Topics in ‘Bootstrapping’

So, you’ve got some Safari and ebombs. Now what?

ebomb, n – our special 30×500 term for actionable educational content marketing. Yeah, cuz that’s a mouthful. So drop a knowledge bomb on ‘em. Ebomb ‘em. “So, I took the 30×500 Bootcamp in November of 2013 and learned a lot. The main thing that stuck out in my mind as this Giant To-Do was the… Read more »

“I just need someone to hold me accountable.”

“I just need someone to hold me accountable.” “If only there was a community where I could get advice…” “Let me tell you my plan…” Have these phrases ever passed your lips? And then you failed to execute your plan take action on the advice you received, or be accountable? I’m going to assume the… Read more »

VIDEO: Failure vs Creating a product people want to buy

Newsflash: Lean Startup and Customer Development are inherently broken. If you ask me, the whole process is functionally bankrupt. Why? Let me answer your question with a pair of questions: Why do you create good things… but nobody buys? Worse: Why do you feel the thrill of a great idea, then get stuck before you… Read more »

“I had a product. But having a product wasn’t enough to be a success.”

Jim Gay is a busy dad. A REALLY busy dad, with 4 kids. He started thinking about switching from consulting to a product business so he could spend more time with his family…because he was tired of working endless, stressful hours to pay the bills. He built a product – the obvious next step for… Read more »

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 »

I used to suck at shipping.

Are you a procrastinator? Do you have a list of unfinished (or unstarted) projects as long as your arm? Don’t feel bad about it. Do something about it. People often marvel at the amount of shit I manage to get done. Me! With a part-time effort, because I am so often ill and juggling two… 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

Guest Post: “No excuses left, this year I get serious”

This is a guest post from 30×500 alumni Lori Olson. Lori’s been in the 30×500 community since the verrrrry beginning – she joined our original Year of Hustle course back in 2010, our precursor to 30×500. Over the weekend Lori emailed our legacy alumni google group with something that caught our eye, and we wanted… Read more »

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