I sent a package to myself from Alexandria VA to Fredericksburg VA yesterday via FedEx standard overnight. It’s currently in Indianapolis IN and will be here this afternoon. It’s traveling about 1200 miles to be delivered to an address 40 miles from the originating address.
Read. Mull, then act:
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So you’ve done it. You quit your job and are working 18 hour days on a new venture. It’s great, you’re doing what you want, you’re scared and excited. It’s great.
You add some people to help. They are a virtual team because the best people out there don’t have to move to be part of the team and you want the best.
Then you loose your original vision in feature creep.
18 months later, you have a bloated product that doesn’t really do anything and is 12 months from ever shipping.
I thought so.
I’ve done a number of startups. Some succeeded, some went down in a pile of flaming crap. All were worth it. Here’s what I learned. Okay here’s a few things of the 10 bazillion lessons I learned.
- To succeed you must lead these people you brought in. It’s your vision, keep them on your vision. They wont know how to do it. You can’t say “work on what you want”.
- No whining. If you whine, the people who work for you will whine to each other. And yes, they’ll be whining about you.
- People are not going to get it. You will have to cram it down their throats. Get a few poeple to LOVE it and they’ll tell all of their friends, who will tell all of… Once a few people get it, it may just explode into a viral phenominion that will have you calling me to figure your how the heck you’re going to scale this sucker.
- Keep it simple. Period. It doesn’t need that new feature for people to use it. Your sales guy is making an excuse because he doesn’t know how to sell.
- Stop having meetings. Or do what google does and limit meetings to XX number of minutes. Say it and get back to work.
- Lead from the front, not from the back with a whip.
Imapenguin is looking for summer interns
For a geek, I’m not much of a gamer. I have a PS/3 that my son plays.
Today, I found DEFCON for the mac. I’m obsessed.
Would you like to play a game?
How about global thermonuclear war?
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Check it out at LondonFreelance. It’s in pounds, but you can convert.
I was sitting with someone yesterday who knows I’m an avid reader and asked what my “favorite” books are. Well, there’s like 100, but here’s my must read shortlist:
- On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins. This is hands down the most fascinating book I’ve read in years.
- Small is the new big by Seth Godin
- Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston
- The Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori by Mark Ravina
- My Job Went To India and All I got was this lousy book by Chad Fowler
- Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell
- Reagan: A life in letters Kiron K Skinner
- Enders Game by Orsen Scott Card. Just read it, you’ll see.
- Foundation by Isaac Asimov
- The Positronic Man by Issac Asimov
- Geek Mafia by Rick Dakan
- Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson
- Cryptonomicon by Neil Stephenson
- The Precipice by Ben Bova
There’s more, but that should keep you busy for a while 🙂