Posts Categorized: Ideology

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 »

Validation is backwards

If Startuplandia had a bible, you might guess it was The Lean Startup. And credit to Eric Ries where credit is due – he’s managed to get the masses hooked on his book’s hopeful vocabulary: Validation, Pivots, and Minimum Viable Products, oh my. Really, Eric’s reach is tremendous: I remember when a close friend of… Read more »

4 economic facts that say “bootstrap now”

Fact: Since 1970, virtually every penny gained through productivity has ended up in the pockets of capital, rather than labor: — New York Times Fact: While profits are up 44.7%, incomes are up only 3.9% since 2007. — New York Times Fact: Tech workers are not immune. Over 1 million tech & creative workers have… 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 »

Fuck features you “have to have”

Photo Credit: eric Hews When we ran BaconBizConf, here’s just a smattering of the “crucial features” we left out: badges goodie (aka junk) bags a conference hotel multiple tracks a green room a hallway track (or even a hallway) a stage projectors (we used a big TV) wifi (yes, really, we offered no wifi) more… Read more »

The Psychological Self-Torture and Bootstrapping Podcast!

OK, so that title is a little bit of linkbait. Just a little bit. But, contrary to popular opinion, building software is easy… building a business is hard. The hardest parts are the least obvious. That’s what Justin Jackson and I talked about yesterday: the psychology, the mechanics, and my war stories from bootstrapping. Specific… Read more »

21 Lessons Learned from 16 Years of Hustling

Today I turned 27. For whatever reason, this feels like an important birthday. And it has been one helluva year, with huge changes (good and bad) that I’m still only now coming to terms with. While reflecting (and all that touchy-feely jazz), I realized something: Just how long I’ve been at this, the project of… Read more »