Entries from July 2009 ↓

Startup Marketing Advice, “Failure,” Things I Learned the Hard Way, and more…

Startup Marketing Advice from Balsamiq Studio – With the startup success he’s achieved in the past 18 months, Peldi seems to know what he’s doing.

Hierarchy of the Successful Independent Software Developer – Freelancer -> Consultant -> MicroISV -> Micropreneur.

“Failure” Nike Commercial – “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

Things I Learned the Hard Way – Several related posts from Derek Powazek. Titles include Unsolicited Advice is a Valuable Clue, Save the Touchy-Feely for the Redwoods, Someone’s Always Listening and Never Piss Off the Sound Guy.

The Funniest Amazon Reviews Ever – 1,255 of them.

“The Office” ERP Parody – An exceptional parody of the British version of The Office. For a while I was trying to figure out if some of the actors were from the original series.

Transitioning from Developer to Software Entrepreneur

You’ve probably realized by now that software development and entrepreneurship are two very different things. Software development is a tiny subset of the skills an entrepreneur needs to launch and operate a successful software or web startup.

If you’ve been writing code for years you’ve likely formed opinions that don’t quite hold true in the world of entrepreneurship. This lesson covers a handful of realizations that you will come to at some point during your transition from developer to entrepreneur.

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The Future of the Web is Small, Academic Earth, Beatles Rock Band, Top Developer Blogs, et al.

The Future of the Web is Small – A case for Micropreneurship.

Top 200 Blogs for Developers – I’ve moved from 40 to 88. I need to increase my posting schedule.

Paymo Time Tracking – A well-designed, free time tracking app with one of the coolest screenshot galleries I’ve seen.

Academic Earth – Video lectures, mostly math, science and entrepreneurship from Berkeley, Harvard, MIT, NIH, Princeton, Stanford and Yale.

Cool Lip Dub – Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger – The startup life. “We did this video one night after work. We are a company called Connected Ventures, a group of friends who work for: Vimeo, CollegeHumor, Busted Tees, and Defunker.”

The Beatles: Rock Band – 09.09.09. ‘Nuff said.

Two Must-Read Books for Micropreneurs

The Web Startup Success Guide

Bob Walsh’s new book The Web Startup Success Guide comes out next week.

This book is for software developers who want to start successful web businesses and includes interviews with Joel Spolsky, Eric Sink, Guy Kawasaki, and David Allen. The book covers everything from viral marketing to pricing to alternatives to traditional business structures.

And smack dab in chapter 4 there’s a review of our very own Micropreneur Academy.

The release date is July 20, but you can pre-order your copy today.

Escape from Cubicle Nation

I picked up Pamela Slim’s book Escape from Cubicle Nation a few weeks ago. It’s an in-depth look at the process of moving from a salaried position into entrepreneurship.

Several chapters rang true with my experience, namely the ones with great titles like:

  • I have a fancy title, steady paycheck, & good benefits. Why am I so miserable?
  • If it is so bad, then why am I so afraid to leave?

Pamela is a long-timer blogger and in this book she continues to do an excellent job of exploring the mental and logistical hurdles one faces as you leave corporate employment for the wide open spaces of entrepreneurship.

One of the Most Time Consuming Startup Roadblocks

This post is an excerpt from the Micropreneur Academy, an online learning environment designed to get one-person web startups from zero to launch in four months.

You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned

I’m in the process of buying a house. The listing for the house we made an offer on last week has 45 digital photos that I would like to share with family and friends, but they are hidden behind a questionable JavaScript interface.

Using my advanced knowledge of web hackery (i.e. View Source), I grabbed the list of each image URL and put them in a text file. And the following ten seconds made a huge difference in how I spent the next 20 minutes of my day.

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