Product Club Acceleration Program Review

It was 5 AM or so (after having my first child this became the standard wake-up time…). I had just grabbed a cup of coffee and was getting ready to start working when I saw an email from Jeff Morris Junior. Jeff is an ex-VP of Product at Tinder and the founder of, a […]

24 Tips to Get investment for Your Startup in the US

In May 2019 we launched AZpop, a mobile app that works like Yellow Pages for WhatsApp (starting with the Brazilian market). Despite not being in the US, we managed to close a pre-Seed investment round with two Silicon Valley funds (Weekend Fund and Hustle Fund) and with some high-profile US angel investors (e.g, James Beshara […]

AZpop – Yellow Pages for WhatsApp

Below you’ll find a mock press release I created for AZpop. WhatsApp passed 2 billion users in February 2020, and over 95% of Internet users (over 120M people) use WhatsApp in Brazil. In countries like Brazil, India, Spain, and Italy, WhatsApp is the go-to communication platform, but there’s no streamlined way to find the WhatsApp […]

Lost and Founder: Great book about startups

Over the past week or so I have been reading the book Lost and Founder by Rand Fishikin, and I must say that it’s one of the best I have read about startups and entrepreneurship. Here are some interesting points and concepts I came across in the book: -Companies should focus on their core product […]

Building an Automatic Ball Thrower for Dogs

We have a border collie called Budweiser. In case you didn’t know, border collies are herding dogs. As a consequence, they have an almost unlimited supply of energy, and they need to spend that energy throughout the day else they get bored and depressed. Given that we don’t have sheep around, we need to resort […]

Y Combinator’s How to Start a Startup – Lesson 1 Summary

If you are an entrepreneur or are planning to build a startup, do yourself a favor and watch the “How to Start a Startup” lessons that Y Combinator did on Stanford a while ago. You can watch all lessons you YouTube. Below you will find my notes for lesson 1. I am writing them mostly […]

Consistency Trumps Intensity

A couple of months ago one of my friends introduced me to the 7-minute workout app. As the name implies, it’s an exercise program you can do in around 7 minutes. I can bench 300 pounds, and always loved going to the gym (though finding time for it has been a problem lately), so my […]

The Lean Startup: Book Summary

The Lean Startup is a must-read book for any active or aspiring entrepreneur. I was fortunate enough not only to read the book, but to watch a live keynote from Eric Ries, the author. Below you’ll find a summary of what I absorbed from both experiences. Defining “Startup” A startup is a human instituion designed […]

5 Productivity Hacks You Should Know and Use

Time is pretty much the only resource you can’t get or buy more of. That is why becoming a more productive person can make a big difference in your life, both personally and professionally. Below you’ll find 5 productivity hacks I learned over the years and can’t live without now. 1. Batch processing Wherever you […]

My Top 10 Business Books

The average american reads 5 books per year. The average CEO reads 60. Coincidence? Below you’ll find the 10 books that most influenced me professionally. 1. How to Make Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie) This is by far the best business book ever written in my opinion. Companies and businesses are made of people, […]