Monthly Archives: December 2009

Eric Ries, Evangelizing for the Lean Startup

This is a fantastic audio podcast by Eric Ries. It was taken from Stanford’s Thought Leaders Series. He spends some time telling about his multi-million dollar failure, and the lessons he learned and applied toward a successful lean startup. He’s a captivating speaker with some great advise. This is an audio podcast in a video player.  Enjoy the picture of Eric during the podcast.

If you like this speech, you can find many more like it from the You can also subscribe to the Stanford’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series podcast on iTunes.

Avoid Phishing Attacks

I just got an email from PayPal today telling me my access has been limited.  That’s funny, PayPal has never done this before. The email looks legit. It is from a PayPal email address and even has a link directly to PayPal’s website… Or at least it seems. PayPal Phishing Email

Phishing is when someone misrepresents a company in hopes to gain sensitive information from its users.  PayPal phishers try to get PayPal login information so they can exploit accounts. Phishing attacks most commonly attack Banks and financial services.

Let me share some ways you can avoid phishing attacks.

  1. Check the ‘From’ email address.  If you get an email from, and the email address is from an email address, it is not legitimate.
  2. Hover over any links and see if the URL goes directly to the correct website.  URLs with IP addresses (ie. are not legitimate. Here’s what I see when I hover over the link from the above email:
    phishig address
  3. Trust your gut feeling.  If you think it is a phishing email, it probably is.

If you are unsure of the legitimacy of an email, you can always contact the company represented by the email and ask them.

If you get a phishing email you should send it to your spam box or delete it. You may also decide to forward it to the phishing department of the misrepresented company. Here are some email addresses to popular sites:,,

If you are a victim of a phishing attack (you followed a link and gave your information to a phisher), you should do the following:

  1. Change your password! Directly navigate to the correct website to log in – don’t log in from the phishing link.
  2. Contact the customer support department and notify them you were a victim of a phishing attack.

Aaron Patzer

Aaron Patzer, founder of talks about what you can expect when building a technology company, from costs to expectations. Incredibly insightful, especially since recently sold for $170 million.

Mint CEO Aaron Patzer on Startups from Techcrunch on Vimeo.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

  • “The difference between a good engineer and a great engineer is ten fold.”
  • “Ideas are a dime a dozen, it’s the execution that matters.”