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My New Podcast Launched Yesterday, It’s Called “Zen Founder”


My new podcast launched yesterday. It’s called Zen Founder, and it’s focused on finding the balance between startups, relationships, and life.

I co-host it with my wife Sherry, a clinical psychologist, and the first 4 episodes are ripe with discussion about:

  • How to stay sane while starting up
  • How to structure an annual retreat
  • How to punch procrastination in the face
  • How to deal with depression and setbacks

Listen on the web here

Or subscribe in iTunes here

If you use a podcatcher such as Downcast or Stitcher, it should be available by searching for “Zen Founder.”

Give it a listen and let me know what you think. If you enjoy it, would be a huge help if you’d give it a shout on Twitter.

ISVcon is Almost Here, the Terror of Starting Something New, Talking to Customers, and more…

ISVcon in Reno July 13-15 – Let’s hang in Reno in a couple weeks! Probably my last speaking gig of the season.

Find Joy in the Terror of Starting Something New – The terror of firsts is alive and well. We’re all scared of doing something for the first time. You have to get over it and do it anyway.

Talking to Customers: What a Concept – Cool post by Startup Success’s Pat Foley on how to start talking to customers before you build your product.

Fix the U.S. Patent System – via @spolsky, “The EFF’s new position on software patents is very good; if these rules were adopted, it will eliminate patent trolls.”

From programming to business: Lesson 0 – Some good takeaways: don’t ignore sales and marketing, business is about people, and you can’t be good at everything.

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.

A Micropreneur Blueprint: How to Stay Solo, Bleed Passion, and Build Products that Matter

The internet has created an unprecedented opportunity for solo technologists known as micropreneurs to conceptualize, create, and launch products that make a difference.

It wasn’t until the past decade that a designer or developer could leave the safety of a salaried position in pursuit of a career as a solo entrepreneur. At this moment in time, you can do something never before imagined: launch a software product completely on your own from anywhere in the world…with no employees and no outside funding.

That’s an excerpt from a manifesto I have in the works called A Micropreneur Blueprint: How to Stay Solo, Bleed Passion, and Build Products that Matter. But I need your help to get it published.

If you want to read the manifesto and don’t want to bother with the rest of this post, simply go here and click “Yes, please write this manifesto.” You don’t even need to register.

The idea for ChangeThis came from Seth Godin, and the site was built by a group of talented developers in 2004. From their FAQ:

ChangeThis is a new kind of media. It’s calm and thoughtful and direct and transparent. And unlike almost every other form of media, it reaches people through community. If an idea is a good one, it’ll spread, because people like you will send it to their friends. Unlike a broadcaster, we’re not using FCC frequencies to send our ideas to people who don’t want to hear them.

Each month a set of manifestos are submitted, vetted by the editorial staff, then voted on by the community. The top 6 are given the green light.

At this point my proposal has been vetted by the editors, and the community vote is on. According to the ChangeThis rules, it’s perfectly acceptable to encourage people to vote for your manifesto.

So there you have it. If you like the idea of reading a manifesto called A Micropreneur Blueprint: How to Stay Solo, Bleed Passion, and Build Products that Matter go here and click “Yes, please write this manifesto.”

You don’t even need to register.