Archives for April 2011

The 10 People Who Led Me to Success

Although I am young, what you may not know about me is that I have been an entrepreneur for ten years. Looking back, I see that I’ve learned a lot, and, as you already know, I’ve tried to share some of my experiences on this blog.

But what I never talk about are the people who got me to where I am today. Without them, I would not have the entrepreneurial spirit that I have or be nearly as successful as I am today.

These people are the reason I am successful today:  [click to continue…]

How to Create a Popular Blog

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One question that I constantly get asked by you is:

How do you create a popular blog?

The obvious answer is to write really good content. But good content isn’t good enough. When I started blogging five years ago, I had information to share, but I didn’t have many readers.

Fast forward to today, and after having started three blogs and working with other popular blogs like TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Mashable, and Boing Boing, I’ve learned the formula that’ll make any blog (with good content) popular.

Here are the 7 things you need to do:  [click to continue…]

From a notebook to launching a startup – 10 lessons learned from a not so fast company

This is a guest post by Shane Mac. Shane spearheaded marketing at Gist (acquired by Blackberry), and now he’s in charge of marketing at Zaarly. He’s also the founder of Hello There.

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About a year ago, I sat in a coffee shop pitching a new idea to one of the founders of Startup Weekend, Clint Nelson. Never would I have predicted that this one meeting would have such an impact on the next year of my life.

We chatted for almost three hours and actually sketched out an entire product, business model and other ideas that could work.

The entire concept was all on one page of my notebook. Sketches, pricing models, tag lines and even people I should sell it to. I’ve put every idea from notes, books, speeches, and product sketches in an indexed notebook since I read a post by Tim Ferriss two years ago.

This is my best effort to share what it takes to get a (bootstrapped) startup off the ground while also having a full time job. Here are the ups, the downs, the good and the bad. Here is what we learned:

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