Archive for October, 2009
I saw this video by the guy who started Mint.com, which I use and think is excellent. What I love about Mint is that it is simple, it does what you want it to, but no more, and it looks pretty and just works well…
The speech is quite good too if you are interested in starting up a company like he did. see it here: http://vimeo.com/6960507
What I found quite interesting is the VC / money raising opportunities in the USA. We just didn’t have that in Australia when we first started out, which is good and bad. Good because we still own and control the whole company, but bad because we did have, and still do have some personal hardship.
Aaron Patzer talks about how he had to ‘barely survive’ on US$30k a year in SF. I know that Olly, Dean and I would have loved $30k a year in the first year (or two!); as it was we each went almost $30k in credit card debt (Thanks KPMG for giving me a good enough rating to sustain that amount!).
Haha thats sounding like a ‘you never had it as hard as me’ story!… but I do tip my hat to Aaron, who built and sold Mint for $170m within 3 years! half the time we have been around, which is very impressive considering he did nothing new or innovative. Just executed really well with really good usability!
Part of me wishes he had continued and taken on the big guys and beaten them. I reckon he could have!