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SOBCon08

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Lessons learned from the first 90 or so days in a new start up company.

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  • Thanks for that Chris, it made me smile, and gave me a boost. Yes, it is hard when delving into new territory not to second guess yourself or think you have gotten in over your head. When I give myself the doubts, I will replay this. Might even show the GM :) @isle
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SOBCon08

  1. 1. Chris Cree
  2. 2. Alone and Unafraid Lessons From the First 90-ish Days
  3. 3. Lesson # 1 Find Good Advisors I have to Do it all Myself
  4. 4. Lesson # 1 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Alone With Others
  5. 5. Lesson # 1 Find Good Advisors
  6. 6. Lesson # 1 Bounce Ideas Off Someone
  7. 7. Lesson # 2 Everything will take 10X longer than you think It Should be Pretty Straight Forward
  8. 8. Lesson # 2 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men. <ul><li>It will take longer </li></ul><ul><li>Things will go wrong </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not the End of the World </li></ul><ul><li>Set Deadlines you can meet </li></ul>
  9. 9. Lesson # 3 Be Willing to Change Course “ Charlie Time ” (Gratuitous Coolness)
  10. 10. Lesson # 3 Be Willing to Change Course Gotta Stick With the Plan
  11. 11. Lesson # 3 Complete Change in Business Model “ Old ” Model “ New ” Model
  12. 12. Lesson # 3 Original Plan = Web Development <ul><li>Reasonably Priced </li></ul><ul><li>Using WordPress </li></ul><ul><li>Train Clients to Use Sites Effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Give Control of Content to Clients </li></ul>
  13. 13. Lesson # 3 Revised Plan = Consulting <ul><li>Consulting – Create Appropriate Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Project Management – Oversee Development </li></ul><ul><li>Training – Tools & Strategy Implementation </li></ul>
  14. 14. Lesson # 4 Hold On To Your Dream Maybe I’m Not Cut Out For This
  15. 15. Lesson # 4 Hold On To Your Dream <ul><li>Discouragement is part of the deal </li></ul><ul><li>Hang on </li></ul><ul><li>It’s usually not as dark as you think </li></ul>And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring? --Chuck Noland
  16. 16. Lesson # 5 It’s OK to Laugh (Even at Yourself) Turn the PAGE It will keep you SANE.
  17. 17. Lesson # 4
  18. 18. Lesson # 5 Don’t Forget to Laugh
  19. 19. www.slideshare.net/ChrisCree/SOBCon08
  20. 20. Chris Cree Contact Info 111 Misty Morning Way Savannah, GA 31419 P: 912-927-7734 F: 912-927-7143 C: 912-667-8055 Skype: Chris-Cree Google Talk: ChrisCree Twitter: ChrisCree BlogCatalog: ChrisCree

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