There is a storm coming!
I spent the last few days in Switzerland, visiting family and friends as well as networking with old colleagues from work. I am leaving Switzerland with a very distinct feeling in the pitt of my stomach. There is a storm coming! We are very close to a significant economic shift that will particularly affect the funding climate of small technology based startups. Time predictions are always hard. I...
Startup life is a trade-off
Just 2 months ago I joined Sahil and Bryan to build Gumroad. At that time I had literally zero Ruby/Rails experience and came from a Python/Java background. I was super excited to get started at Gumroad for multiple reasons. Of course I thought the idea and the product were kick ass and would change the world, but more than that on a personal level I really wanted to work on something that would...
How to run a tech startup
Running a startup is tremendously hard. When I started out with my first company, I felt that though there was a huge amount of high level advice, such as “focus on building a great product” given to me, there was little tangible advice on how to manage the subtle nitty gritty details of day to day operation. While I failed with my own startup, I would like to pass on some of the...
on "getting shit done"
Ever wondered how some people just seem to be accomplish an incredible amount of work within 24 hours? They are so dedicated, productive, efficient and on top of their game! It almost seems that nothing can stop them. And most of them seem to do it without being visually stressed, depressed or sleep deprived. In contrary, most of them have more energy and feel more vital than the rest of us. For...
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I am Mike (@MichaelKlocker). I am a software engineer in Silicon Valley. I grew up in Switzerland on the country side (yes, lots of cows) and am now helping Sahil (@shl) to build Gumroad (@gumroad), an awesome startup in San Francisco. To call this transformation anything less than f%$@&!ng awesome would be an understatement. So why this blog? Easy. For too long I have expressed my thoughts,...