What happens when your art becomes the product that pays the bills?

Three years ago around this time of year, I had resigned from my job in retail, given up my lease in Melbourne and squeezed into my sister’s house for what I thought would be a short ‘R&R’ stay. This turned into 18 months of questioning my entire life’s direction and, eventually, building up a new...


Good luck, good advice, and bad, bad TV – Friday Funnies Episode 41

In between battling perfectionism and slogging through the time-sucks of running a business, we found a few things to laugh at this week. Here are some of our favorites. The boss is the one who does the tickling The second episode in this series, where a father re-enacts real-life conversations with his two-year-old, only t...


What a coworking space is really like: the good and bad

The coworking trend has seen a huge boost in recent years, as more and more workers move away from the traditional office. Freelancers, who once worked from home or a private studio are seeking out the camaraderie and social benefits that come from sharing a coworking space with others each day. As the internet continues...


Why Done is Better Than Perfect in a Startup

A few weeks ago, Attendly CEO Scott Handsaker put out the call for a Founders Apprentice to come to Attendly and learn about running a startup from the inside. Essentially, he was looking for someone to share his marketing workload, follow through on the day-to-day grunt work that comes with managing a startup and...


How to take a risk

Risk is probably not something you’re looking for more of, but it could be just what you need. Risks, after all, can sometimes pay great dividends. Plus, taking risks can be exciting. It opens us up to new possibilities and the potential for huge rewards (if the risk is big enough). Taking risks can lead...


3 Startup Lessons I Learned From Moving To London

Three days doesn’t seem like very long to be in a new place, in the scheme of things. But a surprising amount can happen in three days. After three days of exploring London, here are three lessons I’ve learned that every startup founder should know. 1. People want to help I’ve written about asking for...


How to Start a Mumford Band, be the Best Teacher & More – Friday Funnies Episode 40

Friday Funny time again. It’s been a while since we’ve included video hilarity, so we’ve got two Kid Snippets clips this week to make up for it, plus a whole bunch of other unrelated, eclectic laugh-inducing material. Name three Germans We find out what history has taught us when random people are stopped and asked...


Kindle Worlds And The Problem Of Quality Control

You want to get paid for writing my stories? I wouldn’t mind being paid for you writing my stories, either. Nor would Amazon. But of course Amazon would also like to cut publishers out of the deal and set themselves up as a monopoly provider and monopsony buyer of written fiction. That’s why their fan...


How Unsuccessful Founders Spend Their Time

The last month has really sucked. We soft launched Attendly into a public beta at the start of April, and two weeks in we had some momentum. We had bounce in our step and a twinkle in our eye. I for one was girding my loins in preparation for taking over the world. Three weeks...


The Fascinating Story of Two “Xooglers” Who Built Their Own Winning Startups

Google is well-known for hiring top talent who can get things done. To get a job at Google, you need to be “great at lots of things, love big challenges and welcome big changes.” The company is also known for cultivating innovation in employees by letting them spend 20% of their work hours on self-directed...