The Unexotic Underclass

The Unexotic Underclass:

If you’re an entrepreneur looking for ideas, consider looking beyond the city-centric, navel-gazing, youth-obsessed mainstream. That doesn’t mean you need to fly to the end of the world. Chances are there are more people addressing the Big Problems of slum dwellers in Calcutta, Kibera or Rio, than are tackling the big problems of hardpressed folks in say, West Virginia, Mississippi or Louisiana.

Play by your own rules

Play by your own rules:

Listen to your users more than the press. Don’t get sucked into the gravity hole between you and your competition. Ruthlessly run your own path, not someone else’s.

Interesting lessons from the co-founder of Gowalla.

Tiny Startup Camp

One of the great things about living in Portland is our growing startup culture. Since last October I’ve been working out of PIE and have had the chance to see some of that happening first hand.

Tiny Startup Camp takes a unique approach to creating local startups. Jason’s goal is to help 100 people start new, self-sustaining, businesses. No spending thousands of dollars on development. No playing the billion-dollar VC lottery ticket game. Just small, sustainable businesses that help people do what they love.

It’s a 2-day event: Saturday will be great conference and Sunday is a full-day workshop. The goal is to get everyone up and running with a WordPress-powered site for their business, a way for people to sign up, and some targeted ads bought to test their new idea. Pretty cool.

I’m really excited that Jason’s putting this on. If you’re in town and have been wanting to start your own business, you should go register!

Fear of Money

Ilya Lichtenstein on the Fear of Money:

Their fear is justified, because the second you start charging for a product, all of the bubbly bullshit falls away. The market is cold, rational, and effective. It doesn’t care about your lean startup methods, your rockstar team, or your fawning tech press. All of your assumptions, vision, business plans and pitches are irrelevant.

You’ve either built something worth paying money for, or you haven’t.