Review your good swing

On July 3, 2011, in Personal, by Daniel Gaviria

Learning from failures is powerful. So fail often.
But just as important is learning from success.

Learning from Mistakes

Last week I played golf with a group of people I had never met before. Besides having a great time learning and in conversations, this let me observe our behavior.

In retrospect, this is nothing new. But the implications are helpful.

After messing up a shot, they would go back and review their swing. What went wrong? Some people get furious and swing around, others (more…)

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The Inevitable Future

On June 29, 2011, in Personal, by Daniel Gaviria

ro·man·ti·cize (v) – Deal with or describe in an idealized or unrealistic fashion; make (something) seem better or more appealing than it really is.

Feel Humanity with your Action

U2 is a band who feel humanity. Today’s 360 Tour show had a scene where we can see the eye of a person, a woman. As her face is shown, you can tell she is middle eastern because her head and neck are covered. Her expression is similar to the Mona Lisa. As Sunday Bloody Sunday starts, her mouth and nose are covered with a green cloth. The Tunisian flag is shown, then the Iranian flag, and following the lyrics to the song it is (more…)

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Shopping in your Store

On June 16, 2011, in Minglle, by Daniel Gaviria

Short story on the evolution of libraries and stores

Before the 1800s, books were kept in libraries and bookstores, the librarian (and owner, usually the same person) would more or less know what books they have, and where they were.

As more and more books were kept in one place, you couldn’t rely on their memory. So the Dewey Decimal Classification was established so that librarians could organize their books, and customers walk in and have an easier time finding books by following conventions.

These conventions are heavily biased, because of the nature of the libraries they were created for. For example, Christianity holds 70 classes (#220-#289) in the system, while all Indian religions hold one (#294).

Amazon, eBay came along, and now (more…)

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Why Life is Hard – And how to deal with it

On June 11, 2011, in Personal, by Daniel Gaviria

Life can be hard because of 2 factors: what’s Inside (it’s all in your head), and what’s Outside. This post is about preparing for the Outside.

The Minimum Viable Day: is it Viable?

Here’s a minimum of what I need daily to stay healthy and happy, in order of importance.

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How to Fail as a Startup

On April 18, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Daniel Gaviria

“Startups don’t fail because they lack a product; they fail because they lack customers and a proven financial model.” – Steve Blank, 4 Steps to the Epiphany

So, what is a startup? A startup is a concept in search of customers and scalable business model.
Once these are obtained, the startup turns into a company. The focus is on executing the company’s services.


Focus of a Startup

While still a startup, the founders have a vision of the product, customers, pain, business model, etc. The goal is to find (more…)

4 Steps to the Epiphany, Steve Blank


  • Have we identified a problem a customer wants solved?
  • Does our product solve these customer needs?
  • If so, do we have a viable and profitable business model?
  • Have we learned enough to go out and sell?


Find customers who buy into the (more…)

4 Steps to the Epiphany, Steve Blank


“Products with senior management out in front of customers early and often – win.”

Difference between “Fire, Ready, Aim” and “Ready, Fire, Aim”


Product Development: The Path to Disaster: (more…)

Using Facebook’s Success Strategy

On March 31, 2011, in Minglle, by Daniel Gaviria

Did Facebook succeed because of exclusivity?

I don’t think so.

Facebook succeeded because of density.


Density for achieving Network Effect

And density is an important concept for products looking to achieve a the network effect.

Density in the sense that there are a lot of people, near each other, (more…)


On March 30, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Daniel Gaviria

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