Posts Categorized: Slaying Unicorns

How Your “Fuck This!” Moment Changes Everything

“I’m going to write a book.” “I’m going to build a SaaS app.” “I’m going to quit my job and travel the world.” Sound familiar? How often are these statements followed by action — real action? We all know That Guy. We all know people who spend all their time talking about what they want,… Read more »

Oxygen Mask Entrepreneurship

Back when I was 24-25, I told myself that our brand new baby business would be doing $1-2 million a year by the time I turned 30. My 30th birthday is Sunday. Did we make it? Nope. Am I sad? Nope! So, should I then be giving thanks to the overweening power of subconscious self-protection… Read more »

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 »