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Entrepreneurship

Cancelled Orders and other Youth Problems

October 17, 2017

This post is part of a series on building a business with no effort. Check out part one here The question “What problems do people aged 18-25 face” is apparently a problem itself. I contacted a freelancer on Fiverr who said she’d be able to look into my research assignment, which is the next piece of my business puzzle. We know that middle-class 18-25 year olds will be a good target demographic because of their phone habits. I would have thought that figuring…

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Entrepreneurship

Finding a Demographic that will Pay for Your App – Part 2

October 8, 2017

This post is part of a series on building a business with no effort. Check out part one here! Apologies for the delay – I was dealing with security issues, server migrations, and some other life craziness. However, the project continued during the hiatus, and there’s a lot to share In the last post, we wondered: which demographic is most likely to pay for an app? Well, thanks to Fiverr seller wilddaniela88, we now know. And the answer is: “Young, middle-class people are the most…

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Entrepreneurship

Finding a Demographic that will Pay for Your App

June 22, 2017

This blog entry is part of a series I’m doing on building a profitable business without doing any work. If you missed part 1, check it out here! It should go without saying that every product needs a target demographic. This is especially true for young products, without an established fan base. So, for this new business, I decided that the first step would be to find a demographic it would be easy to target. Finally, after some careful planning, I’ve…

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Entrepreneurship

Making a Business Without Doing Any Work – Part 2

June 15, 2017

I recently begun to formulate a plan to build a profitable business and be not doing any work. To do so, I plan to break down the things needed, then outsource absolutely all of it. If you missed it, check out part 1 here! As I thought, I read over the steps I had formulated and quickly realized I’d need to break them down further. So, here’s the updated list of steps I’ll need to outsource: Find a market I…

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Entrepreneurship

Can You Make a Business Without Doing Any Work?

June 8, 2017

What’s the only thing better than making a profitable side-business? Making a profitable side-business without doing any work. First, a little background knowledge. I, like many programmers, enjoy working on the occasional side project. Bringing a program from idea to execution can be extremely satisfying. Although I’ve never made anything that I could monetize, there’s no real reason why I couldn’t. Except, perhaps, for time. Customer service alone is a big task – bigger than I have the bandwidth for when…

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Entrepreneurship

Look Toward Your Vision, but Focus on the Steps Ahead

March 31, 2017

When your company is full of visionaries, it’s easy to forget to focus on the steps you need to take immediately. Maybe you’ve heard the phrase “Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal“, or “BHAG”. A BHAG is a lofty goal that outsiders might consider impossible, but your company works toward and believes they can accomplish. Ours is to energize every child in the world! What’s yours? A team that believes in their big vision is driven to work on the cause. However, there are important pitfalls to…

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Teamwork

When Problems Become Jokes, They Don’t Get Solved

March 20, 2017

Team members joking about problems is a common trend across low-performing teams and organizations. Have you ever been on a team where bad behaviour gets glazed over, and problems become jokes? “Uh oh, looks like Gaby is half an hour late to another meeting!” “Jim forgot to record a client’s details again, classic!” “Ha, why is Lana even a manager if no one ever listens to her?” Does this sound familiar? Are you guilty of this? Maybe it seems like it’s all in good fun because…

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Personal

Beginnings

November 13, 2016

I’m currently working on a product called X Life, a daily self-regulation and key life skill tool for school communities. It’s my third serious foray into the worlds of startups and education. My introduction to the company was unnaturally serendipitous, and the job feels like a culmination of everything I’ve learned over the years – startups, technology and working with children. When I began studying computer science, I stopped working as a swim instructor/lifeguard at camps and began hanging around the Digital Media Zone, a startup incubator in…

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