Category: Culture
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How to Write Your Demo Day Pitch

My cofounder Ryan recently published a very well-received post on how to practice and deliver a Demo Day pitch. I hope this post on writing will serve as a natural companion to Ryan’s post on performing. I’m a big believer in Stephen Covey’s principle of Begin with the end in mind. So for starters, let’s […]

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AngelHackSF — We’re here for you!

The Keen IO team is rocking AngelHackSF at PayPal this weekend. If you’re a hacker interested in Keen IO, get at us. We’re here and ready to help. Chat — Keen IO Chat Party — users.keen.io Email — team@keen.io Or, find us in person. We’re palling around and encamped on the second floor in the Round Table room. Look for our […]

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We are Keen IO

Keen IO. Not Keen.io. Not KeenIO. Certainly not Keenio. Keen IO. Current customers and regular readers probably noticed a different logo and palette on the site recently. If you didn’t, that’s fine. It just means you’ve developed a keen (!) ability to parse the internet for content only. That’s a wicked skill. Perhaps you’d rather […]

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Work with People you Love

Hey all, Dan here again. I’ve struggled a lot with how to write this post. I’ve known for quite some time that I wanted to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, I suppose) about what working with my best friends has been like, and how, ultimately, I feel about it. Turns out it’s […]

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Keen (Un)Happy Hour Was A Success

You know what’s awesome? When people you respect tell you how great you are. You know what’s less than awesome? When people you respect shit all over you. We got a little bit of both last week. And, “shit all over you” is probably a bit of an overstatement, but hyperbole and blog posts are […]

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How I Pitched My First Startup

Hi there, I’m Ryan. I’m the nerd that delivered Keen’s Demo Day pitch for TechStars and our winning presentation at Structure. Before TechStars, I’d never pitched a company before — in fact, I shied away from it. This is my story of how I tried to transform myself into the best pitch person I could be. I’m […]

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One man burns, another drives…

Morning all, I’m Kirk, Keen’s unofficial Chief Fretting Officer. Dan kindly referred to me as one of the most level-headed people he knows. In reality, I’m just the guy who wears a collared shirt to the office every day. While that’s typically not a really bold statement, we just recently had to remind one of […]

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How I negotiated my startup compensation

Hi, I’m Michelle. I recently left my job as a technical consulting manager and joined my best friends and my fiancé, Kyle, at Keen.io (I wrote about that here). This is the story of how I negotiated my compensation. When I started thinking about joining Keen, I quickly realized there is a lot I don’t […]

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Raising Capital Q&A

I concluded my writeup about raising money for Keen by offering to help anybody who was going through the same process, or just had general questions. I think I had some really interesting correspondence with folks who reached out, and I wanted to share some of that here. I’ve anonymized the questions to protect identities (but if […]

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Embracing Serendipity (Why Getting Lucky isn’t About Luck)

If you’ve followed this blog at all, you may have noticed that we’ve written almost completely about intention. What do I mean by that? All our posts have been about something we’ve set out to accomplish — getting into a startup accelerator, raising our round, leaving our consulting job, etc. For each of these topics, we began […]

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Say Hello to the Keen Team!

Hi again! It’s been a few months since I wrote our official introductory post for this blog. We’ve come a long way since then and have made a lot of progress. But by far the most exciting part of building a company is, well, actually building the company. And a company is defined by the […]

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On Demo Day

I’m on a bus driving from San Antonio to Dallas, where SoftLayer, a supporter of TechStars Cloud 2012, is going to get our entire class cataclysmically drunk. Most of the class is riding along with me. We’re celebrating / mourning the end of the most rewarding, challenging, and productive three months of our lives. Yesterday […]