headphones for running

running and gadgets

If you (like me) love to waste money on gadgets and like to engage in some kind of sports activity, the amount of money you can spend is virtually unlimited.

You start with basic things like a music player (ipod classic/nano/shuffle), or maybe a smartphone. Then you’ll need an accessory to hold it in place. And how about something to check your heart rate, like a Bluetooth heart rate monitor? And I didn’t even mention smart cups (which I’m really anticipating, and just mentioned).

But I’d love to talk about something basic and important: your headphones.

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One does not simple become a graphic designer

How to find a good designer for your startup

Designer problem ( I mean challenge )

The look of your project is everything. If your idea is super great, but looks like shit – no one will like it, use it or invest in it. (On the other hand, I see many shitty ideas get tons of attention because they are eye-candy.)

But designers with understanding of human behavior (or, as they like to call it, UI/UX) are hard to find. And if you find one, the chances that they will also provide you with good/valid HTML and CSS are slim. But let’s assume for a second that you get lucky and find such a designer – what now? How do you get him onboard? What you can/should offer them?

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ideas are worthless unless you sell them

Ideas are worthless, execution is useless, sale is everything

Being a tech guy is a blessing and a curse.

Hundreds of blog posts tell you that “ideas are worthless, execution is everything.” I’ve got news for you. Ideas are just as worthless as execution. If you can’t sell it, it’s all shit. And by selling, I don’t necessarily mean “selling for money.” Even having a free deployment/installation is great.

I have a friend who told me about an idea he had. He observed that queues for all kinds of government institutions – banks, post offices, or anything else – suck. Let’s make something with NFC so you won’t have to take a number and waste time sitting and looking at a screen showing the current number in the queue. After a little analysis, I found that NFC was not the best choice (we lack knowledge,  audience awareness, and faces other technological barriers ) so I decided that QR code would be better. Over coffee, we discussed the prototype I would build.

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You are not Steve Jobs

Co-founders looking for co-founders

I’m a member of an awesome site called founders-nation. The idea behind this site is great: it’s a platform to find co-founders for your startup. But I like to describe it as a site where half of the people think they are Steve Jobs and the other half think they are amazing programmers (but not necessarily Steve Wozniak).

Every time I get a message, it goes like this. “Hi, I’m a product/ CEO/awesome dude! I have this amazing idea/product/concept. I already have a business plan/beta/alpha. I’m looking for a technical founder/mobile developer/web developer/CTO. Let me know if you’re interested/Tell me why should I bring you into my company.”

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your startup idea

Being pregnant with your idea

Having a startup idea is like being in love. You feel like you’ve finally made it (even though you haven’t made it yet). You feel you know something everyone else is missing. You’re excited, intoxicated by the possibility of huge success. Every entrepreneur on earth feels like he’s just invented bread – as if there was no food, and now he’s dreamed up something that everyone will need forever. This is, of course, the best idea in the world because it is YOUR startup idea.

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free to do anything

“It’s only after you’ve lost everything you are free to do anything” – great line by Chuck Palaniuk in Fight Club.

I wonder whether you can really be successful with a startup while having a job. I wonder whether you can devote yourself to an ambitious idea that will transform the world and simultaneously have a normal healthy relationship. I wonder how many things you must dismiss in your life so that one great thing – your startup – will be born.

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Failing at start(up)

The promise

As many young-adults (yes that how I want to think of myself) I was feed by ‘do your own business – that leads to freedom‘ propaganda.

We all hear about hundreds of startup companies that begin with nothing and become multi million / billion companies.

We all read books about “rich dad, poor dad”  and “4 hours work week” , and so many blogs about failures but eventual success of entrepreneurs.

So it make us feel inspired, makes us feel that we all destined to be special, unique and successful.

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