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Impatience!

8 Sep

Hi all,

This is going to be more of a frustrated rant more than a piece of writing that will add any value to the lives of people reading this..unless they like to oversee a good old rant!

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For the last three days I’ve been mainly confined to my bedroom with boxes of orange juice and tissues. I complained yesterday to my girlfriend that I’d been out of work for the last two days..she patiently explained to me that it is what a lot of people tend to call a ‘weekend’.

Anyway it’s now Monday and I plan to be back into the office tomorrow..taking it slightly easier from now on so I stop running myself into the ground like this every few months.

In bed today I’ve been watching a few documentaries on start-ups:

Nothing to lose – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4g_Hq2pwao
Start up kids – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2279353/

 

During the second of these I began to feel a building frustration and impatience. I think it’s a feeling I’ve been keeping down for a long time. After a year now it’s starting to rise. I keep feeling like I’m playing a game on a really old computer with slow internet…whenever I press a button (or make a business/product decision) I have to wait weeks, or months for the result.

This is the painful part of having a startup where you are having to bootstrap and cannot create the product yourself..you must wait. And it sucks.

The way I’m trying to remedy this is by focusing on preparing the next steps – i.e. the next product development costs, monetisation strategies.

I’ve also started working on an online course – ’30 days of mental well-being’ – publishing on Udemy. This is probably what made me ill – I set a deadline of two months to complete the course and man has it been hard – creating lecture slides, recording audio’s, video instructions, interviews, quizzes, and text. It was all going well, and ahead of schedule and then I realised that my microphone had malfunctioned in recording 13 of the lectures! That made me really angry with myself. So I’ve taken these sick days to not think about it and try and come back to it tomorrow with a fresh head. I hope some of you guys will check it out when it’s ready! I’ll be posting it on my website – http://www.rizenow.com.

Speaking of the website – I decided to describe my personal journey from depression to start up in  video on my website, so feel free to take a look 🙂

 

So how about all of you…anyone else find similarmfrustrations in their work/relationships/lives?

 

 

 

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Sloths! New startups, pivots, and a few reviews

12 May

I’ve got good things to share today! I have some frustrations to include, but also quite a few good nuggets of information and tools for prospective startups like myself!

This month has seen me facing a few challenges. For Remap (the app I’m developing for mental well-being) I’m looking for a co-founder so I’m giving a presentation at an ‘app programmers’ meetup next week to see if I can find a programmer who can join the team and make the app without costing any money (just equity).

Another interesting place I’ve found, if you’re looking for a co-founder for your enterprise, OR you want to join a start-up check out – http://www.cofounderslab.com/ . A place where you can post or browse entrepreneurial opportunities, usually involving equity. Very exciting place.

On top of this I’ve been checking out this other blog – http://www.gameacademy.com – it’s all about outsourcing all of the work to develop an app game. It’s from there I got inspiration for a side project. I’ve identified that Remap is going to take a long time to get off the ground – a complicated app, and an even more complicated concept.

So to prevent me going crazy with frustration while finding a co-founder for Remap, I’ve decided to create a second app just for fun. A game that I can outsource the work for relatively cheap and feel like I’m finally getting traction with something.

Iiiiiiintroducing

SLOTH HOP

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Free download of Sloth Hop here for all android and ios devices! 😀

Google play:  http://tiny.cc/u7ushx Itunes:

If you’re on twitter feel free to follow and share 🙂 – @slothhop.

 

So that’s the icon for the app and I have the same people who did this design working on creating the app this week. I found the designers and developers to do this on – http://www.elance.com. It’s a great website where you post a technical job that needs doing and hundreds of designers/programmers/etc will apply for the job and tell you how much they will charge and how long it will take. I’m getting this app made for £350 in two weeks. It’s a very simple game, same complexity as flappy bird, but different game. Anyway I’m very, very excited.

Why?

It means I can finally get into some sales and marketing. I’ve been in ‘development mode’ for a year now and it’s gotten incredibly boring. I’ve definitely learned an incredible amount, but I need something to keep my energy going and this will be perfect for it.

How am I paying for it? Through my music. I’ve had a lot of gigs recently, so instead of new shoes, I’m making an app this month 😀

So yeh please follow my ol sloth hop venture on twitter, and I’ll announce the release date of this app in the near future.

 

Now back to Remap. So for a long time I’ve stubbornly insisted the next version must include lots of ‘essential’ features, great graphics, and no skimping…even though I can’t afford it, or have anyone to do this for me.

…Then I started reading a book called ‘The lean start-up’

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Review – An amazing book that is a fantastic read for anyone….in my opinion it can be applied in so many areas of life – startups, science, even personal lives. The biggest message can be summed up in this picture

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Whatever your idea ‘build’ it. Build the most basic version of it possible. Then test it, learn what worked what didn’t, then develop and build a bit more, then measure how good this next build is, learn from it, and build on it again. If things aren’t working then ‘pivot’ and try to build something slightly different to reach your end goal.

So from just reading this I’ve learnt a lot about what I should do. I’ve pivoted slightly with the functionality of the app, and have designed a ‘minimal viable product’ – with only the most basic functions of the app, and I’ve fortunately found an awesome designer/developer from Pakistan on [www.getacoder.com] who is designing this for me for free, and if I like it we create the next version together and I pay him £300 (ridiculously cheap!). While I’m waiting to find my co-founder I believe this is a fantastic path to walk in creating the next basic version, testing it, measure what works and doesn’t, so that the third version can be fantastic.

 

Yeh, good month! Keep your eyes peeled for Sloth hop (my game app) and thanks to everyone who’s always supporting me for Remap and believing in me and my idea..especially my girlfriend who has to listen to these ideas, revelations, and madness 24/7!!

Happy slothing 🙂

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Picking up where we left off

24 Oct

Hey guys!

It’s 4am and the sleep just isn’t coming, and suddenly I thought it’s time to get back to my wordpress peeps!

First off a big apology for not posting in recent weeks! I think it’s just a matter that I’ve been incredibly busy now that I’m on the Cambridge Accellerator Program, but it’s no excuse.

This blog is important to me and the ultimate message I’m trying to communicate with everyone is similarly something I feel passionately about — that opportunity awaits everyone just round the corner- whether in the business world or other; how can you take the first steps.

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So my work has now boiled down to three projects. I work on average, each week about 40 hours for LifePets – my game on mental well-being – I’m spending my time  developing the storyline of the game and the concepts involved – whilst carrying out businessy things like marketing, value propositions, building a network, etc. Beginning of next month I’ll be paying my game team to develop the prototype.

With BlueSkies – my wildlife conservation organisation I spend 5 – 10 hours a week – simply because I don’t have any extra time – it’s still going really well though. We’re currently forming partnerships with conservation organisations and vital networks in order to boost and diversify our membership base, we’ve been invited to conservation symposiums to give talks and focused workshops, and generally spreading out well – my team is doing really well also which is brilliant.

My third project, music, is also going well. I’m progressing really well in my abilities, and thoroughly enjoying the creative process – even though it does take up a great deal of my spare time!

So all in all things are going well – I barely have any down time, which I’m sure will have to change as time goes on – I’m working hard and progressing, and I’ll keep going with a bit of encouragement from my wordpress community 🙂

Alright back to bed Blueskies!! Thanks for listening all. I’ll be getting back into posting once each week so keep your eyes peeled here!

Happy progessing