Every year is a big “learn how to code” year. I still believe it’s important to learn how to code, but now it’s far from being a reason not to start something. I feel like creating a landing page is a great way to start validating an idea. I emphasize ‘start validating’ because some people get stuck at this stage, and depending on your product it may not provide enough validated learning. A landing page is not a MVP, its one of many things you can do. When teaching people these strategies, I always get the “I can’t code” or “don’t know where to start” push back. So I compiled 5 websites that can get you a landing page up and running in a hour or incredibly less.
Update: This post actually turned into a Ted Talk. Watch above.
It’s almost common language in the tech community now that you don’t need Silicon Valley. Entrepreneurs are taking a different route by creating the community they dream to be part of, right where they live. I’m aiming to do this with Newark, NJ. Using examples from those such as Brad Feld, Tony Hsieh, and of course history.
In 1906 a wealthy African American named O.W. Gurley moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma in hopes of buying some new land. He successfully acquired 40 acres and started one of the most unknown business movements in American history with the new Greenwood district. I invite you to read up on it. I want to focus on how they grew.
A few months ago I saw my startup die. I worked hard and long hours putting together specs, building, marketing, and sweating with my co-founders and it just ended up not working out. When I began working on this project I made a few first time entrepreneur mistakes, especially dealing with angel investors. But the worst mistake of all was working with people who weren’t as passionate about the idea as me.
I heard Amos Windbush speak last night and he had a quote that every entrepreneur should know. “There two types of people. Those that gain you energy, and those that drain your energy.”
We live in a media heavy world filled with distractions galore. Instead of the limited options of TV and Radio, the internet has given people more freedom over what media they want to consume. Theres just so much information available in today’s world, its like a menu at a restaurant.
What are you eating today?
Instead of going all over the place I want to focus on Twitter. Twitter I would say is my favorite social network. I don’t have hundreds of thousands of followers, I don’t even really tweet as much as I personally would like to. But Twitter gives me access to smart people. And most importantly it gives smart and connected people access to me. I’m 90% sure your reading this post after clicking on it through Twitter.