Topics in ‘startups’

Second-Hand Tales from the Startup Trenches: The Bitter Truth

There was a time when I was at the cutting edge of our industry. I got in on Ruby on Rails, and the Javascript revival, at nearly the ground floor, and worked with some of the biggest people in the PHP community before that. Because I wrote and taught and talked, I was moderately famous [...]

Shameless Self-Promotion, Beautiful Unique Snowflakes, & Extra Nose Syndrome

Popular opinion among smart, skilled, hard-working people seems to go something like this: Something is wrong with a society/world that values and rewards outgoing people, who talk up their strengths, over good or even great people who do not. Ah, self-promotion. Is there any other skill in the world of which smart, skilled, hard-working people […]

My 7 Principles of Shipping

So! Two days ago, Alex and I launched our Get Off Your Butt And Launch Your First Paying Product online course! If you were one of the 546 brilliant and thrify people on my Advance Discount List, you would have received a hefty ($100) discount by now, right to your inbox. If you didn’t, well, […]

Pimp your JS Workflow & more

Update! Forgot to add this one to the list below: Wanna kick some interface designing butt? Hit the stacks!, wherein yours truly gets overly excited about research papers. But in a useful way. Happy Friday, sports racers! I know I’ve been neglecting you, but no more. Look, I brought you flowers! cc lepiaf.geo Aren’t they […]

The Elephant Is Not Its Trunk — And other reasons to stop fooling yourself, and start marketing

An elephant is long, limber, and slightly tapered. Like a giant roll of cookie dough, but with fewer chocolate chips and a lot more muscles! And an insatiable appetite for peanuts! Imagine somebody came up to you on the street and announced this proudly to you.  What would you think of them? Let me take […]

Jump Start *Your* Year of Hustle – Weekend Workshop

I’ve been thinking a lot about my Year of Hustle (thus the posts, and the tweets). I’ve been making notes of stories, and thoughts, and lessons, and results to share for months. Last week I had the crazy idea to do a live, 3-hour workshop for those who want to make their own Year of […]

Reductio ad Absurdum

Owning an expensive camera does not a photographer make. Knowing how to annotate music does not a composer make. Having a fancy journal does not a writer make. Being good at CSS does not a designer make (nor does CSS make anything beautiful). Being able to write HTML does not a user interface expert make […]

Podcast & Book

This post is all about the shameless self-promotion, so be warned! Podcast Yesterday I had the honor of being podcast-interviewed by Geoffrey Grosenbach of TopFunky and Ruby on Rails Podcast fame. You can download it, as well as other recent podcasty goodness, here (temporary URL… they’re waiting on DNS changes to go through). It’s nearly […]

Announcing CrossPod

CrossPod is a project I’m helping with, dreamed up by my very good friend Chris Cornutt. It’s a service to help people upload and share short audio clips (promos) for others to use in their podcasts or other periodic audio content. It’s a non-sleazy way to promote yourself while sharing a bit of your expertise, […]

fun times & startup launches

Ahhh, there’s nothing like that new startup smell. And unlike the new car smell, it’s not carcinogenic (at least, not that I’m aware of). A project I’ve been working on for the past three months has launched, and it’s rocketed up to #1 on delicious. I keep having friends join IRC channels I frequent, or […]

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