Tag: Chris Guillebeau

“Dear Boss: I am writing to tell you your services are no longer needed.” – Chris Guillebeau

Sooner or later, your startup will require your full time attention.  For one reason, investors don’t invest in part-time ventures.  But the main reason is there is simply too much to do in very limited time.

Having a job to pay the bills is a good thing, especially if you adjust your lifestyle to a level of simplicity that allows you to provide some initial funding.  And yet the sooner you can make the leap, the better for your startup because you are always competing against time – the time to get your product to the market quicker than your competitors and the time to capture enough market share to sustain the business.

Read “The $100 Startup” By Chris Guillebeau


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“If your mission statement is much longer than this sentence, it is probably too long” – Chris Guillebeau

December is the time to review the year and revisit your vision and mission.  You’re another year smarter now and you know more than you did a year ago.

A good mission statement is short, concise and captures the essence of why your company exists.  Someone who has never heard of your company should be able to understand what you do and why.

Keeping it short makes it easier to understand and remember.

Read “The $100 Startup” by Chris Guillebeau


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“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler

I’m reading an interesting book by Chris Guillebeau called “The $100 Startup”.  Chris is encouraging all of us to consider starting a business around a hobby or passion that could help other people.  Among the points he makes are that it doesn’t have to cost a ton of money to get started, nor does it require any highly specific skills.  Just the willingness to try and learn.

Our culture has less patience for people who do not adapt than ever in history.  This is no doubt fueled by technology’s rapid advancement and the globalization of our society.

The good news is that there is more information at hand… just a few milliseconds away…that can provide guidance and access to education through online training and mentoring through social networks; in many cases for absolutely free.  This will have profound consequences for our traditional forms of education.  The resume will be judged by how many startups you’ve done rather than the letters behind your name.

Meanwhile, there’s no reason for any of us to be hindered from pursuing a startup opportunity merely because of a lack of knowledge.  Your customers will tell what they want and that will lead you down the right path.  All the rest is a search engine or a phone call away.



Blogging Gazelle is published daily by Shawn Carson