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Life as an Internet StartUp CTO/ProductPerson - Jan'2012 by Mind Map: Life as an Internet StartUp
CTO/ProductPerson - Jan
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Life as an Internet StartUp CTO/ProductPerson - Jan'2012

Why?

ChangeTheWorld

See relatively direct results

Lots of variation, change, learning

Programming

Team leading

Product management, Strategy, Prioritizing

Entrepreneurship, Business model, Sales strategy

Good/fun team-mates

Other growth areas

NBIC

Education, Health, Leisure

My history

Pre-Web

schools

jobs, consulting, hospital, CBS TV

NYC

4 Internet StartUps

Medscape -> WebMD

Corporate-lawyer net-firm

Senior monitoring

ebook distribution

NonProfit

performing arts

still NYC

Starting OneManShow-s

PersonalFinance WebApp

EBook/Community RealityHackers

Context - 3 future scenarios

More of the same

what they're teaching you now

Collapse

hard to prepare for

EconomicTransition

small companies, lean

What my day is (was) like

Call to Pakistan (Skype)

Think about product strategy

new product ideas, priorities

make wireframes

Think about business strategy

types of customers, how to get them

value

partners

Sometimes write code

Discuss with team-mates

plans

documents

wiki, email, IM, skype....

Support customers

email

phone

not much

meetings, committees

paperwork

add as OneManShow

design pages

write selling text

network with people

How to prepare for this

Meta: be a RealityHacker

the new RenaissanceMan

knight, ronin, DungeonMaster

Program or be Programmed

Web, HTML, CSS, the new Word/PowerPoint, MozillaDrumbeat

Python, Django web framework, LearnPythonTheHardWay

JavaScript, CodeAcademy just started

Ruby, RubyOnRails web framework

Merchant

ApprenticeShip

Read/Write

WikiLog, PrivateWiki, wikispaces.com

MindMap

Numeracy

Design

Draw? Sculpt? Photo? Video? Play/compose music? Improv!

Turn consumption into creation

Make/Break/Hack

TinkeringSchool SummerCamp

MakeMag, MakerFaire

50 dangerous things

Your body!

mind-support system!, alive, BrightEyedAndBushyTailed

CaveMan

Brain-MagIck

Play - unstructured slack time

reflection, NoteBook

Reading List

Personal-career

CalNewport blog and books, winning the "current" game with less stress

CoolestSchoolInAmerica

TeenageLiberationHandbook

EscapeFromCubicleNation

CareerRenegade

DanPink, JohnnyBunko (manga)

SF

CoryDoctorow, (ask your parents), Makers, EasternStandardTribe, DownAndOutInTheMagicKingdom, LittleBrother, YoungAdult, *gaming* systems

Daemon (violent)

Summary

Everyone should...

Learn to Program, CodeAcademy

Become a RealityHacker

start a NoteBook

have a MeaningfulLife and AgenCy, not be a NPC

Become a RealityHacker

Bill Seitz (search "webseitz")

fluxent@gmail.com

Questions? Goals?