The 100$ start up

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This is a very practical and at the same time easy to read book. The author Chris Guillebeau will give you thousands of example of "normal", average, extraordinary  people that out of a necessity or an opportunity made a successful business. It is very interesting and give you hints and tips on what you could do on your own. It wasn't practically helpful for me in that way but it is definitely part of the cause of my enlightenment if you could say so. One of the thing that caught my attention was how he  merges practical and technical stuff with thoughtful points which made me ponder a lot on the way I have always perceived business.

Chris  just published a book with an amazing title that obviously caught my attention, Born for this, which I immediately bought. I haven't read it at the time of this publication but I will certainly let you know my thoughts

 

Excerpt:

"As we’ll examine it, convergence represents the intersection between something you especially like to do or are good at doing (preferably both) and what other people are also interested in. The easiest way to understand convergence is to think of it as the overlapping space between what you care about and what other people are willing to spend money on"

"To succeed in a business project, especially one you’re excited about, it helps to th"ink carefully about all the skills you have that could be helpful to others and particularly about the combination of those skills."

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"Microbusinesses aren’t new; they’ve been around since the beginning of commerce. What’s changed, however, is the ability to test, launch, and scale your project quickly and on the cheap. • To start a business, you need three things: a product or service, a group of people willing to pay for it, and a way to get paid. Everything else is completely optional. • If you’re good at one thing, you’re probably good at other things too. Many projects begin through a process of “skill transformation,” in which you apply your knowledge to a related topic. • Most important: merge your passion and skill with something that is useful to other people"

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