I enjoyed getting to hear from Jon Acuff about a month ago, He kicked off his Do Over Tour in Chattanooga just down the road from me. I had read his book this summer and I am rereading it right now. One of the best books on career management that I have read.
Since I had a Kindle version of his book, I had him sign my sketchnote.
Last week I got to hear Natalie Downe share the story of Lanyrd, a startup that here and her husband launched while honeymooning around the world. I think there are a lot of great lessons here for anyone who would like to consider a startup in the future.
I asked her a question at the end of her talk, “what would you do differently if you could do it again?” She said a lot of things but four she mentioned were:
she wished she had information like the talk she gave that would have provided them with more of a roadmap along the way
she wished they had generated revenue earlier
she wished they had not relaxed as much as they did when they had investment money
they had abandoned the idea that if they only had A, B, C, and D, then the app would be complete. I think the idea is that they had too many ideas that they tried to do at once.