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Adding game elements to normally not game related software or processes in order to increase engagement.

A: User testing has shown that users don't like our accounting app.
B: We should really be adding some gamification.
A: Will that make the app more useful?
B: No, but more fun!

Added by graup graup about 4 years ago


Product Hunt

An app well known by tech people in Silicon Valley as a way to discover new startups and apps

Added by zazpowered zazpowered about 4 years ago


Herd Mentality

When people follow the leader or others like a herd instead of thinking independently. Often seen when investors are deciding which startups to fund.

VC: You guys have a really strong team, exactly the type that we like to fund, but we just don't believe in the idea.
Kim: Did I mention that a16z decided to invest in us yesterday.
VC: Wait. Don't leave. I think we started things off on the wrong foot.

Added by zazpowered zazpowered about 4 years ago



A web blogging platform where independent users write out their opinions that get featured in categorized groups called "Medium Collections."

These articles don't adhere to any real journalistic standards, but are nice to read because in many instances they reaffirm your already deeply held beliefs.

I just wrote 3 articles on Medium on how starting a startup is a really difficult but worthwhile journey. It got picked up and shared by 213 Twitter users.

Added by yungsnuggie yungsnuggie about 4 years ago



A mythical University in Canada where many good Engineers and Computer Scientists come from.

Sam: "Where are all these Canadians from?"
Matthew: "We hired 10 interns and 20 full-times from Waterloo. They get shit done because if we don't hire them, they'll have to work for Blackberry."

Added by robert robert about 4 years ago


Engineer Unicorn

An engineer that is competent, good looking, dresses well and is not socially awkward.

John: How come no other engineers are like David?
Mary: He's an engineer unicorn. They are rare.

Added by pygmyknight pygmyknight about 4 years ago


Fuck you money

When you make enough money from a startup or job that you can basically do whatever you want. Usually from equity after a liquidity event.

Engineering manager: Congrats on the IPO everybody. See you guys on Monday.
Engineer: I'm not sure about that
Manager: You think you can do whatever you want now you have that fuck you money?
Engineer: Sorry sir. I just got a little excited

Added by zazpowered zazpowered about 4 years ago


Early Employee

A founder who will take 1% of the company instead of 25%. This is a polite way of saying "sucker."

CEO: "We couldn't have done it without a few great early employees."

Added by employeeNumbaOne employeeNumbaOne about 4 years ago


Vanity Metrics

Useless data that looks good but does not necessarily correlate real success.

Bob: Our website gets a million views daily!
Mark: How many of them are you converting to paid users?
Bob: Well.. we are still working on that.

Added by serge serge about 4 years ago


Y Combinator

A label you add to your startup's intro (if chosen) that your company exchanges 7% of protected equity to arbitrary increase your valuation with.

After getting accepted from Y Combinator, my 3 man team from [insert top 5 engineering school here], we launched our [insert undeveloped idea that sounds good on paper here], and raised 1.5 million dollars from Demo Day because we're changing the world.

Added by yungsnuggie yungsnuggie about 4 years ago

  • charlesjo charlesjo

    Possibly more valuable label than Stanford in the startup world.

    almost 4 years ago
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Awesome Journey

Used when a startup has failed. Intend to give a positive spin on what is a gut wrenching moment.

While our startup has failed, it has been an awesome journey.

Added by beenpoor beenpoor about 4 years ago


Non-technical Cofounder

A Wharton MBA who will overestimate the value of his idea and underestimate the value of the person who will implement it. Often wonders why his technical cofounders leave him and the apps they build look like shit and get hacked all the time.

Non-technical Cofounder: Why do all these technical cofounders leave me? Did they not see the MBA from Wharton in my email? I'm telling you right now, I know how to write a business plan. I even offered the last guy 10% of my company.

Added by zazpowered zazpowered about 4 years ago


Facebook Friend

Somebody you met in real life once who is useful for increasing your friend count and possibly the like counts of your latest selfies but likely someone you will never talk to again.

"I don't know who Jane is but she's liking my photos so she stays."

Added by zazpowered zazpowered about 4 years ago

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The mothership of all APIs. An app that lets you connect apps with other apps.

I used IFTTT to tweet when I get a weather notification.

Added by Original Jared Original Jared almost 4 years ago

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Minimum Viable Products.

Dude, I got a MVP for my project, do you wanna invest it?

Added by hardin hardin almost 4 years ago

  • charlesjo charlesjo

    GSD to MVP. MAU, ARR. Lower CAC. See YC, VC. IPO or M&A. No Netflix & chill.

    almost 4 years ago
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A person.

Google is a person, just like us.

Added by yungsnuggie yungsnuggie almost 4 years ago

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Y Combinator

Y Combinator is an early stage seed fund started by Paul Graham in 2005. The combined market cap of Y Combinator companies is currently over $30 billion

John: You should apply for Y Combinator they will give you 120k for 7% of your company and provide great mentorship.
Amit: Great idea. I'm going to apply

Added by zazpowered zazpowered about 4 years ago

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Thiel Fellow

A student under the age of 20 handpicked by Peter Thiel to drop out of college and start a company.

I dropped out of MIT because Peter Thiel just gave me a $100,000 to realize my dream of creating a social network for dogs.

Added by yungsnuggie yungsnuggie about 4 years ago

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Buying the logo

Investors putting a tiny percentage of a fund into a company so they can claim credit. Credit to Sam Altman

Due to the success of Airbnb, some investors are buying the logo so they can put an Airbnb badge on their website.

Added by zazpowered zazpowered about 4 years ago

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Silicon Beach

The area around Playa Del Rey/Venice where a fuckload of tech companies are moving in. Synonymous with brogrammers and people that wear startup t-shirts in public.

Brogrammer Intern 1: "These new start-up tanks are clutch! Silicon Beach is the fucking bomb dot com!"

Brogrammer Intern 2: "Shakabrah dude let's get SugarFish later then hit up the Bungalow since we're rich and gentrifying LA!"

Brogrammer Intern 1: "Tubular brah let me shave my neckbeard first then we can get hyphy for real my friend"

Added by dicknose dicknose about 4 years ago