July 25, 2018

Indie Hackers grew to $5,000/month and was acquired in 10 months

I was thinking of ways to generate revenues for content sites the other day. My focus is on interview based sites (for obvious reasons) and I remembered Indie Hackers doing a really good job about it. I thought I read a sort of income report on their site, but I couldn’t find them anymore, since […]

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July 17, 2018

Reward Behaviour, Not Milestones

I was reading recently some article or book about getting off your ass and doing shit. And I remember thinking this: Reward each action you take. Or, better said, reward behaviour. It basically means that whenever you choose a target or a goal, you define the actions you need to take to get you there […]

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June 17, 2018

The Price of Success

Scott Adams once wrote: “One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever heard goes something like this: If you want success, figure out the price, then pay it. It sounds trivial and obvious, but if you unpack the idea it has extraordinary power.” Good quote. From The Psychology of Money.

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July 1, 2017

Be There and Execute the Plan Every Day

One question that I get often from newly startup founders is “How do I set my KPIs? How do I know how much money should I make? How do I know how many visitsI should have?” The answer, this early, is only one: be there every day. The KPIs should be initially related to your […]

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June 9, 2017

Subscription Boxes – A great business model :: Newsletter Spotlight

As you know, I send a weekly newsletter with business articles to read, things I find interesting and similar stuff. One of the best-received emails is this one about subscription boxes. I’m putting it here exactly as it was sent because I think it can be interesting for a lot more people than the hundreds […]

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June 2, 2017

Effective or Efficient, Which One Are You?

A lot of people pride themselves on being efficient. And this is not bad. Unless you’re efficient about the wrong things. Which means you’re not being effective. Take this: you have a business selling a hat. And you devise the most efficient marketing plan for selling the hat. But truth is, the hat is bad. […]

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May 25, 2017

If it’s not “Yes”, look for a fast “No”

The best answer you can get to any business request/proposal is, obviously, “yes!”. But what’s the second best? For a long time, I thought that I wanted to hear at least a “maybe”. Or “let’s talk later”. Or “if you do this thing, I might be interested”. Oh, boy, how wrong I was. If it’s […]

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May 12, 2017

The delusion of investor supported startups

I was reading a Reddit thread the other day. A guy was doing an AMA about his startup and had this to say about it: As a result of this, we are now a pretty rare breed of business as we started with no finance, no VC Funding etc etc, we did it the hard […]

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April 26, 2017

Food for Thought: Over Invested, Less Objective

“Because of the amount of money I’d spent, I felt incredibly invested in making sure the car was always perfect. It made me realize that most rich assholes are just too protective of their stuff.” I’ve found this quote on the okdork blog, in this article. While Noah Kagan talks about buying a $70,000 Jaguar […]

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April 19, 2017

I almost quit MavenHut 6 months after starting it

This post was originally published on Medium Context: I’m in Cork now, mentoring the teams at RebelBio, the BioTech accelerator that SOSV created. And I just talked to the cohort of 2017 about how difficult it is to start and grow a business. And I remembered wanting to quit 6 months after starting MavenHut, the gaming […]

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