Four years ago: Here’s the problem: I, like many people I know, drive too many places all alone in my car. One person in a three ton metal vehicle that could easily transport five. To move all of that mass around, with such unused, waste internal space, is an inefficient use of energy. Here’s one […]
I like to think of funded startups vs. bootstrapped web sites like the split between signed and unsigned bands.
Think about what a band has to do if they sign with a major label. They write music, perform/record it, and play it. Now think about people like Prince, Aimee Mann, etc. that do every single aspect of their music themselves. They have to create and record and distribute music, but also book tours and hotels and hire roadies and even oversee building websites. On the positive side, those going their own way talk about making more money from lower record sales than they did on a label, even though they do a significant amount of work.
So it’s a lot of work, but I would argue it’s totally appropriate for anything that isn’t a huge world-changing idea. And there are a lot of benefits that come from it.
When I look around the world, the businesses that dominate don’t seem to be the ones that formed around process as a rallying cry. Rather, they adapted processes to bolster world-changing, market-creating ideas. The world doesn’t need a lean startup, or a developed customer, or a REWORK’d business; it needs solutions to problems, magic where previously there was darkness. How that magic happens is interesting and maybe even useful as a basis for other people running businesses to compare to, but it’s not a recipe for success.
Alex Payne — On Business Madness
Tech Wizards of the Silicon Forest. Great profiles of what’s being worked on in Portland.
David Heinemeier Hansson: Groupon has filed its S-1 and hopes to raise $750M in its initial public offering. Given they’re currently losing a staggering $117M per quarter, despite revenues of $644M, they’ll be burning through that cash almost as soon as it hits their account. At the moment, it’s costing them $1.43 to make $1, […]
Startups: Not for the faint of heart. Pro consulting on the side until your bootstrap revenues are sufficient.
Startup vs. Company. Spencer Fry: “Startups are easy. Companies are hard.” I feel this way too.
My new crazy idea: Startup time. Lauren’s thinking about starting a digital news organization in Porterville, California.
Painless Functional Specifications. Why you should write functional specs, according to Joel Spolsky. Excellent series from all the way back in year two triple zero. Read part two, part three and part four as well.
Why Startups Fail: An Analysis of Post-Mortems. Valuable insights and possibilities to consider.