Why Accountants Don’t Run Startups

This week I’m at the California Coastal Commission hearing in Ventura California wearing my other hat as a public official for the State of California.  After the hearing I drove up to Santa Barbara to give a talk to a Lean Startup Meetup.

The talk, “Why Accountants Don’t Run Startups” summarized my current thinking about startups, how and why they’re different than large companies and for good measure threw in a few thoughts about entrepreneurial education.

It was a dry run of a talk I’ll be giving at Eric Ries’ Startup Lessons Learned conference April 23 2010 in San Francisco (streaming and simulcast across the world.)  I’m a small part of what’s shaping up to be a spectacular conference and an all-star cast.

The talk is below.

Update: I’ve updated the slides to the latest version of the talk. The original can still be found here.

I’m From the Government and I’m Here to Help You

Apologies for a “Secret History” post that appeared today and now is gone from the blog.  (Those of you with a reader still have it.)  It was a rough draft you’ll see again when I can finish complete sentences.  (Something you can appreciate if you’ve read my class text on Customer Development.)

My only excuse is that this week I’m doing public service in my role as a California Coastal Commissioner.  Long days, lots of items on the calendar, dedicated staff, very bright fellow commissioners. Greatest hits here.

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