@NickMillerZA
A web-powered private tutoring agencyA rental property management & payment system     A boutique search marketing agency
Mindset shift milestonesUnintentional start 2007PCS/NVP 2007Getting a business partner 2008Launch in London (-ve) 2008Outs...
Silicon Valley Internet Startup ModelCaricature from Quora*   Idea/team/prototype   Seed funding (Y-Combinator or family/f...
3 key mindsets Agile growth (based on agile development)   Value time & focus & direction   Launch regularly   Move Fast a...
NetworkingPurpose   Leveraging: Strategic over generic connections   Be on their radarBe creative   Lift from airport   In...
Productivity HacksDo your most NB task before 11/12am Don’t check your email (Tim Ferriss)Read once a week: getpocket.com ...
Getting hired in a startup Be creative in your application Know what the company does Know what the role entails Have an o...
Resources Get a twitter account and follow:  @KISSmetrics: Web marketing  @tom_peters: Redefining Management  @VinnyLingham...
Resources continued Rework by @dhh and @jasonfried Lynda.com: Intro-level up-skilling of yourself Experts-exchange.com/Sta...
Thanks! Questions?  @NickMillerZA
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Lecture to UCT Engineers by Nick Miller (@NickMillerZA), founder of Cape Town startup Teach Me 2. www.teachme2.co.za

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    1. 1. @NickMillerZA
    2. 2. A web-powered private tutoring agencyA rental property management & payment system A boutique search marketing agency
    3. 3. Mindset shift milestonesUnintentional start 2007PCS/NVP 2007Getting a business partner 2008Launch in London (-ve) 2008Outsourcing to India (-ve) 2009Reading rework 2010One Focus 2011Silicon valley trip 2012
    4. 4. Silicon Valley Internet Startup ModelCaricature from Quora* Idea/team/prototype Seed funding (Y-Combinator or family/friends) Get users (get featured on TechCrunch) Attempt to scale Go broke (very likely) Become cash-flow positive (unlikely) Get bought (very unlikely) IPO (extremely unlikely) Repeat* http://www.quora.com/What-are-the-typical-milestones-and-timeline-for-an-internet-startup
    5. 5. 3 key mindsets Agile growth (based on agile development) Value time & focus & direction Launch regularly Move Fast and Break Things Build an awesome culture Team shapes culture Lead with humility Be good not popular/cool Have fun vs Get rich “A successful entrepreneur is not defined by how much money theyve made, but by how much fun theyve had - Chriso Davel #NetProphet” (From 11am today)
    6. 6. NetworkingPurpose Leveraging: Strategic over generic connections Be on their radarBe creative Lift from airport Intern/volunteer at great companies Ask for introductions with a purpose Volunteer as an assistantQuality >> Quantity I have about 3-5 useful connections
    7. 7. Productivity HacksDo your most NB task before 11/12am Don’t check your email (Tim Ferriss)Read once a week: getpocket.com Save interesting reads for later readingGet the SelfControl app http://visitsteve.com/made/selfcontrol/WunderlistVisualise Priority & Progress
    8. 8. Getting hired in a startup Be creative in your application Know what the company does Know what the role entails Have an online portfolio of your work Github/LinkedIn/website/blog Be diverse Broad range of skills are useful in a startup
    9. 9. Resources Get a twitter account and follow: @KISSmetrics: Web marketing @tom_peters: Redefining Management @VinnyLingham: South African entrepreneur in SV @hackernewsbot: Y-Combinator updates @the99percent: Creative Business portal @jeffmess: Needs more followers
    10. 10. Resources continued Rework by @dhh and @jasonfried Lynda.com: Intro-level up-skilling of yourself Experts-exchange.com/Stack-overflow/Quora: Crowdsourcing #Breaktherules: breaktherules.students@gmail.com Kickstarter.com Read “The Hacker Way” by Zuckerberg
    11. 11. Thanks! Questions? @NickMillerZA
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