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.
What we should have said to PG. Refreshingly honest post about pitching your startup and telling a story.
For us, the key to staying sane at a startup is hanging out with a different social circle often; ones outside of the tech/startup world. We work with startup folks during the week and it’s refreshing to get outside of that world to reset.
Paul Stamatiou – On Keeping Busy and Staying Sane.
Really impressed with PIE’s first class of startups after Demo Day. Props to Rick and everyone else for creating a fantastic incubator.
What if a little site you love doesn’t have a business model? Yell at the developers! Explain that you are tired of good projects folding and are willing to pay cash American dollar to prevent that from happening. It doesn’t take prohibitive per-user revenue to put a project in the black. It just requires a number greater than zero.
maciej – Don’t Be A Free User.
What matters is that you get back to the basics — as my friend so eloquently stated — and focus on relieving stress. The hour away from work can greatly increase your productivity when you come back to the office more relaxed and fresh.
Use that hour to escape. For me, the only time I can disconnect my mind from my startup is when I go to the gym to play squash and to relax after the match in the steam room. Even when I’m sleeping, I dream of my startup, but thankfully I was able to find my escape, and know that I can go there when I need to.
Spencer Fry – Startups: Stress and Depression.
Next Step. Marshall Kirkpatrick is leaving his daily role at ReadWriteWeb to build a product and a company. It’s called Plexus Engine and sounds pretty cool. The post is also on his personal blog but that seems down now.