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Resume Templates from GraphicRiver. The big quest for the perfect job can be a scary process, but you're definitely not alone. So find comfort in a resume template that highlights the best parts of you to make your childhood dreams possible. As you probably know, a lot of resumes can be completely ignored by recruiters for their lack of originality, for being pretty bland and straightforward. But designers are now crushing the game with unique and eye-catching styles! Not a bad idea to show your graphic design skills right from the start.

A great resume template is just one step forward to landing your dream job. Here are a few extra benefits to the perfect design: Resumes showcase your professionalism immediately. Now that you know what to look for, it's time to get started. So what can you expect from one of these templates? Premium designs you're sure to love. Care este diferenţa dintre un start-up tehnologic şi un "lifestyle business"? — Crossover. Fondatorii unui start-up de tehnologie strâng bani de la investitori de capital de risc (venture capital), pe care îi investesc apoi într-un pariu făcut cu dezvoltarea şi lansarea unui produs software inovativ şi disruptiv de succes, ce incită interesul unui număr mare de utilizatori, pe care încearcă apoi să îl vândă cât mai scump corporaţiilor, marilor jucători de pe piaţă. Unii reuşesc în acest pariu riscant şi provocator, cei mai mulţi însă nu. Pentru fiecare start-up care vinde afacerea şi face milioane, există alte sute care eşuează.

Menirea unui start-up este să crească suficient de mult şi de repede pentru a genera rentabilitate ridicată investitorilor care au crezut în el şi au mizat pe ideea lui. Chiar cu preţul sacrificării temporare a vieţii tihnite a antreprenorilor şi angajaţilor lor. Din contră, cei ce optează pentru "lifestyle business" fac doar ceea ce le place, atât cât le place şi cât e necesar pentru a putea trăi o viaţă fericită în prezent, acum şi aici. Nomad List — Best Cities to Live and Work Remotely for Digital Nomads. Don't Be A Free User (Pinboard Blog) Don't Be A Free User These projects are all very different, but the dynamic is the same. Someone builds a cool, free product, it gets popular, and that popularity attracts a buyer. The new owner shuts the product down and the founders issue a glowing press release about how excited they are about synergies going forward.

They are never heard from again. Whether or not this is done in good faith, in practice this kind of 'exit event' is a pump-and-dump scheme. To avoid this problem, avoid mom-and-pop projects that don't take your money! If every additional user is putting money in the developers' pockets, then you're less likely to see the site disappear overnight. To illustrate, I have prepared this handy chart: What if a little site you love doesn't have a business model? I love free software and could not have built my site without it. So stop getting caught off guard when your favorite project sells out!

Like a service? DISCLAIMER: I run a paid bookmarking site. Anybody can monetize their passion (now) Startup = Growth. September 2012 A startup is a company designed to grow fast. Being newly founded does not in itself make a company a startup. Nor is it necessary for a startup to work on technology, or take venture funding, or have some sort of "exit. " The only essential thing is growth. Everything else we associate with startups follows from growth. If you want to start one it's important to understand that. Redwoods Let's start with a distinction that should be obvious but is often overlooked: not every newly founded company is a startup. When I say startups are designed to grow fast, I mean it in two senses. That difference is why there's a distinct word, "startup," for companies designed to grow fast.

To grow rapidly, you need to make something you can sell to a big market. For a company to grow really big, it must (a) make something lots of people want, and (b) reach and serve all those people. Writing software is a great way to solve (b), but you can still end up constrained in (a). Ideas Rate Value. Customer Experience & UX Design Agency | Digital Telepathy. I'm Launching 12 Startups in 12 Months. I liked the idea of Jennifer Dewalt’s 180 websites in 180 days. However, unlike Jennifer who learned web development from scratch, I can already build stuff. My challenge is to actually finish and launch my projects. So for the next 12 months, I’ve set the goal to launch 12 startups in 12 months. Problem one: finishing We creatives have one common problem: finishing things. Problem two: launching And then there’s our other problem: fear of failure. It’s killing good ideas Like so many, I’ve suffered from these problems for years.

Changing habits So I’ve decided to take things into my own hands. It’ll be like a tiny personal hyperfast incubator. We’ll see where I am in 12 months, but I think I’ll have more to show for my name. “! I expect many people to go mental seeing me use the term “startup” for this. Many people wait to get that big vision while staying idle. So let’s define a startup: — Eric Ries in Startup Lessons Learned A startup is a company designed to grow fast. My progress report. Startups Posts. On self-funding startups. With funded startups often founders get into business purely because there’s a big opportunity. Some growing market in need of a solution.

Or perhaps a model is copied from a successful startup in a foreign market, and executed in a home market. Personally I can’t imagine working on a problem that I am less than fanatical about solving. I can’t imagine coming into work every day trying to solve a problem that is alien to me just because of a potential pot of gold waiting somewhere. . — Yong Fook on why he self-funded. Colin Nederkoorn. Customer email and messaging platform for product and marketing teams |

How I build my minimum viable products. Since I’ve launched my 12 startups in 12 months challenge, the #1 question I get asked is about my work flow and how I can ship so fast. I don’t work particularly longer hours than most people (I think). I do work fast and rough. In this post, I’d like to show you the basics of how my I build my minimum viable products (or MVPs). First, a public service announcement, I don’t do things conventionally and probably not according to the rules. Especially not with these 12 projects. So it’d be a bad idea to follow how I do things exactly. Solve your own problems, or not? I start with an idea. As you see, most of my ideas are actually there to solve my own problems — as David Heinemeier Hansson calls it scratching your own itch). Is that good though?

