Posts Categorized: Slaying Unicorns

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, 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 »

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 »

Trying to sell Nourishing Gruel?

Enjoy this time-honored recipe, beloved of new business people: Take 1 awesome, adjective-rich person. Drop into a bowl of potential customers. Fold in a generous dollop of desperation Toss in any other ingredients you have on hand. Puree until bland and consistent. Serves 4, but don’t expect ‘em to get excited about it. On paper,… Read more »

Happy Burnout

It’s Happy! It’s Burnout! It’s… Happy Burnout! (cc sizumaru) I love the controlled chaos of entrepreneurship. I love writing, marketing, scheming, reaching out to people. I’m a pop-outta-bed kinda girl, always looking forward to the big adventure. Except lately. Lately, there are days when I just can’t muster up the energy to choose what to… Read more »

Don’t bite the shit sandwich

The “startup” world is bursting with bullshit (or, if you prefer, ‘unicorn dust’). There are bullshit peddlers on every blog-corner. They don’t want merely to get you to read. They don’t want merely to sell you their products now and again. They want to sell you on their religion. There are two reasons to sell… Read more »