Topics in ‘Slaying Unicorns’

My secret startup past

I’ve been designing & developing for hire since I was 14. But I almost never write about my past. It’s old hat to me. I’m an always-moving-forward kind of girl. This has led many to assume my strongly opinions on bootstrapping come ex nihilo — or possibly from bitchy sour grapes at being excluded from… Read more »

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 »

Fuck Glory – Startups are One Long Con

I’m in my early 20s. Startups seem to be the only way out of 40 years of mediocrity in TPS-land for me, so I don’t really think I have much of a choice. It’s startups or nothing for me. Or maybe I am being myopic? Are there more options to be had in life than [...] Related posts:

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When Selling Turns You Evil

Does selling make you evil? Am I evil? Wicked? Slightly naughty? Well, am I? Some certainly would have you think so. There’s a lot of people out there who think commerce is evil. The exchange of money for goods and services? Yep, evil. And inherently manipulative. That’s what they believe. It doesn’t matter whether there’s [...]

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, [...]

A Simple Rule for Pricing Newbs Who Got The Fear

Do you want to earn more money? Do you like nice, hard-line advice that you can easily apply without sitting down and having a cup of herbal tea with your feelings? Because for once, I’m not going to faff about trying to teach you the True Nature of Value. That’s another post. Series of posts. [...]

Happy Burnout

It’s Happy! It’s Burnout! It’s… Happy Burnout! (cc sizumaru) I love the controlled chaos of entrepreneurship. I love writing, marketing, scheming, reaching out to people. I’m a pop-outta-bed kinda girl, always looking forward to the big adventure. Except lately. Lately, there are days when I just can’t muster up the energy to choose what to [...]

Don’t bite the shit sandwich

The “startup” world is bursting with bullshit (or, if you prefer, ‘unicorn dust’). There are bullshit peddlers on every blog-corner. They don’t want merely to get you to read. They don’t want merely to sell you their products now and again. They want to sell you on their religion. There are two reasons to sell [...]

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