I’m in DIA on my way home from Microconf, the conference for small software startups that I just attended in Las Vegas. This was a “first annual” conference, put on by organizers Rob Walling and Mike Taber. I highly encourage them to do it again next year and beyond.
Close to a hundred attendees heard just under a dozen speakers tell their own startup stories (successes and failures), give advice on where to spend their time (a commodity both more precious and more available to a self-funded startup than money), and how to keep on going through the dark and the busy times.
Most of the speakers were great. A handful (Sean Ellis, Ramit Sethi, Patrick McKenzie, and Hiten Shah) stood out for me personally, both for the quality of their presentation and because they spoke to where I happen to be with my own startup right now.
I’m not going to waste my own time or anyone else’s trying to summarize the individual sessions. Almost all the speakers are bloggers and big chunks of their ideas are available in their own words online or in books they have published. (*) I’m just going to share what I’m personally taking away: four themes and one slightly more specific bit of actionable advice. Continue Reading →