Hey there! I'm writing this from a beach bar on the island of Cebu in the Philippines, with a view of azure water just over the tip of my straw.
It's okay to hate me right now, because I currently don't care. 😉
I'm here with a bunch of incredibly smart entrepreneurs, and although the 20-hour flight home is going to be tough, I'll be working on the plane thanks to some fantastic new ideas. Props to Chris Ducker for putting on a truly exceptional event.
Good stuff to chew on this week, including a podcast discussion about the occasional downside of one of my favorite business strategies … partnering. Hope you're well, and things should be (relatively) back to normal for me next week.
Keep going –
How an Obscure Little Niche Led to a Profitable Online Course
Are you aware of the art and business of hand lettering? I wasn’t before this conversation. And who knew there was such demand to learn this skill – and how to make a business of it – that a profitable online course could be developed around the topic?
When Collaboration is the Wrong Choice for Startups
This is a chat with Tracy Osborn – designer, developer, and the founder of WeddingLovely. She taught herself to code in order to launch WeddingLovely and runs all design, development, and marketing … but she originally thought she needed a co-founder.
We can’t simply will bad feelings to stop existing. What we can do is act in spite of these negative feelings. We can take those fears, those worries, those doubts and move forward anyway.
Here’s how Wistia, a video hosting and marketing platform, aligned their marketing to a mission, and how you can do the same thing with your team.
Usually we talk about tech that helps you run and grow your business. But I thought this was fairly profound, and it's a topic we cover when looking forward at the world of work. If you're already making it outside of traditional employment, you're in better shape than plenty of others.
A meaty summary of the book Why Killer Products Don’t Sell by Ian Gotts and Dominic Roswell. It deals with two of the common reasons new products don't perform as anticipated for businesses.
Digital transformation is not only redefining how we connect with customers, it's redefining our business models, the way we deliver value, and how we make money.
Dealing with complainers and haters in social media can, of course, be tricky. What you need is a framework for how to do it right. This is that framework.
After years of VC and angel mania, it seems some sanity is returning to the startup world. And by sanity, I mean entrepreneurs saying no to investors and embracing the benefits of bootstrapping.
For the owner of an early-stage startup, it may seem impossible to find great legal representation when a strict budget simply won’t allow for it — but skimping on legal due diligence can be equally problematic.
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