Mark Essien
EVALUATING STARTUP IDEAS

The only true currency we humans have is time. Everybody is given a pot of time when they are born, and every day they take out a little from it. One dreaded day, the pot is empty. People will pay money to have a little more of that precious time...

Mark Essien
DO YOU NEED A CO-FOUNDER?

Co-founders are both the most important thing that your company needs and the most likely reason your company will fail. If you don’t have any co-founders, when you hit that dip, that speed bump along the road, you will be unable to continue...

Mark Essien
YOUR HIGH IQ WILL KILL YOUR STARTUP

In 2004 I was in Brazil, walking down the hill in Lapa to get some lunch. I was with a friend who I had met in the hostel I was staying – his name was Ofer. We were having a discussion about intelligence, and what role it plays in success...

Mark Essien
A CHINESE VILLAGER WHO SELLS MORE SOFTWARE DAILY THAN YOU DO

I was alone in the center of a small Chinese town, the weakly glowing streetlights hardly illuminating the streets. The silence was heavy and absolute. It was different from the eternal light and sound of Shenzhen, and the high elevation gave the air an unusual taste...

Mark Essien
DON'T ASK WHY YOU WERE REJECTED

I’ve noticed something that is not immediately obvious - rejections without explanations can be supremely helpful. Imagine you are applying for a job, or for funding for a project of yours...