I don’t get the start-up culture for the most part. I get the desire to build something, not the venture capital part. When companies are building replicas of the Dr. Strangelove War Room and The Oval Office, I worry that these companies are just spending money to spend.
Where is the blog of abandoned start-up offices?
Why aren’t they successful first and then build the office they plan to stay in, like Panic?
Clearly, I am not going to get a venture investment anytime soon. Or maybe I will.
Don’t Start a Company, Kid
Sage advice from Aaron Hillegass regarding starting a company:
When you have Enough, the extra money means very little. I’ve been broke, and being broke sucks balls. Having Enough is awesome. How would I define “Enough”? Enough means that you can take a friend out to a nice lunch and not have to worry about how much it costs. I have hung out with a couple of billionaires—my experiences indicate that being a billionaire is just incrementally better than Enough.
Thus, as you look at your future, the question should not be, “How can I become a billionaire?” You should ask, “Where can I get Enough?”
Very few entrepreneurs have Enough; most of them eventually go get jobs.
(And don’t even talk to me about retiring early. There are few things sadder than a smart person who retires early and spends a few decades playing golf and waiting to die. If I am really lucky, I’ll push a clever chunk of code to Github in the morning and die at the dinner table that night.)
The quote from Hacker News that inspired Aaron’s post is the reason why I am comfortable where I am:
Ran out of money. Ran out of credit. Losing house in two months (already foreclosed). Wife pregnant. Three kids all under 6. Pretty sure I am the opposite of everyone here. I am no man. Just a statistic. Everything is gone. Selling spare parts to keep the lights on. It was a nice fantasy, HN. To the rest of you: fight hard and good luck.
When ever I feel like I have had enough of the bureaucracy, enough of working for “the man”. I think about the alternative.
The best part of creating a company is defining a culture. If you can find a company that has a culture you like and will pay you Enough to solve problems, go work for that company. Don’t start your own.
For right now, I can tolerate the culture and I get paid Enough. Thanks Aaron.
Hide Kirby Template Files
In building out a site in Kirby, I have had to create several once off
blueprints. Specifically, for the sitemap, the RSS feed, the search pages. They are things that are needed for the site to work, but I will never be creating another sitemap, etc.
The changes to the three files in the Github Pull request fix this by filtering the list of blueprints.
Tonx, Blade Grinders, Hario Presses
In their newsletter “The Frequency”1, Tonx2 showed how to make the most of a crappy blade grinder.
My eye was caught by the Chemex/French press hybrid visible starting at marker 1:24 and 1:30 and on.
So I fire off this email in reply
What was that beautiful chemex/french press hybrid that Zakiya used during the video? I must have one!
Thanks for the great coffee.
Overnight, I get a response from Tony Konecny, Tonx co-founder.
It’s made by Hario… Not super common in the US and kind of spendy. I’ve seen it online for as low as $80 but typically above $100.
Very well made and the press components feel better than the typical bodum models. I’m liking it a lot so far. If you decide to splurge on one, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it… Maybe we’ll look at trying to score some for our member store.
Kristina Brown (also at Tonx) found the exact model and it is available on Amazon3!