This is what I wrote in my notebook yesterday... Some of it only makes sense to me.
XOXO DAY ONE
Studio Neat - Dan Provost & Tom Gerhardt
A cool looking animation app
Book about design.
Scratch your own itch - if you have a problem, someone else probably has it too.
Simplicity as a business goal.
Being tiny keeps things agile.
Focus ---> Profides time to focus on details
** Sell your own stuff
"1,000 true fans" - principle that says this is all you need to do well.
A fan is someone who can consistently relied upon to buy.
Directcness - Direct connection between makers and fans
** You can't please everyone.
CONSTRAINTS ARE LIBERATING
(find this quote about filmaking by Stanley Kubrick) - basically it's about Learning by doing.
Atoms are the new bits! - 3D printing
Keep core in house - outsource the rest. Meaning in house is your vision, your product, your code, your design. Outsource all the other crap.
MAKE IT IN AMERICA
Patents are over rated! (for us) = small company. Patents are a bet.
Retail is not necessary. - Warby Parker Glasses, Zappos, Dollar Shave Club
Tell a story. Show how the sausage gets made. This connects you with your customers and vice versa.
Instapaper dude - Personification. Connected to a human.
Prices are whole numbers. $20 not $19.99
** Opt in, not opt out - This is about trust and trying not to fool your customers.
Under promise and over deliver
Deadlines are not a feature
The Gruber Effect. John Gruber - Daring Fireball
PASSION SHOUL BE THE MAIN MOTIVATOR
Teux Deux app
Work on something you are passionate about.
People seem to hate PayPal.
IT Crowd Shirt
Sock it To me.
ebook of 3,000 comics
Indie Game - The Movie
Steam, DVD, VHX, iTunes
- This talk was great, but then I started day dreaming about making a documentary about the music industry and where it is today and wher it is going. There seems to be a lot of confusion and insanity about how to survive as an independent musician or band or songwriter.
World Of Goo
"Specialized Tool" (title of job for someone that works for a large company)
The story behind the product... this comes up again. People like to feel connected to your product and how its made. It's more real.
Bre Pettis / MakerBot
I love this guy.
"Let's help eachother"
YouTube didn't like her nose ring. (a statement on the comments on her videos)
Racord Label = "Just me and my mom."
(had a thought about using Etsy to sell Quagmire product (music and merch)
1. Failure is the greatest teacher
"Pivot" (hates the word)
2. Money is the least interesting problem.
A money first mentality or strategy is not good. Money gets in the way.
(Find the post by Tim O'Reilly about "Stuff That Matters")
3. Success is fleeting.
Don't rest on your laurels.
Keynote - Dan Harmon
What's a keynote address?
TV is dying.
Internet and connecting. Connect to people.
Subtle masterbation joke.
Money ruins everything
Keep finding new ways to connect
Follow your bliss - Then keep following it.
You can find an audience by "staying put" (lost in a mall analogy)
Keep yelling or waving your hands in place until people find you.
Later at the screening of Heat Vision and Jack, Dan spoke about how to pitch a TV show to a network. But this applies to anything you're pitching. Talk about the thing that you are pitching like you are telling someone about your favorite TV show. What is so great about it, why do you love it? Show your enthusiasm. Show your passion. - This resonated with me. Often times I play down the idea or concept that I'm pitching out of insecurity.