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Entrepreneurs work extremely hard and within high pressure environments. It’s eat or die. Always hustling and hacking to the next meal. Physically demanding. Requires crazy smarts. Your mental fortitude is tested every day.
Entrepreneurs have the opportunity to change the world through their ideas and passion. But how do entrepreneurs turn their ideas into scalable business models?
Bek joins us for another Show Your Work meetup. He'll be discussing what it looks like to run lean experiments as you transition into scale. Come to engage in the conversation, not just to listen to a presentation.
Bek founded My Super Dispatch in 2013 as a software product focused on eliminating paperwork in the transportation industry. My Super Dispatch Mobile Apps and Cloud platform help transportation companies eliminate paperwork, manage fleets, track shipments, and integrate with existing software systems. Bek has facilitated Lean Startup Weekends and other community events as a Lean Evangelist.
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Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
I think there's an easy way of putting your work out there and making it discoverable while you're focused on getting really good at what you do. Instead of wasting your time "networking", take advantage of a network by generously sharing your ideas and knowledge. Share your work in a way that attracts people who might be interested in what you do. If Steal Like an Artist was a book about stealing influence, this book is about how to influence others by letting them steal from you.
If you look back closely at history, many of the people who we think of as lone geniuses were actually part of "a whole scene of people who were supporting each other, stealing ideas, and contributing ideas."
We're terrified of being revealed as amateurs, but in fact, today it is the amateur who often has the advantage over the professional. Amateurs are not afraid to make mistakes or look ridiculous in public. Amateurs might lack formal training, but they're all lifelong learners, and they make a point of learning in the open so that others can learn from their failures and successes.
Audiences not only want to stumble across great work, but they, too, long to be creative and part of the creative process.
Don't be the lame guys at the record store arguing over who's the more "authentic" punk rock band. Don't try to be hip or cool. Being open and honest about what you like is the best way to connect with people who like those things, too.
You want feedback from people who care about you and what you do. Be extra wary of feedback from anybody who falls outside of that circle. A troll is a person who isn't interested in improving your work, only provoking you with hateful, aggressive, or upsetting talk.
"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked." -- Steve Jobs
"A lot of people are so used to just seeing the outcome of work. They never see the side of the work you go through to produce the outcome." -- Michael Jackson
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The Sprint Accelerator is free to use, and we welcome members of the community to come over during open hours. It's a great place to meet with other co-workers or just connecting with our free Wi-Fi. Monday - Friday: 9.00am - 4pm
When & Where
Lawrence Andre and Ari Kern
Lawrence and Ari lament that entrepreneurs wait too long before showing their projects to others. Ari and Lawrence started this event to engage other entrepreneurs and create an "intentional collision" by showing their work.