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[personaldev] Intellectual sandboxes
Some of you have been asking what I'm planning to do work-wise.  Basically, my plan is to spend the next six months or so converging on a new idea for a business.  I'm going to start by creating an intellectual sandbox which allows be to brainstorm widely and play around, and then I will gradually start to focus in on what's most likely to succeed.  Here's how I break it down:

Phase 1:  Gather & play
-    Go to lots of meetups and conferences on different topics of interest.  Meet experts in various fields and talk to them.
-    Play around with lots of different technologies and pieces of content.
-    Create a big cluster chart of areas of interest.
-    Maintain lists of complaints about the world as it is as well as ideas

Phase 2: More targeted play
-    Pick up skills and do small projects in areas of interest.
-    Do more targeted brainstorms with others around specific projects.

Phase 3: Focus
-    Evaluate various efforts, and pick most promising one.
-    Areas to consider around a promising business idea:
     -    Where I can most leverage my existing skills
     -    Where I’m most passionate
     -    Short time to proof of concept?
     -    Short path to profitability?
     -    Who else I find that shares passion for the idea
     -    Competitive landscape

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Only as DL as a comment in a public lj post visible to all the world as well as search engines such as Google, Yahoo etc. :-)

But yeah, let's talk more offline. I am curious what types of work interest you.

Assuming you'll be doing a VC/angel round, you ought to talk to CEOs of companies out there trying to get funding; it seems like only a narrow range of projects are being accepted in the current market.

If you end up doing something related to learning in big distributed systems, ping me :)

At the moment I'm generally interested in things that can either turn a profit or show a rapidly building userbase without getting *any* outside funding. (Basically, that means it has to show some success using only the efforts of 2-3 founders and a little capital investment) That's not to say that I'd be against funding if it were offered under good terms.

Edited at 2009-07-24 02:22 am (UTC)

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