Hotblack on Business

Hotblack on Business

Was talking to Sunil via the ole MSN. He started his own business, Insyst, back in the old country a couple of years ago. I picked his brain for some insights, and he generously he gave! Paraphrased slightly, they are:

  • Decide whether you want to position yourself as an art guy who can program, or a programmer who can do art

  • Decide whether you want to do one-off project work, build a product, or componentized project work

  • Find a strong business development team to partner up to

  • If you want staff eventually, start writing davecorp methodology

  • After developing your methodology, think about how to hire people that can be transformed into mini-Daves


p>I never thought of writing down an actual methodology first. Usually you see this advice expressed as “develop a business plan“. It seems more effective, and even slightly more sinister. Mua ha ha ha!

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  1. hiya dave,

    i was playing around with bing to see what it could do, and the old vanity search surprisingly came up with this page. btw, your link on my name is dead. i left the animals three years ago.

    so, it’s been five years since our conversation. how’d it turn out for you? are you ruling the northern hemisphere, with a bevy of scantily-clad babes drawing and coding for you?

    i stand by what i said 5 years ago… here are a coupla other things i should have mentioned.

    – in a startup, staff turnover can be very high. the teletubbies will become very expensive mini-daves, who will take everything you teach them and seek greener pastures. the first few times you’ll be heartbroken. plan for it, and learn to live with it [easy to say].

    – part of the davecorp methodology should include career paths, so that from day one, each person can imagine himself happily and wealthily at davecorp 5 or 10 years down the track.

    – cashflow is more important than top-line revenue or bottom-line income