Posts Categorized: Hard Work

Mojito Island & Entreporn, Revisited

This article is about Entreporn and Mojito Island, and the emotionally manipulative fantasy narratives of “success.” Entreporn is a word I coined, on this podcast. Mojito Island is another term of art that you might want to know, coined by DHH himself. Without further ado… If you ever wanted to understand the startup media through… Read more »

Fuck “Innovation” 2: Time is a Line, You Guys!

I’m writing this on Friday at 8pm. Slightly soused, if you must know. Just a scant 2 hours ago, Alex and I wrapped up our infamous 30×500 Bootcamp, 7 (really 8) hours a day, two days in a row. Yes, the lessons are pre-recorded, but the homework critique, the guidance, the Q&A? Totally live. Then… Read more »

Fuck Innovation, Everything We Have Now is Shit

In a product sense, the last couple weeks have sucked. I keep trying to buy simple things that literally have one job and finding that it’s impossible to get something that works, in order of complexity: a gantt chart flow-planning tool a clear glass beverage dispenser to hold iced coffee at BaconBizConf clip magnets I… Read more »

Why you have to develop an Investment Mindset

Nobody wants to fail. Not really. Sure, failure is better than not trying at all… but success is better than failure. After 4 years of teaching designers & developers to make their first product dollar, Alex and I have seen every kind of failure, from failure to start at all, to failure to pull the… Read more »

How do you market a product that’s for everyone?

When you set out to start a product business… you pick a fight with entropy. And entropy usually wins. The default result is failure. If you’re sane, you know it. You’re scared by it. You act anyway, but that fear is always there. Unfortunately the most natural response to fear is to try to decrease your… Read more »

Get your free 7-part guide for bootstrapping in 2014

Hey y’all! So, we’re ramping up for the next 30×500… and what better way than to send our lovely readers useful, actionable, sparkle-unicorn-farts-free lessons to help you get started? To that end, why not sign up for our (again, free) 7-part series? You’ll learn… How you can go from zero to your first Tiny Product… Read more »

Don’t Fave This Post: How to REALLY Launch in 2014

God knows it’s popular to snark about the very idea of New Year’s resolutions. And the snark is aaaaaall true. Those new sneakers aren’t going to exercise themselves. But there’s still something magical about transitions. They put things in perspective, at least temporarily. 11:59 pm on New Year’s Eve can be like a graduation, or… Read more »