My development philosophy In terms of development I sympathize highly with Colin from whose site is aptly titled I Am Not A Programmer. If you look at any of my sites, they’re very minimal [1] and basic [2]. My development environment. How I build my minimum viable products. How I hacked Slack into a community platform with Typeform. In the last few weeks I built a Slack community around digital nomads called #nomads. It now has over 1,250 members that talk to each other daily. Slack was originally meant as a team communication platform, but it functions surprisingly well at large-scale as a community platform. Slack doesn’t allow people to sign up directly though. The team’s admin needs to invite people manually. Today, I’ll show how I combined a few services to fix that and transform Slack into a community platform.

Accepting new sign ups As Slack doesn’t support this out of the box, we need to make a way for people to sign up. That button links them to this form. Inviting them to Slack Until now every day I had to go sign in to Typeform, download all the sign ups and then go to Slack and copy-paste them into the invites box: This becomes a hassle though and I started getting tweets of people that weren’t invited when I forgot to do it some days. Let’s automate it Getting new signups from Typeform So it ends here?

Productivity Software Startups on BetaList. Startups Startups on BetaList. How I sped up Nomad List by 31% with SPDY, CloudFront and PageSpeed. These days building an MVP is easy, launching it is a challenge but if you succeed, usually your site will stay up (since it’s such a basic version). The problem really starts when you start growing your site, and your site’s traffic starts growing with it. That’s what happened with Nomad List. In half a year it grew to over 500,000 pageviews per month, with over 100 million assets served per month. That’s about 200 assets per page load, mostly pictures of the cities). My tiny Linode NGINX server has been pretty good at handling it, but it hasn’t made the site particularly fast.

The thing is, when your site is going well, you’re now competing with all the other big sites. I mean, honestly, I do the same. Testing I used Pingdom to test load times. We continue. Basic caching I already implemented basic caching months ago. I made this: php -f /srv/http/ — ‘currency=usd’ — ‘units=metric’ > /srv/http/ CloudFront by AWS PageSpeed. How to add shareable pictures to your website with some PhantomJS magic. Filipe Carmona (@filcarmona) asked me: Good question, Jack! Oh your name isn’t Jack! Well, anyway let me get your John Hancock and let’s get down to brass tax here, Charlie. When websites get shared on social media like Facebook and Twitter, they’re quickly opened by Facebook and Twitter’s robots. Let’s say you open up San Francisco on Nomad List: The robots will scour the page looking for these HTML tags to find an image they can use to show with this tweet or Facebook post.

Pretty boring, right? So you need an image! It’s almost the same as what you see on the main page of Nomad List, a little box full of data about the city with the city’s name clearly in the center. I could make this in HTML, but how the hell do I make this in a PNG or JPG file? I was thinking of generating it dynamically with Imagemagick, as in like pseudo-code this: load image San Francisco draw image San Francisco at x=0 y=0 draw text San Francisco at x=0 y=150 but center (oh fuck this is never going to work) But HEY! We have an epidemic of bad posture. What happens if you Google “coworking space”? You see people working hard. I see lots of necks, backs, arms, wrist and hands that will need phyiscal therapy in the next decade. My story of RSI Until I packed up, started to travel and got a MacBook to work from, I never had any RSI.

Suddenly I was working from hostel dorms, hotel rooms, coffee shops, bars, pools, roof tops, anything really. It only took a month to get my first problems. I started getting a tingling feeling in my wrist and hands. I met Darren in Bangkok who had previously had RSI, and gave me a wrist support. I tried tiger balm on my wrist which would reduce the pain. It didn’t stop there. I was now applying tiger balm almost on my entire body to try and reduce the pain. I knew if this would continue, it’d make it impossible for me to work one day.

So how do we fix this? Don’t use your MacBook (or laptop’s) keyboard and trackpad They’re evil. Keyboard Get a keyboard that’s as low as possible on the table and not curved. Mouse. Bootstrapping Side Projects into Profitable Startups. I presented about bootstrapping startups to profit at Dutch startup school Growth Tribe. Here’s the transcript. It’s pretty rough because I had to be very practical in my presentation, but I hope it’s useful for you! Also sorry for the layout on a few of these slides, I did it in Keynote and didn’t have a lot of time. Video will be up soon too of this. This presentation was about 30 minutes long and is everything I know about bootstrapped startups really. Most of it comes straight from my book that’s out soon which you can pre-order now already: MAKE. Here’s the video thanks to Growth Tribe for filming it (colors of slides are a bit off but ok): Sorry for my face, it does these things sometimes ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Sooooo I’m here because of a Twitter argument with this startup school’s founder (scroll down to skip to the good part!).

There’s too much bullshit Dutch startup founder Alexander Klöpping from Blende tweets “I have a question. And they can’t even keep their site up: And I don’t mean: Idea.