Killing Off Brinktop

July 2, 2015

Last summer I attempted to start two new business:  Dyced and Brinktop. I have already written about the rise and fall of Dyced. Dyced lasted only 2 and a half months. Brinktop on the other hand lasted nearly 10 months. I introduced Brinktop before. Brinktop started to make highly customizable laptops. But laptops are priced too low and […]

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My Mistakes of the Last Year

July 1, 2015

I’m back. So I thought I’d restart by talking about a bunch of mistakes I’ve made in the last year. I’ll describe those more fully in the next few days. Here they are: Started two new companies that failed (price tag at roughly $100k lost) Hired for a position that didn’t work out (price tag […]

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Brinktop Seeks Technical Co-Founder

December 7, 2014

Brinktop is a new startup that we started working on 6 months ago. Milestones achieved thus far include: Significant customer discovery and customer interviews Initial product prototype built:  a DIY Android tablet kit Large prospective customers list built Team members today include: Ben Mitchell – CEO James Estes – part-time contractor Gallagher Pryor (CTO) & […]

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Blogging Slowdown

November 28, 2014

I’m not a fan of blog posts that talk about blogging and make apologies for not blogging. They are boring and I have avoided them for nearly two years. But November has been rough for me, and I have not blogged much. I have a lot going on right now. We have some explosive growth […]

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I Love Bug Reports

November 20, 2014

Ignore complaints from people who habitually complain. If a problem is real, you’ll hear about it from people who don’t. — Paul Graham (@paulg) November 20, 2014 Note: this does not extend to bug reports. People who habitually submit bug reports are usually right. — Paul Graham (@paulg) November 20, 2014 I love bug reports. […]

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On Focusing

November 19, 2014

1/ one of the best things i’ve done for productivity: for the last month, have severely limited reading of tech news, twitter, and fb — Sam Altman (@sama) November 19, 2014 As a PhD student, I was really good at focusing. I could spend all day completely absorbed in an introverted mode of cranking on […]

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Pickup Lines

November 18, 2014

I have been at the Supercomputing conference this week with both ArrayFire and Brinktop. As we are standing in the booth I realized that for ArrayFire we have good pickup lines we can use to start talking to anyone at the show. Do you do any CUDA or OpenCL programming? Do you use GPUs or […]

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Startup HPC Conference

November 17, 2014

Today I participated on a panel at the first startup HPC conference held in conjunction with the Supercomputing 2014 conference in New Orleans. The panel shared many insights into starting HPC companies. Here are some of the themes I repeated for this audience: The history of raising venture capital for this market, especially for middleware […]

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A Big Day for ArrayFire with Open Source Release

November 12, 2014

Today we released ArrayFire as open source (Github page and blog post announcement). We made the #3 spot on Hacker News. It has been a super exciting day for everyone on our team!   I have written several times before about the deliberations we went through to come to this decision. Check out those posts. Background […]

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The Importance of a Good Business Model

November 9, 2014

Why you can’t ignore monetization: better business model -> hire the best people -> make the best product. — Chris Dixon (@cdixon) November 7, 2014 Yesterday I wrote about the importance of creating a great product that customers love. In Chris Dixon’s tweet above, he talks about how having a good business model is related […]

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