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The hardest part of building a startup isn’t coding, marketing, building the web site, finding your market, defining your product, raising seed money, raising equity money, getting press attention, building a Twitter or Facebook or Google+ following, finding a URL, setting up a VPS, getting approved by Apple, finding a co-founder, making a YouTube video, writing marketing copy, building a blog, deploying to your server, scaling your servers, managing your cashflow, doing your business taxes,…

Charles Holbert over at Killer Infographics shared with me one of his agency’s new graphics I found interesting, “The Ten Biggest Entrepreneurs of 2011 under 30.” Being considerably older than 30, I have to admit my first reaction was not unbounded joy and happiness. I don’t know about you, but I tend to with each story I read about a startup getting funded, sold, etc. feel a sharp pain right around my ego. But as…

Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could take a class in how to build your startup, from a world known authority, at one of the best colleges in the world, for free? That’s exactly what you can get from Steve Blank, at Stanford University, starting in February. The Lean Launchpad, also know as Engineering 245, is an online class with free enrollment. That’s right, for the price of your email address and name, you can…

Derek Sivers nailed it. So what’s the value of an idea? Well, it does have some value, but it’s really a multiplier for execution. Say ideas are worth 1 to 20. 1 to 20 what? 1 to 20 as ideas in and by themselves. Not exactly enough to retire on, right? Now do something with that idea. Make it real. Execute on it. Even if your execution is crappy, you will actually have something. Here’s…

Of the Zone I mean. You’ve heard about it over and over, but here is the best description I’ve read (Thanks Rands!): Let’s talk about the Zone once more. You’re either sitting down with your computer to futz around with something or you’re attempting to get in the Zone. This is that magical place where you’ve managed to fit the entire context of your current project in your head. With all this content in there,…

But I could use 20 seconds of your help. Do either of these HD YouTube vids play for you? After Iain’s killer post I decide to take a cannonball jump into video. Blame Iain 🙂 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkEqVPmupLY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gITrCFCDUC Thanks! You should get over the shock with a few deep breaths. (An aside: if you run a WordPress site (and who doesn’t?), check out http://pippity.com/ very very nice, and two! updates since launch a week ago.)…

Hopefully you’ve had a more productive day than I have. I knew exactly what I had to do today for my startup, and yet I found all sorts of things to do instead. I’ve come to the opinion most of the time most people know exactly what they should be doing to finish their software, build their business, make something, love somebody. But it’s as scary as walking across a room full of hissing, crawling…

First off, a hardy thanks to those who commented on this post, or tweeted, or emailed, or IM’ed, or called. Like the song says, I get by with a little help from my friends… Speaking of help, if you need to kick your web site into a higher gear, you could do worse than attend AppSumo’s Action Class today at noon, PST. Your’s truly will be critiquing the sites of nine brave volunteers already picked. I think it…

I’d like ask you to do one small thing. Not for me – for you. Right now buy Seth Godin’s about-to-be-unleashed Poke the Box (Kindle version). While it still in experimental pre-release the bigger the buzz, the lower the price mode and it costs one buck. Don’t cycle through all the old lame excuses – He’s a marketer, he wears funny glasses, he doesn’t understand all the work I have to, how hard it is…

If you are wondering what the big deal is about Seth Godin’s Domino Project, watch this video: While the factory machinery, Linotype machines and such are gone, the process is just as mechanical and industrial today as 60 years ago. If that sounds as crazy as building and selling a “car” that’s a mechanical horse pulling a metal cart controlled with wire reins, you’re right. By the way, if you know who Seth Godin is,…