What I Learned
Bootstrapping Startups
After College

Sung
sung.io
@mikeswcho

There is too much bullshit
in startup scene

It's supposed to be about making

Coffee meeting

Conferences

Team meeting

Network events

  • Encourage startups
  • Build a community
  • Teach how to start a startup

But we can't

"not a matter of explaining ...
but of experiencing and describing."

- Camus

We made up too much stuff

My Startups

2014

wingFind

Coddee

Vym

RemoteBase

RemoteMesh

Flowmad

Dnote

We are not making

Work Alone

Be Real

Let Go

Just Make

Work Alone

1. DIY

Mistakes That Kill Startups

1. Single Founder

- Paul Graham

Diseconomies of scale

Can you make this button green?

2. Learn to code

Be Real

"How would you know you weren’t being a phony? The trouble is, you wouldn’t."

Catcher in the Rye

1. It's about You

They are real

Where are you in your product?

2. We don't like fake stuff

Ads no longer work

Faking teams no longer work

  • Contact us
  • We value your feedback

Allegory of the Cave

Are we holding our users prisoners?

Let Go

1. You're not a smartass

These people are

"... plan to throw one away;
you will, anyhow."

Mythical Man-Month

2. Don't Keep Building Cars

Why glorify iteration?

You have to drive to get somewhere

3. Passion is overrated

4. Don't Write Test

5. YAGNI

I mean, come on.

Just Make

1. Don't be a hero

2. Solve Your Problems

  • Expert
  • Personal

Solving random problems no longer works

3. You Will Be Lonely

"Beware of all enterprises
that require new clothes"

- Thoreau

Work Alone

Be Real

Let Go

Just Make

Jack Davis

LinkedIn

Pieter Levels

@levelsio

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