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To Commerce! To Freedom! To the Open Internet!

I sent this letter to the Federal Communication Commission just a few minutes ago. I encourage you to do something similar. Also, feel free to discuss this post on Hacker News. From: Matt Mireles Date: Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 12:25 PM Subject: Save the Open Internet. For Freedom. To: Hello, My name is Matt Mireles and […]

Farewell to All That

“Each time you crest the rise in front of you, it just makes it clear the size of the even larger hill that looms beyond it. It goes on for a long time.” -Marc Randolph, Founder/CEO Netflix **** After six years in the saddle as an entrepreneur, I’ve decided to hang up my hat and get […]

Knowing When to Flip.

Magazines take your photo. Venture Capitalists offer to invest over email.  Billionaires smoke weed in your living room. No one doubts you. Like this post? Discuss it on Hacker News.  Your company is hot. You are hot. And it feels awesome. To struggle for months, to dream for years––and then to have the world’s attention. It […]

Humility the Hard Way

So much of the best advice is impossible to hear when you are first starting out. Success feels within our grasp, just a sprint or two away. We’re in too much of a hurry to listen. Failure slows you down. The pain of failure forces you to stop. Failure creates the context where one can […]

A Good Startup CEO

A good startup CEO sets the direction, the mission and the unit of measure, then empowers his team to figure out the rest. — Matt Mireles (@mattmireles) May 2, 2013 I became a startup CEO because it was the only palatable job I could find. But I never really knew how to do the job […]

There Are No Rules. You Are Alone

“There are no rules. Don’t let anyone tell you any different.”  –Jim Everingham Perhaps the biggest lesson I learned––though I struggle with it still––from my first startup experience was: YOU ARE ALONE. You are Cortez at the shores of Veracruz.  There are no rules. There are no answers outside of those that you create for […]