Topics in ‘Thinking like a Slayer’

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 »

Is bad copy killing your product?

This is a horror story. This is a story about the lurking, creeping horror of killer copy. Not the good kind of “killer” — no, not dope or sick or totally bad — but the kind that murders your ambitions in their cradle. Spoilers: This horror story has a happy ending. And if you watch… Read more »

Startup Escape Plan: How to free up time, energy & money to build your future

When you stop working for the day, have you really gotten anywhere? Will the hours that you spent today still be paying off for you next week, next month, next year? If your answer is “No,” then you’re probably here because you’re somewhere on the left side of this spectrum: But you want to be… Read more »

Curing the Lie of the Big Win (and the Big Fail)

We’re surrounded by the stories — the mytharc, if you will — of The Big Win. (Also the Big Fail.) “Twitter succeeded because…” “I failed because…” I’m here to tell you: That’s largely a load of crap. If you want to know why — and if you want to know how I succeed at so […]

Scary Things I’ve Done That Could Have Killed My Business (& Some I’m Gonna Do)

Today’s a Sunday. That means I spent >90 minutes on Campfire with my 30×500 students, answering questions, talking about biz and shootin’ the shit. Today, I wanted to get my students’ opinions on some changes I’m making for the next 30×500. I’m always trying to increase the number of students who stick with it all […]

You Are So Damn Lucky – Stop Blaming Your Family, Your Friends, & Your Society & Get Off Your Ass

I’ve traveled the world. Well, quite a few parts of it, anyway. Enough to see a pattern, certainly. First of all, everybody, everywhere, is convinced that their countrymen are the worst drivers in the world. And… Everybody, everywhere, is convinced that their country/city/family is the worst environment for creating a great business. In Austria, people […]

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5 Big Nasty Fears Keeping You on the Hamster Wheel

Hourly work. Salaried work. You know that these are not the path to financial freedom, cuz the minute you stop working, you stop earning. You’re stuck on the hamster wheel, running as fast as your little legs can take you… and getting nowhere. And it sucks. You know that the best way to get the […]

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Is it Hard? Or Do You Just Don’ Wanna

Is building a product hard? Maybe. Which part of it? Committing to a schedule, doing the research, and serving a need that actually exists? Is that hard? Is reading books and forums hard? Is tabulating common themes in a spreadsheet hard? Is revisiting it twice a week hard? No, that’s not hard. That’s don’t wanna. […]

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 […]

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