People go to conferences with the wrong mindset. They feel as though they have to get a lot of information out of it or make a lot of contacts. They need to justify the expense with volume.

For me, I only ever have one goal and that is to get one actionable item from the trip. It could be an idea or a connection. Either way, if I leave with one solid next step it easily pays for the cost of the conference.

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Travis Kalanick Interview

This is simply a beautiful interview. If you’re in business there’s no way you can’t love the clarity of his vision. The elegance of his presentation.

Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy.

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The Knife-Edge

You spend a lot of time as a bootstrapped software founder on a knife-edge.

How can I afford to start a business? Will the business succeed or fail? Will anyone buy my product?

Once you overcome these questions you need to start thinking about hiring. There are a lot of great reasons to start hiring early in the success of your software business. I waited way to long with UserScape to start hiring.

This post isn’t about all those reasons you’ve already heard about. To feed the growth, to get to the next level, to move faster, to build up sales, etc. This one is much more practical.

As you cross that line from barely making it to relatively profitable you’re in an extremely dangerous position. As a solo founder or even potentially in a partnership what happens if you get sick? If you have a serious family situation? If for some reason you can’t run the business for 6 months?

Not fun things to think about, but as you’ve probably left a good job and invested a lot of time and money to get this business going these are things you should think about. Having even just 1 great employee can make all the difference.

Even if they’re not a programmer and no work gets done on the product. Someone to answer the phone, do support, help sales, and keep the lights on can make all the difference between returning to a going concern and a dead husk.

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