derek andersen

  • Hiring Great Engineers: Kleiner Perkins’ Mike Abbott Explains How

    Hiring Great Engineers: Kleiner Perkins’ Mike Abbott Explains How

    Editor’s note: Derek Andersen is the founder of Startup Grind, a 35-city event series hosted in 15-countries that educates, inspires, and connects entrepreneurs. He also founded Commonred (acquired by Income.com) and is ex-Electronic Arts. I spoke with a robotics engineer and PHD from Stanford this week about looking for a job. He’s not the type of guy that easily joins… Read More

  • How The Huang Brothers Bootstrapped Guitar Hero To A Billion Dollar Business

    How The Huang Brothers Bootstrapped Guitar Hero To A Billion Dollar Business

    Editor’s note: Derek Andersen is the founder of Startup Grind, a 35-city event series hosted in 15-countries that educates, inspires, and connects entrepreneurs. He also founded Commonred (acquired by Income.com) and is ex-Electronic Arts. There are virtually no companies in Silicon Valley that exit north of $100MM or create a billion dollar business, that don’t raise… Read More

  • Should You Trust Your Gut? The Answer Is Yes.

    Editor’s note: Derek Andersen is the founder of Startup Grind, a 30-city event series hosted in 15-countries that educates, inspires, and connects entrepreneurs. He’s ex-Electronic Arts as well as the founder of Commonred. A few years ago I asked a successful entrepreneur for advice on what I should do with my latest product idea. His reply was simple. “Trust your gut. Read More

  • Steve Blank Teaches Entrepreneurs How To Fail Less

    Steve Blank Teaches Entrepreneurs How To Fail Less

    While secretly wanting to be an entrepreneur but working at Electronic Arts, I would sometimes sneak out early and jet to Stanford campus to crash Steve Blank’s entrepreneurial lecture series. Steve literally wrote the book on customer development with “Four Steps To The Epiphany” and now he’s back again co-authoring a 500-page reference guide with Bob Dorf called… Read More