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Nick Hughes

5 Crazy But Life Changing Reflections

by / ⠀Startup Advice / May 23, 2013

Life moves pretty fast….. sometimes it’s best to sit back and reflect on your priorities. The unintended consequence of a startup can be acceleration of everything around you.  It happens so fast, in fact, you end up losing perspective on more important aspects of life.  It’s easy to get out of bed each day, focus on what’s in front of you, go to bed only to get back…

Leadership Lessons from George Washington

by / ⠀Startup Advice / April 1, 2013

You may have heard the description that founding a company is like leading a volunteer army.  I couldn’t agree more and want to dive deeper into the analogy to see if we can pull out some useful nuggets. It’s true, most startups are formed by individuals who are passionate about their idea.  But, the fact is that passion does not actually get the work done and they cannot…

Building A Killer Product Business On A Budget

by / ⠀Startup Advice / February 27, 2013

As as startup CEO I am always intrigued when I meet another entrepreneur fighting the good fight.  It’s a great opportunity to trade war stories and learn about other interesting industries.  But, I am more thouroughly impressed when I find out they are doing it the “hard way”. When I met Cameron wheeler, co-founder of ZappBug, his first line was “Did you know there are 110,000 unique people…

Already Failed Your New Years Resolution? Here’s A Better Idea

by / ⠀Startup Advice / February 20, 2013

It’s that time of year again, isn’t it?  Time to determine something about your life or business you want to change, figure out how to make it better, and then shout to the world “gosh darn it, I’m really going to do it this year.” Oh really? Most people tend to associate health, weight-loss, or financial goals with their New Years Resolutions.  A common theme is resolutions tend…

Valuable Lessons Learned In The First Year As A Startup CEO

by / ⠀Startup Advice / October 17, 2012

About a year ago I was approached by a stranger and was asked to join a Seattle startup.  This stranger, my soon-to-be-cofounder, asked me to take the CEO role in the startup, which unfortunately was named Order SM but eventually became Seconds. I remember it clear as day.  We met at a coffee shop in the Greenlake neighborhood in Seattle and chatted about our similar ideas on local…

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