Amin Ariana

How will you measure your life?

I used to be the captain of an imaginary ship at age seven, navigating the turbulent waters of revolution and war. At fourteen, the ship became real, and I became a multi-cultured immigrant adventurer. At twenty one I picked up engineering, and started shipping tech products. When I reached twenty eight, I called myself a pirate, an entrepreneur. And my next milestone, at thirty five, is to write advisory essays to help others dream up adventures of their own. You only live once; what will you have left undone in your final moment?


Essays

These essays, generously published or cited at times by Forbes.com, Business Insider, CNET, Quora Weekly, Carnegie Mellon University, Mashable, and Social Media fans, deal with surviving and thriving on an entrepreneurial journey:

Photo from New York Times, Nov 2011

The Google Coup D'état

How did Google's first angel investor know its potential to take the Internet away from Yahoo? How can I invest in the next Google?

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The Fox

The Stolen Currency

The fundamental difference between a startup founder and a paycheck employee is their ability to discern between money and currency.

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Unicorn Fish

Invading the Ocean

What are some strategies that new services like Quora and Stackoverflow used to encourage people to start using them in the beginning?

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Beethoven Symphony No. 5

The Darkest Days of a Startup

After all the hard work I've been putting into my startup, I'm going broke. How can I sustain a full time commitment without income?

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Iraqi bomb in Abadan, Iran, not going off, 1980

The Worst That Can Happen

Facing the worst possible scenario and getting over its anxiety

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Gollum falling into Mount Doom

The Point of The Pain Point

I've written down a few problems that I've observed around me. Should I try and solve even those that don't affect me directly?

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Woodstock 1969, or Dylan's foreshadowed "The Battle Outside Raging"

The Momentum behind Dramatic Premises

How to write a Startup pitch Executive Summary that sticks in the mind of the VC investor for months after your presentation

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Shasta

The Entrepreneurial Bug

"Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better." Florence Nightingale, Founder of Nursing

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The Scream of Nature

The risk-averse career path

The career choices of the leaders of tomorrow in a world of collapsing socialist economies and acute capitalist wealth gaps

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University of Waterloo Faculty of Mathematics

The Ultimate Engineering Internship

You’re approaching your final college year not having interned at Facebook, Amazon or Google. Are you considered an idiot? Is your career doomed?

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Mars Landing

The Making of Prophetic Startup Ideas

"Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others."

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Monopoly over the oceans and the defensive cluster-fuck

The Achilles' heel of large monopolies

The rise of Facebook, and the Google Plus strategic cluster-fuck

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A seed

The Angel and the Devil

The first $1M of startup fundraising, in angel investment or seed capital, has a job. The job of the funding depends on when you raise it.

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The Traitorous Eight

The Founder of Silicon Valley

How to amass power, expand human leverage, and give birth to a modern empire

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Google B40 Building

How to end up with a job in Silicon Valley

or Newton's law of universal job gravitation

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The road of solitude falls into perspective once you reach the top

Money worries

A day inside the mind of an entrepreneur turning off autopilot: Worries pass in an hour. Regrets stay for life. And choices make sense in retrospect.

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Jumping Off a Waterfall

How do you get over the fear of quitting your job to start a startup?

You don't get over the fear. You run towards it, with your knees buckling.

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House on Water

Formidable creations are unleashed when you let go of expectation

In the startup's ideation stage, outside expectations are the main cause of failure. If you cannot afford to make a mistake, you will not create.

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The 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran

The Father of a Revolution

A short story about how to measure yourself.

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The Stream Founder

What kind of jobs do the software engineers who earn $500K a year do?

What kind of tasks or skills make them so valuable? And how can you replicate their success?

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Twenty First Century American Department of Veteran Affairs

In Praise of Salary Negotiation

You get as much as you negotiate. The non-negotiator will in the end become the victim.

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Two Macbook Airs

Working at Google while completing a demanding Master's program

How do you manage your time? Does the company offer any special working hours for you as a master's student? Do they encourage or help financially?

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Google Job Offer

Landing an entry level job interview at Google, Facebook and Amazon

Breaking into my first high tech job was hard. I wish advice and proper job search tools existed. I hope my decade of tips make it easier for you.

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My Books

My books focus on the entrepreneurial journey genre. They're still prototypes, covering insights about Type II education, career, life-long calling, and not least of all, death:

Contrarian Contemplations

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Short scenic stories and one-off essays on entrepreneurship, startups, conflict, dreams and death. (71% ready)

The Currency of a Founder

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The 17 subtle but deadly conflicts in the quest to build a valuable startup; Narrated by a technical founder and storyteller from inside the trenches (53% ready)

The Traitor in Silicon Valley

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Insightful stories of motives, values, strategies and tactics that make possible the culture of conquering technology waves in Silicon Valley. (47% ready)

The Unusual Candidate

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When the landlady belittles their struggling father, two unemployed sons watch with pale faces. They conspire to earn power as Top Tier Engineers. (24% ready)

Technical interview questions

My growing collection of problems for engineers preparing for a technical interview at Google, Facebook, Microsoft, or Amazons of the world:

Basis Ventures

Successful MBA-oriented founders who validate their business model with a prototype and traction are shocked when hitting the wall. The product dies right when the market finally accepts it; the contractors start acting flakey; and the investors are suddenly unwilling to invest in tech resources right when they're needed.

Traction seems to kill a startup before it's reborn.

The best founders, those who validate cheaply, are surprised the most to find out what investors already know: A single invested tech cofounder can replace an entire team of engineering contractors and build a scalable version of their product faster, cheaper and with more versatility than the original. Tech partners are different from engineers: they put their skin in the game.

When the customer complaints start pouring in at 4am and the outsourced team is unresponsive, this point finally sinks in: "I need a tech co-founder, and this company needs a technical leader."

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Portfolio

I have provided value to innovative organizations, such as:

Google
Microsoft
Disney
Cox Communications
University of Waterloo
Carnegie Mellon University
Chubb Insurance

Contact Me

I am always happy to meet for coffee in San Francisco to discuss your project. I am confident that my extensive experience will ensure you get a positive return on your investment.


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