One of my favorite ways to truly validate an idea is at a bar… on strangers.
I “discovered” this a few years ago when I was still new to NYC, and since then have used this amazing technique half a dozen times. Continue reading “Validating Your Ideas on Strangers”
Since my accidental blog post two months ago, I have been approached by quite a few individuals wanting either product validation or just a few tips on how to better transition their side-project into a full-fledged product offering. This has led to me trying out dozens of SaaS offerings and seeing so many great ideas, that I decided I will start blogging about the ones that I feel are the most likely to succeed, or just plain cool. This will be the first kickoff in an irregular series of posts about my favorites. Continue reading “I’m Down with OPP (Other People’s Projects) – Metric Board”
I’m going to take you guys back to a time when I was doing some client work.
I was at the time working on becoming a somebody in the WP Dev community. I attached myself to a really awesome designer George Wiscombe, and started working on a theme he designed called Handgloves. I began by widgetizing it (which was just starting to catch on — that probably dates me a little) then added a couple of built in social media hooks. I emailed him and told him I was working on it, and he released my changes, and because he is an AWESOME dude, gave me a byline on it. Continue reading “That Time I Brought Down Millions of WordPress Sites”
I don’t usually share my political opinions or views to anyone but my closest family and friends, but today I am going to make an exception this morning as I sit here on my eerily quiet bus heading into the office. Continue reading “So it Happened… What Now?”
A few people have asked me to discuss my product launches, and I have been hesitant to do it in a public light. Not because they aren’t good launches, but because most of my life was spent in industries I didn’t like, but was just really good at. In this post, I will talk about my first side project launch and my first product launch for a paying job, both couldn’t be more different in expectations or outcome. Continue reading “My First Product Launches”
This is a requested follow-up from my previous post about monetizing your side project.
Your first customer is never as hard as you think. Every first customer I ever received astounded me, because I didn’t even know they needed the product and I knew the person intimately.
From my childhood lemonade stand to the backlink building software I built at HKSEO, my first customer was always someone I knew personally. This was always a boost to my self-esteem, but I don’t have enough friends, family or colleagues to support me through buying the various products I have, so I had to find strangers!
In this post I will tell you how I found strangers to give me money. Continue reading “Tips for Getting Strangers to Give You Money for Your Projects”
Everyone is capable of an idea worth a million dollars/pounds/euros/yen(?). It will most assuredly never be their first idea, and might not be within their first 1000 ideas. But if you don’t track your ideas, you will never remember or be able to capitalize on them.
Your idea doesn’t have to be original, it doesn’t have to be mind-blowing. It just needs to be an idea you are passionate enough about to see it through to its end. Be that making millions or burying it in a shallow grave along New Jersey side of the Hudson. Continue reading “One Million $1M Ideas”
This month was a little bit of a craphat in the savings world. The post Brexit bump led to a pretty flat month in August. I’m not going to go into a schpeal about savings, but if you haven’t read the July 2016 Report, read it now!
Something to note: July had 3 paychecks and August only had 2 (I am paid every 2 weeks). Now, onto August 2016! Continue reading “August Savings Report”
I was recently commenting on an excellent Show HN for a product called Duet and it was the most karma I have ever received on Hacker News (17 votes in 4 hours), and another respondent said I should write it up as a blog post. So here it is.
This advice can be extrapolated, but it is primarily focused on Duet. Continue reading “Tricks to Monetize your Side Projects”
Disclaimer – I am not a licensed investor, nor do I know shit about investing. These are my personal, non professional opinions, and I’m 95% sure they are completely wrong. Never take any advice about investing from a web developer! Like seriously. You would deserve to lose all of your money if you did. Also, if you don’t have enough money to pay off your high interest debts you don’t have money to play in the stock market. Use your common sense, people.
Who ever said saving money wasn’t fun!?
I’m pretty sure almost everyone has, but that is because they haven’t made it a game.
For the last 6 months, I have been rounding up my spare change with Acorns, a robovesting app-first service that lets you chose your level of risk. On top of that, I have been putting $500 – 1000 away into a savings account and started cutting things out of our budget.
Starting today, I’m going to start documenting my adventures in Savings. Once a month, I will list how much money I have in my various accounts to help hold myself accountable to my family goals (retirement, buying a home, rainy day funds, etc.). Continue reading “Adventures in Savings”