Starting Up with Sex, Love, & Violence


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Slides from my talk "Starting Up With Sex, Love, & Violence" from Intl Startup Festival (Montreal, July 2012)

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  • Cool stuff about using comics, I'm a big fan of creative art and humor in my shit. For more Scott McCloud love, check out his TED presentation on comics:
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Starting Up with Sex, Love, & Violence

  1. Starting Up withSex, Love, & Violence.
  3. WARNING!!!this deck is guaranteed to offend,provide tragically incorrect advice, and perhaps get you arrested. Fucking Deal with it.
  4. [This Talk]• Be Different, Take Risk!!!• Stand 4 SOMEthing. (or u stand 4 NOthing.)• Tap Into Humanity: Fear, SEX, Power, etc.• Be a Hero, or a Villain. (just don’t fucking BORE me.)• Pictures, Text, Music: they all say 1000 words.• When It Works, Double Down.• Be Yourself… Only More SoKISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid.
  5. [Dave McClure]2001-2012:• Startup Investor: 500 Startups, Founders Fund• Tech Marketing: PayPal, Simply Hired,• Advisor, Investor: 300+ Startups• Conferences: Warm Gun, Lean Startup, SMASH• Stanford Lecturer: Facebook, Startup Metrics80’s & 90’s:• Entrepreneur: Founder/CEO Aslan Computing (acq.)• Developer: Windows Apps / SQL DB Admin• User Groups: E-Commerce, Internet, Client-Server• Engineer: Johns Hopkins ‘88, BS Eng / Applied Math
  6. 500 Startups Seed Fund & Accelerator (330+ companies, 20+ countries)• Design• Data• Distribution
  7. [Interesting Shit]
  8. Read Geoffrey Miller.Sex + Evolution + Consumer Mktg = Awesome Sauce.
  9. More Great Shit. Psychology + Comics 
  10. [Geek Renaissance]• Tech Innovation• Finance Innovation• Design Innovation• Social Innovation• Global Innovation• Gender Innovation
  11. [Start(up) + Heart]
  12. Be DifferentTake Risk.
  13. Be Different.• Take Risk Early. U Have Nothing 2 Lose.• Playing it Safe = Death.• Pissing People Off is OK. (in fact, #WINNING)• U Can’t Build Brand around INDIFFERENCE.• Love *or* Hate are Ok. Both are Good Signal.
  14. CHANGE. PEACE.POWER. SEX. Stand 4 SOMEthing. (or stand 4 NO-thing)
  15. Stand 4 SOMEthing, or Stand 4 NOthing.• Be Iconic.• Single word or emotion.• Don’t be afraid 2b Hated.• Don’t be afraid 2b Shamed.• Aim for the Moon. [Land on the Roof]
  16. Tap Into Humanity Fear, Sex, Power
  17. Tap Into Humanity• Fear: What u run from• Sex: Who we love, lust 4• Power: Ability 2 Control Ur World• Family: Find Ur Tribe.• Anger: Fight 4 Ur Right [2 Party]
  18. Be a HeroBe a Villain
  19. Be a Hero… or Villain• Who do u LOVE, Admire, Want 2 B?• Who do u HATE, Despise, [secretly] jealous?• Whatever u are Drawn 2• Just Don’t Be BORING.• Again: Indifference = Death.
  20. Say 1000 words.[or just 1 Finger]
  21. Say 1000 words.• 1 awesome picture.• 3 powerful words, or a few sentences.• 30 sec meaningful music or video.• Less is more.note: these slides are not less.
  22. If/When It Works Double Down.
  23. When It Works, Double Down.• If someone loves u, it’s working.• If someone hates u, it’s working.• Once u get signal, try iteration, repetition.• Once u get repetition, try variation.• Good artists COPY; great artists STEAL (from themSELVES!)
  24. Be Your SELF.(But Be Ur SUPER Self)
  25. Always Be Your [SUPER] Self• Start from the Heart.• Be Yourself. Be Authentic. Be Comfortable.• But: the MOST AWESOME, PASSIONATE u.• Find a feeling or emotion u can sustain• [sometimes even weakness can be ok]