September 2009

How hard can it be to sell bait

Last week I took my family to the lake to go fishing. We stopped by the hut at the dock to see what kind of boats they had to rent and to buy some worms for bait.

There was no one else there but me and the guy manning the place. I asked him about the boats and he rattled off a couple kinds they had without so much as looking me in the eye. He looked like I was bothering him.

So I left. None of the boats where going to work for us and I wasn’t about to buy bait from this guy. There is just no excuse for not making someone feel like they just made your day by talking to you.

Must see presentation for entreprenuers

I saw this presentation from David Heinemeier Hansson last year at the 2008 Startup School. Out of all the big names that presented there his was the one that hit home with so many, including me.

The idea was simple. Run your company like a business.
1. Make a product
2. Set a price
3. Make a profit

There are a dozen other gems in this presentation and I would recommend it to anyone interested in starting a WebApp business (or any business for that matter.)

WARNING: Unfortunately David drops the F-bomb several times during the presentation.