Entries from March 2011 ↓

Guest Post for OnStartups: “The 5 Minute Guide To Cheap Startup Advertising”


Photo by Stephen Poff

I’ve written a guest post for OnStartups titled The 5 Minute Guide To Cheap Startup Advertising. If you have a small ad budget and are trying to find inexpensive clicks online it’s probably worth a read. Learn from my mistakes!

It includes strategies/examples for:

  • Niche advertising
  • Google AdWords
  • Facebook ads
  • StumbleUpon ads
  • Reddit ads

Read the complete article here.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Star Wars, Roll Your Own Linkbait Headline, I’m Speaking in Vancouver, and more…

How to Talk to Your Kids About Star Wars – A must see if you have kids and like The Trilogy. “Jar Jar only kicks the puppies he doesn’t eat, Junior!”

Roll Your Own Linkbait Tech Headline – I never tire of these phrase generators. Some of my favorites from this one include:

  • 5-Year-Old Makes 110K On an Annual Holiday With Clever E-Trade Hack
  • Linus Torvalds Goes Missing For 20 Days
  • Torrent of all Zynga Passwords

Let’s Hang in Vancouver – I’m speaking at the Lean Startup Conference in Vancouver, B.C. May 5th and 6th along with Ash Maurya and the authors of The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development for Tech Startups.

Learn How Google Works in Gory Detail – Quite an infographic on how Google generates north of $20B per year.

Why Startups Fail: An Analysis of Post-Mortems – The top 20 causes of startup failure based on 32 post-mortems.

The Micropreneur Manifesto: How to Stay Solo, Bleed Passion, and Build Products that Matter

Hot off the press: my Micropreneur Manifesto was just published on Change This, a popular platform for spreading ideas. The manifesto is a look at what I believe are 16 key tenets for success as a solo entrepreneur. It’s more of a high-level view than my typical writings, but hopefully it’s worth your while.

The manifesto is free (no email required), 14-pages in PDF, and was generously formatted by the ChangeThis crew.

An excerpt:

At this moment in history, we as entrepreneurs are able to do something never before conceived: launch a product completely on our own, with no employees and no outside funding, from anywhere in the world.

These single founders creating products for niche markets are known by another name: micropreneurs.

Micropreneurs may write software. They might design themes for a blogging platform. They may produce exquisite wedding invitations, or how-to books. Micropreneurs are agile, inspired, independent, knowledge seekers who can’t live with the 9-to-5 status quo.

Download the manifesto here. And if you enjoy it, share some tweet love!

Announcing MicroConf 2011: The (Laser-Focused) Conference for Self-Funded Startups and Single Founders

I’m pleased to go public with something I’ve been working on behind the scenes for quite some time:

MicroConf: The Conference for Self-Funded Startups and Single Founders

Speakers Include

A limited number of discounted pre-release tickets will be available soon.

Who Should Attend?
Anyone launching a startup with no outside funding who wants to hang out with and learn from 225 of today’s leading founders and entrepreneurs.

Sounds Awesome, What Should I Do Next?
If this is up your alley, here are the next two things you’ll want to do:

  1. Sign up to be notified about discounted pre-release tickets at MicroConf.com
  2. Tweet it!

More info to come. I look forward to seeing you in June.