Category: Business

Not Seeking Approval / Feedback

This has mostly been me in approaching growing my business. From Seth Godin’s blog: The trap of listening to feedback “If I listened to feedback, I would have quit on the first day.” You’re devoting your life to making something important. Something helpful. Something that matters. Mostly, something that hasn’t been done before, that’s going

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On Founders Not Being CEO

I often think about my decision to make someone else the ‘CEO’ as Ministry of Testing.  And as anyone would, they would look for stories about others doing the same. I love the Indie Hackers community and was listening to this podcast with Max Lytvyn from Grammarly.  In it he discusses his reason for him and

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Removing Myself As The Single Point of Failure

I realised, a couple of years ago, as my little company grew a certain amount of structure, process and communication was important for it to survive. Not too much. Not too little.  But just the right amount. About 18 months ago I wrote an email to Derek, just saying hi and talking about my current

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Business As An Enabler

Most text books say businesses exist to make profit.  I disagree and feel this is an excuse to be selfish.  People separate themselves as humans when they hide behind a business entity.  They feel it is ok to do certain things because they stay within business and tax laws. As my ideas around business mature,

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There’s No Business Like Slow Business

Society is obsessed with ‘Quick’ We want a quick fix diet. A quick route to being fit and healthy. Fast (but good) food. A well paying job, now. With big rewards in the near future. That big house, now. An overnight business success. How many ads and books do you see trying to sell you

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The Loneliness of Business

Sometimes running a business is hard. Bootstrapping brings it’s own separate challenges – much of it is wanting to do so much but having very limited resources to make stuff happen.  This is often a blessing in disguise. Whilst I network with testers and talk to the community about things, there are certain things I don’t

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You Should Be Proud Of Yourself

I tend not to big myself up.  I often prefer to keep my head down and just get on with stuff. (And seriously, I’m not looking for compliments here.  It’s part of my story.) My husband tells me I should be proud of what I’ve achieved.  And I am.  But I haven’t really shared this in

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How Rosie Leans In

I was recently pointed towards the TedTalk and then Lean In book of Sheryl Sandberg.  She’s the COO of Facebook.  I had never heard of her until a few weeks ago. My first reaction was, umm, pro-women-feminist-leadership. Yawn.  I’ve read enough about that.  The fact that her experience is at a very high level also

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