Author Archives: David Spinks

The Biggest Mistake Founders Make when Building an MVP

We just started inviting people into the alpha for a community product we’re developing called Groop. It didn’t solve any of their problems. It wasn’t supposed to. The product is a community platform so it needed a decent amount of features even for an MVP, but we did the absolute bare minimum. We kept it…

The State of CMX, a Letter to Our Community

Today we shared an update with the CMX community on everything that’s happening behind the scenes at CMX. I wanted to share it here as well for anyone who’s been following along with our story. We want everything with CMX to be transparent, especially within our community, and we’re excited to hear any and all…

Stop Asking “Am I Happy?”, That’s Not How it Works

I’ve always had this vague idea in my head that happiness is this point in life that I can reach. If I work hard enough, make lots of friends, make money, travel, check off all the boxes…then I’ll be a “happy person”. Other people seem to think the same way because I’ve been asked many…

How I Got Fired from a Hot Startup

I wrote this article over three months ago. It’s taken a while to hit publish. I’ve wanted to share my story and be truly transparent but getting fired is a hard thing to talk about. Not just because it’s a bit embarrassing and might hurt my reputation, but because it involves other people. I don’t…

Make People Happy by Understanding What Freedom Means to Them

I had a really interesting discussion with Hiten Shah and Nadia Eghbal the other day about freedom and what it really meant for each of us. Freedom is something many of us strive for. It can affect where we choose to work, who we date, who we live with, where we live and probably a lot of…