Author @ Aaron Dinin

I teach in Duke University’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship program and founded RocketBolt. I write about startups, pedagogy, entrepreneurship, engineering, and poetry. They’re all related, I promise.

How Young Entrepreneurs Can Find World Changing Ideas

As someone who teaches in an entrepreneurship program, I spend lots of time talking with my students about how to come up with ideas for products and companies. Personally, when assessing the potential of a company, I don’t prioritize ideas or products. I believe the most important indicator of success is a company’s approach to […]

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The Two-Letter Word That Will Kill Your Startup

As a young entrepreneur, I remember calculating the market opportunity for multiple startup ideas using some formulation of the following “back-of-the-envelope” math: The market has X-many-millions of people. So, if I only capture Y-tiny-percent of that market, I’m going to have Z-ridiculous-amount of money. Luckily, I advanced beyond that kind of flawed thinking fairly quickly. […]

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  • Walked into the @dukeinnovation Bullpen and was excited to find @kdhoch. I hear #dukeinsiliconvalley was fantastic, but I'm glad to have him back in #durham. Though, after five weeks on the Left Coast, I was kind of hoping he'd have frosted tips. #ohwell #entrepreneurlife
  • 4th of July celebratory steak dance #happy4th #steak #babycarnivore
  • Catching a summer lecture by my favorite @dukeuniversity undergrad professor, Dr. George Gopen. 12 years later, he's still showing 400-person auditoriums how the #grammar rules they learned in grade school hurt their #professionalwriting. Lesson #1: "Context controls meaning." #rhetoric #memorylane
  • Ended the morning with the right amount of fingers and toes. My yard ended the morning with one less tree. #yardwork #homeownership #imissrenting
  • Puppy birthday ice cream! Happy 7th birthday to my favorite ball of fur. #furbaby #puppy #doggyicecream
  • Shook off 2+ decades of rust to build a block masterpiece today. Looking forward to #fathersday 2021 when Adeline is old enough for us to break out the real @lego sets 😊
  • Love when my @dukeinnovation graduates want to Skype to discuss a post-Duke #startup. 
Hopefully they're all competing to be my first student to produce a unicorn. 
Don't let me down @jordanmartinez15 🤞 
#entrepreneurship #hustle #duke2017
  • Only thing better than a geeky discussion about #sales pipelines with @adwerxre VP of Sales @cleithe is doing it over drinks on top of the @thedurhamhotel #saleslife #entrepreneurlife #playinghooky #durham
  • While updating an investor today I used the phrase "shopping for unicorn saddles." When we tried to figure out what that actually meant, here's what we came up with. Any better ideas? #entrepreneurship #startups #venturecapital #unicornsaddle🦄
  • Tate caught a rainbow while moving into our new house. Is that a good omen, or were the former owners of my house Care Bears? #lucky #potofgold #notinkansasanymore
  • Carference Call (n): A video conference that takes place in your car because you booked meetings too close together. #entrepreneurship #startups #hustling #randomparkinglot
  • Finally getting to use my fancy new parking permit in my fancy new parking lot thanks to @kdhoch -- my personal parking guru 😉 #toolazytowalk

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