💪 And we're down to the last 48 hours until the biggest live-streamed startup event hosted by @thepatwalls & @shipstreams kicks off!
With this, let's get motivated with some curated readings & posts by fellow #24hrstartup participants & indie makers. Check them out below!
@makersup's takeaway - Makers love possibilities, the joy of building. Any aspiring maker should experience the end of lurking on forums & reading @wip's to-dos.
More at: https://t.co/zYKVZEq8aq
Creating a list of @women_make_ members participating in the #24hrstartup challenge this weekend \u2013 please let me know if I missed anyone! \U0001f469\u200d\U0001f4bb #womenmake pic.twitter.com/Kh7O7fKv7h— \U0001d400\U0001d427\U0001d427\U0001d41e-\U0001d40b\U0001d41a\U0001d42e\U0001d42b\U0001d41e \U0001d40b\U0001d41e \U0001d402\U0001d42e\U0001d427\U0001d41f\U0001d41f (@anthilemoon) November 14, 2018
Check out @ProductHunt's guide to launching at: https://t.co/VB6WgGx6sa.
In addition, it would be wise to prepare for the launch. Fine tune your assets and post at https://t.co/E7EcJ9CaSW!
Launching isn't easy, but know what you'll be facing even before coding. Check out @thepatwalls' "words of shipping" at:
Get some tips and motivation from @anthilemoon's blog post about how she wrote an e-book in 1 month and sold 130+ copies in 1 week!
Check it out at: https://t.co/s7MF8Gyzk9.
🚢 We'll continue to expand this thread as we run into more motivational stories, and inspirational blog posts that will help you #24hrstartup participants to ship, ship, ship!
Check out his live-stream for @KanbanMail's launch on @ProductHunt!
Part 1 https://t.co/I7AoXSI6Cd &
Part 2 https://t.co/7PMcyARRAR &
Part 3 https://t.co/x2ShY8pys9
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1. Synchronous meetings only for p0 and p1 items
All meetings should be 25 minutes by default with the ability to extend by 15 minutes if necessary.
Each meeting should have a clear agenda that outlines its context, asks, action items, etc.
Meetings should be brief & impactful
2. Asynchronous for everything else
- Stand ups
- Project demos / updates
- Design / Eng handoffs
- Documentation walkthrough
A simple flowchart for meetings:
3. Strive for 90% focused work / 10% meeting & sync time
- No meetings on Tues & Thurs
- Encourage turning off Slack & distracting notifications
- Track your time to better understand your distractions
- Buy your team a copy of Deep Work & Getting Things Done
4. No recurring meetings
Recurring meetings are a productivity killer. Try to avoid them when possible.
Instead, assess whether a follow-up meeting is needed at the end of each meeting.
Drop some questions in there! Happy to answer anything, esp around building side projects with a full-time job :)
My high level plans for Starter Story.
On almost quitting
@daviswbaer How I find so many businesses to interview
@daviswbaer On balancing different projects
Hence the growing popularity of the no-code software.
A quick thread 👇
NO-CODE IS EATING THE WORLD
The concept isn't new (remember Microsoft FrontPage?) but the capabilities that the no-code and low-code tools offer today change the way individuals and businesses approach building digital products.
WHY IT'S INTERESTING? 👇
No-code tools let you build things without writing code. Websites, mobile apps, online stores – all that (and a lot more!) can be built without any prior coding experience.
Even though the “no-code” label is often an oversell (many platforms are "just" low-code and still require some low programming effort), the capabilities offered are game-changing, especially at the first stages of product development.
Key no-code platforms:
•@webflow: web development
•@zapier: process automation
•@bubble: mobile app development
1. Pay to interview people who've successfully grown a startup like yours. You can find them via LinkedIn Sales Navigator.
2. Ask them which 3 channels (ads, SEO, etc.) you should prioritize for acquiring customers.
3. Ask for examples of companies who run these channels well.
Some channels to ask about:
• Organic social
• In-depth content
• Referral incentives
• Product-led invites (think Slack, Zoom, Dropbox)
4. Reverse-engineer how those companies run their channels well:
A. Map each step the customer takes between the channel and becoming a happy customer.
B. Study what makes each step great: its pitch, its design, and its user experience.
Here's an example of steps.
• Someone sees your Facebook ad ← Channel
• They visit your page
• Enter their email
• Trial the product
• Pay for the product
• Stay engaged
• Refer more users
(Tools like Ahrefs + FB Ad Library show you competitors' ads and landing pages!)
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5/OK, now the bad news.
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1/ His entire family is part of this. Melania is a fucking crook. Ivanka is a fucking crook. Junior and Gums are fucking crooks. They will all die in prison, except for Kushner, who, if he really *did* trade US intel for money, should be executed for espionage.
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My teen years were pretty chill. Most of the teen angst had been used up by my sister, so my parents and I had a mutual understanding and I was trying hard not to make life hard for them.
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1. Spend 30% of your effort on skimming all student ML papers (e.g. Stanford NLP CS224n) the past 3 years and prototype your favorites
The idea is everything. Pick an area you are interested in and ideally something that has a visual aspect to it
Most of my 'on the top of my mind' ideas were bad in retrospect. Skimming 100s of student papers will give you an overview of what's interesting.
Student papers are overlooked, easy to understand, and have good compute constraints.
2. Spend 30% on your effort on coding
Create an edge to the project. Apply it to something new and use FastAI or Keras to improve the accuracy with 5-30%.
3. Spend 30% writing an in-depth article
Have a north star article in terms of structure and quality. Find something that stretches you to your utmost capability. I used @copingbear’s Style transfer article:
4. Spend 10% marketing your project
Invest a week in studying the strategies to rank on sites like HN and Reddit, then use them. If you have an interesting result and a great article, you've done the hard work.
Always. No, your company is not an exception.
A tactic I don’t appreciate at all because of how unfairly it penalizes low-leverage, junior employees, and those loyal enough not to question it, but that’s negotiation for you after all. Weaponized information asymmetry.
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And by the way, you should never be worried that an offer would be withdrawn if you politely negotiate.
I have seen this happen *extremely* rarely, mostly to women, and anyway is a giant red flag. It suggests you probably didn’t want to work there.
You wish there was no negotiating so it would all be more fair? I feel you, but it’s not happening.
Instead, negotiate hard, use your privilege, and then go and share numbers with your underrepresented and underpaid colleagues. […]