@kveton
"I fucking love my job. That is all."
May 23, 2012

Creating the burning entrepreneur attitude asks a lot of you. And it can’t happen in a vacuum (remember high school science class: fire needs oxygen). Your relationship with your business will drive your transformation into a burning entrepreneur. And that relationship needs to be heavy, as in the L-word.

My wife Amy and I spent a week in Tuscany with some friends, including Howard Lindzon. Howard is the CEO of StockTwits, a company we’ve been investors in for a few years. If you know Howard, you know he’s an always on, mostly hilarious, sometimes crazy (like a fox), super-high-energy-except-when-on-Ambien guy. After four days of Tuscany, Howard was completely chilled out and more relaxed than I’ve ever seen him.

But don’t let this totally chilled out Howard fool you. He was on his computer a lot. Whenever I looked over at him, he was on the StockTwits website communicating with the stock community he’s helped create and loves. As the market was gyrating around he tweeted up a storm, put up a bunch of content on StockTwits, did some trades in his hedge fund, and wrote a few insightful (and funny) blog posts about the market including his discovery that the Tuscany VIX is always less than 10.


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 @kveton
"I fucking love my job. That is all."
May 23, 2012

Creating the burning entrepreneur attitude asks a lot of you. And it can’t happen in a vacuum (remember high school science class: fire needs oxygen). Your relationship with your business will drive your transformation into a burning entrepreneur. And that relationship needs to be heavy, as in the L-word.

My wife Amy and I spent a week in Tuscany with some friends, including Howard Lindzon. Howard is the CEO of StockTwits, a company we’ve been investors in for a few years. If you know Howard, you know he’s an always on, mostly hilarious, sometimes crazy (like a fox), super-high-energy-except-when-on-Ambien guy. After four days of Tuscany, Howard was completely chilled out and more relaxed than I’ve ever seen him.

But don’t let this totally chilled out Howard fool you. He was on his computer a lot. Whenever I looked over at him, he was on the StockTwits website communicating with the stock community he’s helped create and loves. As the market was gyrating around he tweeted up a storm, put up a bunch of content on StockTwits, did some trades in his hedge fund, and wrote a few insightful (and funny) blog posts about the market including his discovery that the Tuscany VIX is always less than 10.

Howard loves StockTwits. He loves his business. He loves stocks. He loves the community of people that care about stocks. And he’s creating a company — a really interesting and important one — around his passion. It’s wonderful, infectious, fascinating, exciting, and awesome.

Entrepreneurs must be completely obsessed. They must be thinking — every single waking moment — about how they are going to change the way the world interacts with the vertical market they are attacking.

Howard defines this type of entrepreneur. It was incredibly inspiring to be around. We had a blast doing non-StockTwits/non-stock stuff, but when he was working he knew exactly what he was going to work on.

We have chosen to invest with several other entrepreneurs who have similar characteristics.

When an entrepreneur is trying to decide between a couple of different ideas, I often ask the question “Which one are you in love with?” If there’s a quick response, then the answer is easy. If the answer is none of them, that’s the answer to which one he should pursue. Howard reminded me of this.

 @bfeld
"Are you working on something you love and are obsessed about? If not, reconsider how you are spending your time."
April 17, 2012
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