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Session: Powering A Lean Startup With Drupal
Day - Time Slot: Tuesday, May 21 - 04:30pm–05:30pm
Speaker: Chris Shattuck
- The business side: Advice and tips
- Part LEAN, part Drupal
- Chris was able to stop working and help is father for a period of time because he is independent and has a product that can sustain itself.
- Employeeship -> Freelancing(OR networking) -> Drupal -> Drupal Employeeship(hit cap on salary/time) -> Split time between sub-contracting and Prototyping video tutorial site -> Stopped working and went 100% Startup
- Goal was 6 months to make it work
- Hit goal in 3 months and never looked back
Transitions - Making the moves
- 3 steps to any transition for everyone
- See next step as less risky than the current position
- Save money(You need money because it takes time to build a product) Set a timeline
- Increase your stamina for uncertainty
- Between Employeeship and your Startup do freelancing
- Why Startup?
- Impact on the world
- More interesting challenges
- Real goal is Happiness
- Happiness is also fuel for the transition
What we know about happiness
- 50% is genetic
- 40% Choice
- 10% Circumstances
- When conditions are making you unhappy you have options to change your situation and therefore make you happier.
- Helping other people can make us happy! It’s physiological.
- After 50k we reach the peak of the happiness that money can provide
Employeeship vs Freelancing
- Time is dictated -> Freedom of time(tend to work more but more when they choose to work)
- Skills are dictated -> Skills are portable(You can choose what skills to build)
- Market disconnect(You make the boss happy) -> Clients are the market(You make the client happy)
- Fixed income cap(politics, seniority) -> Market-based income(Can be more than you make as an employee)
Freelancing is Hard
- Teeter-totter of pain(Feast or famine)
- Overwhelming factor
- Solidarity confinement = Stress
- Freelancing is startup school(There is a goal and end)
- Try freelancing before you quit
- Work for small clients(Closer to the market) Big clients can insulate you from the real world. Smaller clients can be annoying but you will learn a lot
- Read “Getting Things Done”. I completely, 1000% agree.
- Get ergonomic (light, sitting, standing, exercise)
- Have an algorithm (S.E.E.S)
(Sleep, Eating, Exercise, and Sanity)
- Sanity refers to asking yourself questions
- Great portable platform for the morbid(Bus factor or what happens to my clients if I die? With Drupal there vs. custom code their are other developers that can pick up your Drupal project)
- Saves time… eventually
- Sharing is encouraged
- Sharing feels awesome - Drupal is puppies and babies!
- Sharing builds a network (Not having a network is one of the biggest problems in freelancing. Sharing in the Drupal community builds your network)
- Network beats solitude
- Events boost network (Drupal User Groups, Camps, and Conferences. Local, regional, and international. This increased your stamina to freelance longer)
- Drupal skills can be used for your startup
- The cheaper and faster you can build a product the faster you can fail.
- More failure == more chance to success.
- First hand knowledge of the problem space == faster
- Software == Lean
- Restaurant == Not Lean
What good is Drupal to startups
- Build skills while freelancing
- Lots of production options
- Rapidly prototype
- Build your own website
- Network is diverse(All kind to markets within Drupal. Networking occurs naturally at Drupal events)
We all are capable of making transition. Cultivating joy will help you through transitions.