Michael Buffington has done it all, seen it all: he's been employed, freelanced, founded an acquired startup (more than once). He's currently Director of Grasshopper Labs, a bootstrapped products company. Michael is Keynote-speaker-riffic because he has done it all, and he can speak authoritatively, from experience, on the most fun & rewarding thing of all. He is here to PUMP. YOU. UP!
Time To Start, Schnitzelconf Quotes, We're not building spaceships, Security through not telling anyone, If you're not paying for it...you're the product, do epic shit, Pick a good co-founder, be a good cofounder, Balsamiq is like my second child...or more like a monster that requires six people, Exercise, I hate santa claus, 50/50 equity split =, increased chance of failure, 70/30 seems to be sweetspot, Climate Change, lots of hockey sticks, global doom, 2% of the world's coral is alive, 5% of these are in aquariums, 99% of the world's wealth is held by 1% of the world's population, 1 in 6 lives in poverty, Big Giant Companies, 913 employ more than 10K people, these 913 employ 30.5 M people, revenue is $8.9 billion, av salary= $40l/year, Small Companies, 2.8 million with 1 -5 employees, employ 5.7 million, av rev. $347,800, av sal $27,320, Stagnation, Henry Ford, Thinking is the hardest work any one can do - which is probably the reason why we have so few thinkers., Curriculum is heavily weighted towards satisfying the needs of the workplace, not the needs of the individual, Yet it's the arts that society most reves., art, music, dance, creative writing, Education wants kids to color within the lines, Education does not want, jumping ahead, anything that can't be measured, Learning creativity and happiness, Creativity, children learn through adjustment, effect your environment and enjoy it, every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. - Picasso., Happiness, learning and accomplishing, Purpose, being part of something larger than themselves, the benefits of being part of a group are better than individual fame, Why talk about any of this?, Your needs will be met, how?, What do you really want to do?, Make money?, You're wrong, You probably won't make money, you'll be miserable trying, it's not attractive, What if you make money?, what will keep you going?, What would you do with infinite wealth?, How long could you be idle?, When would all the toys lose their appeal?, what would make your days worthwhile?, Expose yourself to new and foreign things - example: apes fighting mechanical apes, Write down tasks that get you to your goal, Cheese, vs., walk to the corner store, and purchase the stinkiest cheese for less than $15, For at least 10 minutes write down what you love about the products or services you spend money on, Keep your day job, once you get rolling, Stay small, it's good to have competitors, eco-friendly, forces you to avoid VC, If the 1st VC you talk to gives you money - this is the best scenario, Seek purpose, the world needs purpose driven businesses to succeed, you can be purpose driven and make a profit, consumers are sensitive about the values/ethics/purpose of the companies whose services/products they purchase, as transparency increases, so will sensitivity, profits can amplify purpose, corporations simply can not move as fast as small businesses can., Now go do that!, Questions for Michael, Attitude changed towards pricing?, I don't know if it has changed., You must provide something valuable, makes economic sense, Time Machine - advice to a younger you, Dude, don't sweat it, you got a time machine comin', but seriously..., don't sweat it, you don't always need to execute quickly