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Succeeding?Failing?Learning!              Alan Mendelevič              @ailon
“80 percent of success is showing up”                            Woody Allen
Story #1Wheel of fortune (late 80s - early 90s)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum+
Lesson #1See an opportunity where others       only see a problem
Lesson #2Avoid crappy people
Story #2ArticleCentral.com (1999 – sold in 2002)
Lesson #3Failure leads to next opportunity
My first and only exitto date (2002)
2004
Lesson #4Timing is everything
Story #3         SPAW Editor(2003 – 2008 – still on life support)
v.1.0 (2003)
Lesson #5Sustainable business model is         important(unless you have investor money to burn)
v.1.1 (2006)
Lesson #6                Go all-in                   a.k.a.    consulting is your startup’s enemy                   a.k.a....
v.2 (2007)
Lesson #4Timing is everything   (too late this time)
Story #4amCharts for WPF, Silverlight   and Windows Phone        (2008 - present)
Lesson #7   Scratch your own itch               a.k.a.money can’t be your only motivation
Lesson #8Success is not [necessarily]       transferable
Story #5MVPonT & Twuel     (2010)
Lesson #9Don’t get too excited with early            success
Lesson #10Do your homework a.k.a. market           research
Lessons learnedapplied to AdDuplex
 See an opportunity where others only see a problem Avoid crappy people Failure leads to next opportunity Timing is ev...
Lessons learned
Lessons learnedin Silicon Valley
“… life is a lesson, you learn it         when youre through”                        Limp Bizkit (?)
Alan Mendelevič@ailon
Image credits• Sinclair ZX Spectrum+ -  http://www.old-computers.com• ZX Spectrum+ Manual – Retronaut  http://www.retronau...
Succeeding? Failing? Learning!
Succeeding? Failing? Learning!
Succeeding? Failing? Learning!
Succeeding? Failing? Learning!
Succeeding? Failing? Learning!
Succeeding? Failing? Learning!
Succeeding? Failing? Learning!
Succeeding? Failing? Learning!
Succeeding? Failing? Learning!
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  1. 1. Succeeding?Failing?Learning! Alan Mendelevič @ailon
  2. 2. “80 percent of success is showing up” Woody Allen
  3. 3. Story #1Wheel of fortune (late 80s - early 90s)
  4. 4. Sinclair ZX Spectrum+
  5. 5. Lesson #1See an opportunity where others only see a problem
  6. 6. Lesson #2Avoid crappy people
  7. 7. Story #2ArticleCentral.com (1999 – sold in 2002)
  8. 8. Lesson #3Failure leads to next opportunity
  9. 9. My first and only exitto date (2002)
  10. 10. 2004
  11. 11. Lesson #4Timing is everything
  12. 12. Story #3 SPAW Editor(2003 – 2008 – still on life support)
  13. 13. v.1.0 (2003)
  14. 14. Lesson #5Sustainable business model is important(unless you have investor money to burn)
  15. 15. v.1.1 (2006)
  16. 16. Lesson #6 Go all-in a.k.a. consulting is your startup’s enemy a.k.a.don’t quit your 9-to-5 job to start a startup
  17. 17. v.2 (2007)
  18. 18. Lesson #4Timing is everything (too late this time)
  19. 19. Story #4amCharts for WPF, Silverlight and Windows Phone (2008 - present)
  20. 20. Lesson #7 Scratch your own itch a.k.a.money can’t be your only motivation
  21. 21. Lesson #8Success is not [necessarily] transferable
  22. 22. Story #5MVPonT & Twuel (2010)
  23. 23. Lesson #9Don’t get too excited with early success
  24. 24. Lesson #10Do your homework a.k.a. market research
  25. 25. Lessons learnedapplied to AdDuplex
  26. 26.  See an opportunity where others only see a problem Avoid crappy people Failure leads to next opportunity Timing is everything Sustainable business model is important Go all-in Scratch your own itch Success is not [necessarily] transferable Don’t get too excited with early success Do your homework a.k.a. market research
  27. 27. Lessons learned
  28. 28. Lessons learnedin Silicon Valley
  29. 29. “… life is a lesson, you learn it when youre through” Limp Bizkit (?)
  30. 30. Alan Mendelevič@ailon
  31. 31. Image credits• Sinclair ZX Spectrum+ - http://www.old-computers.com• ZX Spectrum+ Manual – Retronaut http://www.retronaut.co/2011/08/zx- spectrum-plus-user-guide/• Integral/Acer - http://englishrussia.com/2009/12/24/in- belarus-weve-got-integral/• Silicon Valley - Christian Rondeau http://www.flickr.com/photos/christianrondea u/3471929554/
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