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The Portable CTO
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The Importance of Doing Less
Joi Sigurdsson's latest blog post reminded of the fact that doing more - offering more options, serving more markets, building more products - isn't always a good idea when you're running a business.
"Avoiding hassle is especially important for a bootstrapped company. As discussed in my previous post about the spiderweb entrepreneur, in the early stages of bootstrapping, nothing happens unless YOU do it, so it’s incredibly important to conserve your time and energy." - Joi Sigurdsson

Don't get caught up in what competitors offer, but stay focused and build something that delivers clear value for a select group of customers.
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Put your wardrobe on autopilot. Wohven sends me a new T-shirt every month, and I rotate out one of my old worn out ones. It might not seem like a huge life hack, but not thinking about my clothing is really nice.
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"Sales velocity measures how quickly your business is making money. It analyzes how fast deals are moving through your sales pipeline and generating revenue."
"Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it."
"The strategy is simple: Progressively delete the old code base, in favor of a new one."
I remember when people were talking about HQ Trivia all over the place. I think the story here is that building a business off a gimmick is really hard, no matter how much people talk about it.
"Complex decisions are often challenging because they contain an overwhelming number of dimensions. Decomposing the problem results in a large number of smaller choices along each dimension. However, dimensions are not orthogonal — changes in one affect another. Trying to optimize all dimensions at the same time quickly gets overwhelming."
The broad majority of people I know who attended a coding bootcamp were eventually successful in getting a job in tech, and it was a good opportunity for them. But, I would caution anyone against taking out loans or doing an income sharing agreement at this point. Many of these schools are doing whatever they can to cut costs and get profitable due to pressure from investors, and they're starting to look like diploma mills. All the same information is available online for free. Unless you need to spend an extra $30k to take it seriously, you're better off taking a part time job and learning on the side.
I'm not a huge fan of Slack groups. There's so much noise and no good way to curate them besides being in or out of a channel. I like the idea of getting a weekly newsletter rundown instead of constant interruptions.
"The rise of niche events correlates directly with the rise in people's desire for personalization. Niche events have the ability to deliver relevant content directly to attendees unlike mega-events that require attendees to find relevant content on their own."
"So much of building a product/company is about progressive discovery. You build something, you figure out something else, then you build that, and so on. But you only figure out what to build by taking the first step."
"Vertical communities are springing everywhere and there are still more opportunities here...we are seeing startups working on communities for women, healthcare professionals, students, product managers, and of course general business professionals."
Karl Hughes
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