Who is Daniel?
I was bitten very young by the bug of autonomy. More than mere self-reliance, "autonomy" to me meant that I regarded the question of institutions as an essay question, rather than multiple-choice. If I didn't like the products, services, or moral stance of an institution, I could simply make my own.
This attitude led to many experiments in how to bring a small group of people together to pursue a common purpose, preferably in such a way that we could all make a living at it.
My training, if you can call it that, is in software engineering, philosophy and music. So there's my bias: I tend to see structure, and beauty, in just about everything I observe.
For the most part I'm self-taught, but had the great blessing of meeting a few truly gifted teachers along the way. Everything I know about business, I learned by doing. This is great, because it makes it less likely that you might the insights I have to share elsewhere online or in a book.
For Whom is this blog written?
My thoughts, words and (if I can be of service) actions address three groups:
- Startists, a specific subgenre of startup entrepreneur I describe here
- Investors -- in the broadest possible sense, ranging from individuals pondering KickStarter pledges or financing a friend's or relative's startup, to establishment venture-capital groups
- Incubators, Accelerators, and other organizations devoted wholly to the support and encouragement of startups (regardless of whether such support including financing)
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