Getting into an incubator after you’ve been rejected

We just got into 500 Startups!

But the thing you should know is – four months ago, we applied and didn’t get in. Heck – we applied to them all – 500 Startups, YC, Techstars, AngelPad.

We got rejected from all of them [...]


What to say when someone is being an asshole

“If I had known you would become pregnant, I wouldn’t have invested in your company.” This is what an investor said to Michelle Crosby, Founder/CEO of WeVorce. Her response: “What do you mean?” Immediately the investor realized what he said and apologized for being an asshole. —- That was one of the interesting stories from […]


How to get a job after you’ve been rejected

I’ve gotten everything I have because I was rejected. My senior year of high school, every day I’d run to the mailbox. I was waiting to hear back from my dream college. I was so excited when the envelope finally came. I ripped it open, my heart pounding. It was a rejection letter. I was […]


I am selfish

I am selfish. 100 days ago I got an email from a lady who had seen my viral dance video. I got lots of emails from people who wanted to learn to dance but that’s not what she wanted. She had multiple sclerosis and what she wanted was to walk again. So I taught her […]


What’s it like to go on a daytime TV show?

I never thought I’d be on TV. I’d always wondered — how do they pick guests? Is it scripted? How is taping different than what you see on TV? Last week I got to be a guest on The Queen Latifah Show. A couple things surprised me — I’ll share what I learned. How they pick guests A few […]


We got rejected by Y-Combinator

Why is this news? Well, it’s not supposed to be. News is when so-and-so raised a $15 million round from Sequoia-this or Andreessen-that. Yesterday, we had an interview with Y-Combinator for our video startup, 100. We just had a pretty good launch earlier in the week. My co-founder Finbarr is more reserved than I am […]


I’m 26 and I can’t drive

I’m terrified of driving. I’ve never driven a car by myself. I’ve never owned a car. I’m a grown adult and I live in America. I’m scared of sitting in the driver’s seat. Just the thought of putting my hands on the leathery steering wheel makes my palms sweat. I’m scared of fulfilling the stereotype […]


10 ways to make your video go viral

I almost didn’t write this post. Because I wanted to keep the magic behind my viral video to myself. Because of my ego. Because I would have loved to brag that I just sat back and it took off on its own. But that’s not what happened. I did a ton of marketing, and it […]


Discipline is overrated

Are you sure you want more discipline? Because maybe instead, you should quit. Wait — I’m telling you to give up? Yeah. It’s okay to quit. Yo-Yo Ma’s first instrument wasn’t cello. He actually started with violin — and he wasn’t good at it. So he quit violin and picked up cello instead. Maybe you’re like Yo-Yo Ma, and […]


How to stop being so jealous

You know the feeling. When it hurts to see other people succeed. When you read articles about Mark Zuckerberg, the world’s youngest billionaire. When you watch some freak child prodigy playing piano like a mini Mozart. When your friend gets that thing you wanted for yourself. I used to feel this way all the time. […]