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Eric Deal bounces back from a startup shutdown to establish Cyclic Design

Sean Murphy
12/21/2010 01:03 AM EST

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re: Eric Deal bounces back from a startup shutdown to establish Cyclic Design
Eric Deal   2/21/2011 9:20:11 PM
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While the decision to commit to a startup or new venture may be a personal decision, that decision may also have long-term impacts on one's ability to send kids to college, remain happily married, etc. Having a trusted, independent, third party (someone without the rose colored glasses) validate our financial decisions was critical to gaining support from my family and ensuring that the financial stresses of a startup did not carry over into our family lives.

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Robotics Developer   12/28/2010 3:09:03 AM
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The sales aspect of the company Eric describes was a familiar one to many technical sales people. I remember working as technical sales support for an ASIC company sales force it was all about numbers. What I mean is: for even 10 cold calls you get a followup visit, for every 10 followup visit you get to quote on a design opportunity, for every 10 quotes you get a design start, for every 10 design starts you get one device that goes to production. It was about numbers, hard work and persistence! It sounds like Eric did all the right things, good for him!! It is encouraging to know that there are opportunities still for hard working and quick thinking engineers.

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Luis Sanchez   12/26/2010 4:32:41 AM
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What calls my attention is that comment about the best solution not always becoming a business. This lets us know that selling things isn't a straightforward action since it has to do many times in the social skills and the marketing and I think at this many engineers have a difficult time. Very interesting to read how other engineers are starting to become entrepreneurs. It's always encouraging to one. Carry on!

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UdaraW   12/25/2010 6:03:34 AM
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I agree with majority of what Eric has done and said over there. While I appreciate the work he has done in driving Cyclic Design to the state it is today, I have to disagree with Eric Deal on that last point raised in the last sentence over there. Decisions such as how long you can financially afford to pursue a venture, unless in a large scale start-up operation with VC funding, is more or less a personal financial decision. I do not think an engineer needs a financial adviser to evaluate such a decision. If you are smart enough to become an EE, and if you are smarter than the rest of the EEs out there to be able to come up with an idea bright enough to worth a start-up, it sounds little odd that you may need a financial adviser to evaluate your personal financial decisions. We engineers are smart enough to mind our own personal fiances.

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