dondaglow_bannerDo you have a dream project? Is there something that you really want to spend your time executing, but you either do not have the resources to do so, or you do not know how to get about starting? This could be ANY dream project – a startup, a foundation, a movement. Don Daglow shares with the igniters on 10 ‘simple’ steps to follow when starting your dream project


  1. What attracted you to this project? What made you care so much about this project? Why does it matter?
  2. What will your title say when you picture yourself after this project has started? CEO, COO, CTO? What will you be spending most of your time doing?
  3. Do you need anyone else to execute the project? Is this going to be a team project or an individual-run project? If you need a team, who will be the next person you hire after yourself, and what will be his/her job title? Do you already have someone in mind?
  4. How will your team resolve conflicting ideas? If your team is divided on a key issue about your company strategy, but open debate doesn’t lead to a clear consensus, what will you do?
  5. Will you be working part-time or full-time on the project? If full-time, how much money / revenue will you be bringing in for SURE, and how long will that sustain you and your team?
  6. How many people depend on your income? How does your partner feel about your risk?
  7. What is the project in your career did you get the most praise about?
  8. What is the biggest project you have ever worked upon from start to end? (regardless of success) What was your role in that project?
  9. What is the biggest project you had ever won?
  10. How would you feel if someone you respected or someone with authority (e.g. Oprah??) said your project was awful? What would you do if your dream project did not make any money (if you expected it to)?


For the full webcast, visit the Vorkspace Youtube Channel:

About the speaker:


Don Daglow has worked in multiple startups over the last 35 years, and his experience spans much of the modern history of Silicon Valley. His work has been honored with a Technical Emmy® and at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Starting as one of the original five console engineers at Mattel Electronics in 1980, he became Director of Applications Software for what grew to be a 1,200-person organization. In 1983 he joined a small Silicon Valley entertainment startup called Electronic Arts, which went public and became a multi-billion dollar corporation. After working as an executive for Broderbund, which was sold to The Learning Company for $416 million, he founded Stormfront Studios, which he led for 20 years and which created products that generated sales of over $500 million at retail.

He now serves as CEO of 4thRing Inc., an early-stage software startup, and continues to work as an executive advisor for companies ranging from small teams to major international corporations. He also serves as an advisor and mentor at the Founders Space business accelerator in San Francisco.

In 2008 Don accepted a Technical and Engineering Emmy® Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his creation of Neverwinter Nights, the first graphical game of its kind, which paved the way for global hits including Everquest and the multi-billion-dollar World of Warcraft. He also received the CGE Award in 2003 for “groundbreaking achievements that shaped the video game industry.”  

He is also the author of the highly-rated new San Francisco mystery novel The Fog Seller.



Tweet your Negotiation Tricks, and WIN!!

by Wendy Soon on July 4, 2016

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You are fighting for a salary increment. You are trying to convince your spouse that the Maldives is the best destination for your next vacation. You want your toddler to finish her greens before heading for the ice cream. Everywhere we go, everything we do, involves negotiation with someone over something. It can be an easy task, or it can be extremely daunting. And we don’t always get our way. What methods do you use to increase your chances of a successful negotiation?
We know that you have spent many years of your life honing your negotiation skills (be it with your boss, your family member, your best friend, or that salesman selling you the car). So why not share it with everyone? Short and sweet does the work! Remember, in just 6 words, no more and no less. Multiple entries are allowed for description of multiple teams you are involved in. And you can win amazing prizes. We promise you – it’s A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. We’ll be announcing winners on the day of our next meetup on 15th July 2016 – where Margaret Neale of Stanford GSB speaks about negotiation!
How to Submit: Think hard and think long, get creative or get real! Make a statement or just have fun. Submit your great idea. Use the format:

Startup Name: [I Negotiate by  _ _ _ _ _ _] #igniter6Word #IgniterSV @vorkspace

  • Vorkspace: I Negotiate by thinking about the other person’s needs #igniter6Word #IgniterSV @vorkspace
  • Vorkspace: I Negotiate by figuring out my bottom line first #igniter6Word #IgniterSV @vorkspace

You think you can do better than that? We will see. Start Tweeting now! And remember, share your tweets and get as many of your friends to retweet them as possible, to increase your chances to win! No limits to the number of entries submitted per person. Contest ends July 15th, 7pm PDT. Winners will be announced at our next meetup with Margaret Neale. (winners must be present at the meetup to redeem prizes).

Prizes: Winners with the best ideas will be selected based on the number of “retweets” and “favorites” of your idea, as well as our internal panel of judges.

Winners will receive the following attractive prizes!
1. Mrs. Moskowitz’s Munchies Gift bag (yummylicious bonus!) 7273042_orig


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