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Distribution Mode vs. Initial Contract Size →


So how does initial contract size affect the distribution strategy of SaaS companies? Here is some interesting data from a recent survey that is not all that surprising, but it does clearly show what has been intuitive for many building their own SaaS companies. What this also confirms is that…

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I’ve been flying to SF regularly for 4 years now, and with much increased frequency this year. I hate being tired, and get really grumpy, so I’ve developed a pretty well working model of how to prevent and treat jet lag. It’s based on experience, and this great research, from which I learned that:

  • Your body is able to adjust its internal clock by about 1.5h per day going West and 1h going East (internal clock is not sleep rhythm but depth)
  • You can use melatonin to trigger sleep (larger doses) and to slowly adjust your circadian rhythm (small doses)
  • You can use bright light to trigger wake time (daylight or a daylight lamp)

Here’s a rough schedule for going westwards (i.e. EU to US).

Roughly 1 Week before taking off

  • Stop drinking coffee. Why? It messes up your internal clock and despite how well you metabolise coffee (I’m bad at it), it will have an impact. To avoid headaches, ween yourself off by reducing by 1cup/day from your normal levels. You want to be at zero caffeine (no tea or Mate, either) about 5 days before you take off.

3-4 days before you take off

  • Go to bed 1.5 hours later each day, and spend the last hours in bright light (e.g. fully cranked up laptop displays, lights on, etc.).
  • Don’t kickstart the mornings - sleep in, slowly wake up, exercise later in the day

On the flight

  • Try to take an early flight and sleep the first few hours, so you can get through the rest of the day.
  • Skip the first meal if possible.
  • Choose a window seat so you can sit in daylight for the second half of the flight.

Landing & first day

  • Eat a healthy meal when you arrive. Plane food sucks and bloats you, and light, healthy food will give you energy to make it through the day.
  • Exercise if you can, or spend some time at work to keep busy.
  • Go to bed as late as you can, I usually keel over at 10 o’clock when in SF.
  • Take some Magnesium and/or Melatonin to make sure you sleep through the night.
  • Sleep in a room as dark and quiet and possible.

Day 1-3 Depends on how much you preslept

  • Don’t worry about getting up early as long as you have at least 6 hours of sleep.
  • Spend time in bright (sun) light in the mornings to readjust your clock.
  • Go to bed later by the day until you’re on normal time (if it’s short stay, just get up and sleep early)
  • Follow your normal routines for exercise and food (lots and healthy)

Before you go back

  • Start going to bed earlier 3 days before you leave (eastwards you can only adjust about 1 hour/day)
  • You can take small doses of Melatonin (.5mg) in the late afternoon (I haven’t been that disciplined yet)
  • Make sure you’re very tired on your last day: go out (don’t drink too much), exercise, or just work hard

Return flight

  • Have a healthy meal before you fly so you can skip the bad plane food
  • Late afternoon is the best time to fly, as you can go to sleep quickly
  • Sleep as fast as you can (Melatonin or a sleeping aid is a must)

When landing

  • Eat a good meal as soon as you can to readjust clock, drink lots of water
  • Unpack your bags, run errands at home
  • Keep lights low so you become tired
  • Go to bed late, take Melatonin to sleep through the night

First days at home

  • Don’t book too many early things, give yourself time to readjust
  • In the mornings, expose yourself to bright/daylight
  • In the evenings, keep lights low.
  • Slowly use less Melatonin each day until you don’t need it to fall asleep (I start at 5mg, going down to 1mg over 3-4 days).

After 4 days back home

  • Welcome to your life.

I managed to return this Monday from SF, and be back on track by Wednesday. It works.

This schedule is obviously easier if you have a flexible work environment, but you can decide how much you want to prepare yourself, adjust to local rhythm at all, and how much you are prepared to suffer upon your return.

I think the only reason I’ve had the career life that I’ve had is that someone told me some secrets early on about living. You can do the very best you can when you’re very, very relaxed, no matter what it is or what your job is, the more relaxed you are the better you are…I realized the more fun I had, the better I did it. And I thought, that’s a job I could be proud of. It’s changed my life learning that, and it’s made me better at what I do.

Penguins on Phillip Island wear hand-knitted sweaters as part of their oil spill rehabilitation.

Philipp island? Count me in.


Penguins on Phillip Island wear hand-knitted sweaters as part of their oil spill rehabilitation.

Philipp island? Count me in.

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Hello Commander Hadfield, for the past year and a half my 5-year-old son goes to bed worried, sometimes in tears. He is worried about the Voyager Interstellar spacecraft, the fact that it is out there all by itself. He wants it to come home to be safe. What do we tell him?


Inherent Vice. Looks good.

AngelList für Anfänger

  1. Erstellt komplette Profile für eure Person und euer Unternehmen – und füllt diese mit hilfreichen Informationen. Ziel ist es, Investoren dazu zu bringen, auf „Follow“ zu klicken – und das passiert nicht, wenn sie auf eurer Profilseite neben dem Namen nur ein Logo zu Gesicht bekommen.
  2. Schöpft die Vernetzungsmöglichkeiten der Plattform voll aus, indem ihr vielen interessanten Leuten folgt.
  3. Gebt regelmäßige Updates! Je öfter euer Startup im Newsfeed der euch folgenden Investoren auftaucht, desto höher ist die Wahrscheinlichkeit, dass sie sich bei der nächsten Finanzierungsrunde positiv an euch erinnern.
  4. Nutzt AngelList zur Recherche geeigneter Business Angels: Wer interessiert sich für meine Themen? Wer hat schon einmal in meinem Geschäftsfeld investiert?
  5. Bindet die Plattform schon früh in die Investorensuche ein und nicht erst während einer Finanzierungsrunde. Besteht ein Kontakt zum Zeitpunkt des eigentlichen Pitches schon länger, ist die Chance, dass er Gehör findet, um einiges größer. Daher lohnt es sich, schon im Vorfeld der Fundraising-Phase die Fühler auszustrecken.

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Those are two great quotes, especially together.

When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

Arthur C. Clarke, Hazards of Prophecy

This is Clarke’s Law

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It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.

— Gabriel García Márquez (via nedhepburn)

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Hard knock life. 


Hard knock life. 

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Es war einmal das Leben - YouTube →

Just remembered this gem of a childhood show.

iPhone 6 Lines and the Chinese Mafia

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