic lens and my accomplishments, I believed, were largely my own. I had taken risks and busted my ass to get...

Morality is a Luxury Good

War is an act of violence intended to compel our opponent to fulfill our will.  -Carl Von Clausewitz Morality is a luxury good. War is fundamentally amoral. There is nothing a threatened society won’t do, especially when cornered. The violence of war has no...
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