Posts Categorized: Bootstrapping

From Pain into a Product, a real live coaching session

Five years ago, we launched the very first class that would become 30×500. For the last 3 three years, Alex and I have played the role of heartless gatekeepers: Wanna take 30×500? Great, you have to apply. Not a designer, or a developer? Sorry, friend, but we can’t accept your application at this time. We… Read more »

What a Japanese organizing expert can teach you about your startup

Preamble: When my husband sync’d his Kindle with mine and saw, for the first time, just how many (heretfore invisible) Kindle titles I owned… he literally sputtered. Then he tweeted a screenshot of the ridiculousness. We just enabled Kindle Family Library. I didn't know that @amyhoy's book addiction was that bad.— Thomas Fuchs (@thomasfuchs)… Read more »

Insider peeks: Watch us build the next 30×500

In December, I live-blogged creating an ebook in 24 hours… and the reaction was amazing. Everyone’s always liked my stories, but this? People really loved it. That’s when I realized that it’s one thing to hear a story after the fact… and another entirely to experience it in media res. So, the precedent was set!… Read more »

“Should I support PDF, epub, AND mobi?”

One of our 30×500 Alumni asked this question this morning: “How important is it to support all the different ebook formats (e.g. PDF, epub)?” She knew her comfort in LaTex would let her most easily create a good-looking PDF for her technical ebook. She knew other formats like ePub and mobi would require more work…. Read more »

12 13 of our bootstrapping students to watch in 2015

Happy New Year! Amy and I are going to be publishing our OWN reflections on 2014, but in the mean time, I went ahead and rounded up a collection of 30×500 alumni who we were really impressed by in 2014…many of whom have posted their OWN annual reviews. In no particular order, here are 5 6 annual reviews from some of…