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  • Pessimist monopoly on reality with gloom, doom <br /> Paradoxes: Meetings vs 4-day work weeks <br /> Nothing can ever improve, nothing can ever change <br /> Preys on your worst fears and insecurities: “People won’t get that” <br />
  • Nothing I ever worked on would have worked in the real world <br /> Obstacles, barriers, impossibilities <br />
  • 1 guy learning ruby <br /> you NEED 2p commit, thread safety, sales people with sirloins and lap dances <br /> game over, php + java already won (make the best of it) <br /> What the hell kind of name is “Ruby on Rails” anyway? <br />
  • Multi-million dollar business from a 3p team working spare time <br /> Should have died long ago but just celebrated its 5 yr birthday <br />
  • Because that's how the real world works. It's full of big scary paper dragons that you supposedly just can't fight. Might as well just give up in advance and don't try anything. <br />
  • Some big bully should have swept in and grabbed our candy <br /> Google, Microsoft, others coexist <br />
  • No big functional specs, road maps, business plans, or long-term projections <br /> \"where we were going to be in 5 years\" <br /> Most people don't know what the hell they're doing most of the time anyway, plans don’t change that <br />
  • To features, to customer segments, even to some customers <br /> If he wants bananas in his lasagna, you're a foolish, arrogant prick of a chef <br />
  • 100K readers now, think we got there because people just couldn't resist my deliciously swirly hair? 2K readers in ’04 (5!! years after launching the blog) <br />
  • Everyone is dummy and only the blessed few can actually do anything. Bullshit. <br /> rockstar environment = trust, freedom, little work that nobody wants to do <br /> The real world thinks that everyone is a liar, a thief, and a crook <br /> Acquisitions turns rock stars into roadies <br />
  • CHOOSE to make our stuff simple, PM + CRM often very complex <br /> Every domain has a simple angle. It's your job to find it and exploit <br /> Only so many air traffic control systems or missile trajectory calculators <br />
  • So the next time someone shoots down your idea with \"that's great, but it wouldn't work in the real work\", it's your moral duty to prove them the hell wrong! <br />
  • Wooooohoooo - \"Screw Kansas, I'm Going to Hollywood!\" <br /> Bipolar disorder, Doing a Startup is the hypomania <br />
  • \"Doing a startup\" is such a cop out, it’s a game, cops and robbers <br /> Distracts you from the simplicity of: price * customers = profit <br /> Has become a toxic word in my mind, like web 2.0 and enterprise <br />
  • Such liberating constraints: Income, expenses, customers (not users) <br />
  • Micro-volunteering, crowd-sourcing, social-media cross between Flickr and Facebook for puppies <br />
  • Pre-roll ads? Ruby on Rails? Blah, blah <br />
  • Sticking to it: 37signals 10 yrs, Rails 6, Basecamp 5 <br /> Last man standing <br />
  • Don’t expect to fail, don’t set out to be a serial entrepeneur <br /> Think about “what’s your life’s work” <br /> Get rich slowly (most investments bear fruit from compound interest, not spikes) <br />
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  • Doing a Startup in The Real World David Heinemeier Hansson 37signals Thursday, March 26, 2009
  • The Real World Thursday, March 26, 2009
  • Fuck The Real World Thursday, March 26, 2009 View slide
  • Thursday, March 26, 2009 View slide
  • Thursday, March 26, 2009
  • Thursday, March 26, 2009
  • Too simple Thursday, March 26, 2009
  • No plans Thursday, March 26, 2009
  • Said no Thursday, March 26, 2009
  • Big popularity Thursday, March 26, 2009
  • All rock stars Thursday, March 26, 2009
  • Easy domain Thursday, March 26, 2009
  • Thursday, March 26, 2009
  • Thursday, March 26, 2009
  • Fuck Doing A Startup Thursday, March 26, 2009
  • Start a business! Thursday, March 26, 2009
  • Pitch the killer idea Thursday, March 26, 2009
  • Find the secret Thursday, March 26, 2009
  • Execution & perseverance Thursday, March 26, 2009
  • Invest yourself Thursday, March 26, 2009
  • Questions? Thursday, March 26, 2009