Why Accelerators Matter
(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – So I’m wrapping up a week-long accelerator program today: our pitch deck has been creatively destroyed over and over, we’ve made our pitch to a room of investors (both Angels and VCs), and in a couple of hours (New Mexico time) we will learn if we placed in the money among […]
Are your customers in enough pain?
Let me let you in on a little startup secret: you want your prospective customers in pain. Lots of pain. Really suffering, like if their hands were being held over an open fire and the flames were starting to make their skin blister, blacken and burn. Now, I basically a nice guy and don’t want […]
Rails Composer and Daniel Kehoe – well worth supporting!
Well, this Sunday evening was going to be the “official” launch of my brand-new side project, startupsuccessplanner.com. Like every rails app I’ve started in the past 3 years I was going to go start by going over to railsapp.com where Daniel Kehoe has been tirelessly making life immeasurably easier for people like me. Rails tutorials, like […]
Losing your Productivity Religion.
Short Version: Current Task List Managers regardless of platform are fatally flawed. They churn out one-size-fits-all tasks in a never-ending assembly line from Hell, faster and faster, until the whole edifice comes crashing down on your head. I don’t want to build Yet Another Productivity App (YAPA) – even if that means pouring ten times more […]
Join fizzle.co now.
Continuing my experiments to make myself a better solopreneur, I’ve joined and started participating in fizzle.co – and so should you. My first reaction to fizzle was skepticism – what, another online course that will make me all better? Been there, done that. But I decided to join anyway since being out here in rural […]
But seriously, folks…
Sometimes we developers take ourselves so seriously – these guys don’t. That in itself makes scrumy.com worth a look. While I’ve pretty much settled on Pivotal Tracker as I (painfully) change from unAgile to Agile, reading Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland (creator of Scrum) has […]
Start every day with a line of code.
I’m going to try an experiment: identify and implement 1 small habit each Monday that makes me a better solopreneur, and report the results back here. This week: Start the day with a line of Code. [ update on Friday; December 5, 2014 – this has been hit or miss for me; been distracted getting […]
An interesting Amazon innovation
I just saw something I never expected to see again: a mailman delivering a big heavy box to my doorstep on a Sunday afternoon. Seems Amazon has started using the USPS for big box deliveries seven days a week, at least here in California. I’m hoping this marks a revitalization of the USPS who […]
Comparing yourself to startups when you’re a solopreneur
One of the hardest aspects of being a solopreneur is dealing with the emotional impact of all those startups who, unlike you, seem to live on Easy Street. You hear about an app like Yo that sends just those characters to someone else raising $1.5 million on a valuation of $10 million and you ask […]
Big Screen Sublime Text 3 – Cobalt2 theme is awesome.
I happen to fall in the “there’s no such thing as too much screen” camp when it comes to writing code, which is why my setup is a iMac 27-inch with a Apple 27-inch display on one side and a cheapie HDMI screen on the other. And given I’m not in my twenties by a […]