“Trifles make perfection, but perfection is no trifle.” – Michelangelo
Given the right (or wrong) conditions both Eugene Chen and I, the co-founders of Firenest, are perfectionists. This is something we weren’t aware of until we were well into working together, and it had both good and bad effects. This combined with equal doses of stubbornness led to long and intense discussions on the smallest points of design or user experience. We could waste an entire afternoon debating the position of a link. The most disappointing part of this was the realization that our obsession with details in itself wasn’t the problem, but that we focused it in the wrong places.
“All marriages are happy. It’s the living together afterward that causes all the trouble. ” – Raymond Hull
It’s not so much that I don’t like the idea behind startup weekends. Getting people excited about entrepreneurship and creation is great, and I see the value in providing those thinking about taking the plunge into the startup world an opportunity to try their hands at it. The problem is that the name “startup weekend” suggests that the weekends are about startups, when really they are about products. They present an opportunity to try and build a product over a weekend, but the reality is that building a startup is something that takes much more time, effort, and sweat.
“Everything in moderation, including moderation.” – Oscar Wilde
One of the things I’ve struggled with since I started getting involved in technology startups is figuring out my strategy for staying up to date with technology news. This week I’ve been busy at MicroConf and travelling, and my google reader unread count right now is sitting at 1000+. If I spent 30 seconds to read each one of those posts, that would be over 8 hours straight of reading.
The first ever MicroConf 2011 wrapped up yesterday, and I got great value for my money. What I learned would have made a big difference to our execution at Firenest, and will definitely impact the way I run my next business. I did a highlight post from the first day of the conference here, and have listed my highlights from the second day below.
I’m at the first ever MicroConf in Las Vegas being hosted by Rob Walling and Mike Taber. The first day of speakers was incredible and I’m eagerly looking forward to the second. My mind is reeling and it’s going to take me a while to digest all the concepts thrown at us. I could never capture even a fraction of the content sent our way, but I thought I would share a key idea that resonated with me from each speaker.
“Go big or go home!” – Snowboarders everywhere
Snowboarders love to yell that. It inspires a peer pressure provoked confidence that pushes you to more aggressive runs. Runs’s that by the bottom will either seem like a great idea or a horrible one. Runs’s that promise one thing; you won’t be ambivalent.