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Things I learned from the Small Product Lab

It has been nearly 2 weeks since I launched my first ever product. I had planned this post for last week, but life got in the way (as it does). The Small Product Lab was a rush! 10 days to conceptualize, create, market and launch a product, guided by a daily email and supported by an…

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Launched! Power Your Learning now available

For the last 10 days, I’ve been participating in the Gumroad Small Product Lab. Today is launch day. At 9 a.m. EST, my workbook Power Your Learning: Plan for Success in Your Next 20 Hour Learning Project went live. If you want to learn fast, this workbook is  designed to help you with: Choosing the next…

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Pre-launch jitters (Gumroad SPL Day 10)

Tomorrow is the big day. I’ve set it so that while I am headed to work in the morning, my product “Power Your Learning: Plan for Success with Your Next 20 Hour Learning Project” will go live, zooming through cyberspace to all those who pre-ordered it, and available for immediate download for new buyers. This…

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Focus on launching (Gumroad SPL Day 8)

Today’s big assignment was to detail our launch plan. I had most of mine done from earlier in the challenge so that was easy. So today, for me, was about product. I am 75% done with the worksheets and I am happy with the layout. The featured image on this post is a sneak peek…

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How to price a product (Gumroad SPL Day 7)

Today for the Gumroad Small Product Lab they asked us to reflect on our goals for the challenge and decide on a pricing strategy. I went through much of this process couple days ago so that I could put up my pre-order page (we’ve pointed this out to them). So I’m sharing the thought process…

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Creating beautiful covers (Gumroad SPL Day 6)

Yesterday I announced that my workbook is available for pre-order. With that announcement I shared the final cover image for version 1 (yes, there will be a version 2). I had actually created 4 different cover images and got some feedback to help me choose one. The one I ended up with happened to be…

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Available for pre-orders (Gumroad SPL Day 5)

We are half way through the Gumroad Small Product Lab challenge. It has been a pretty hectic week. Trying to do this alongside a regular 9-5 day job is challenging to say the least. But I got here. There’s still a lot of work to do before launch day, but today’s focus was about nailing…

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Marketing a small product (Days 3 and 4)

So clearly if one is hoping to sell a product, then people need to know about it. And that means marketing. Of course, that is probably the second most difficult thing for me with projects like this. Because then I have to tell people what I’m doing, and risk them either not caring or thinking…

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Taking a giant step forward

I am finally picking up momentum on my goals for this year. The first step was working on my Personal Productivity, which I finally started properly during my Continuous Creation Challenge a couple weeks ago. Although there was no implied ranking or order in my list of goals, I have found myself taking on the…

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techPEAKS’ Demo Day

Check out my overview of TechPeaks’ Demo Day, including my live tweeted commentary. You can see the list of startups that pitched and check out their websites for more information.

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Disrupt or die, baby!

Last weekend was a working weekend, even more so than normal. A small group of TechPeakers and a few “outsiders” spent two learning how to “Disrupt or Die”. This is the name of the workshop run by Vlad and Catalina from Geekcelerator.

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First time consulting on startupping

As part of the TechPeaks programme, participants are expected to “give back” through collaboration and consulting to local companies and organizations. The project I have volunteered for has already begun to reap massive benefits both for them and for myself and my colleague. Startup lessons abound!

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Brainstorming New Startup Ideas

After my TechPeaks team broke up, I had to find a new idea to work on. My criteria were it needed to be something that interested me, a viable business idea and feasible to tackle in a 3 month timeframe. I dove into brainstorming mode to churn out possibilities.

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