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Small, Specific, Executables. For Undergrads to S-T-A-R-T-U-P

by Larry Chiang on August 27, 2015

By Larry Chiang
Starting is so painful that founders actually release a brain chemical that masks the memory of that pain. 
Since 1884, nothing has really changed.

Here is the good news, should you consider reading further…

Momentum and flow is all around you. Energy is all around. Aim small and start ever-so-small. 

I have identified AtxStartupWeekAustin Startup Week is ripe. AtxStartupWeek is a hashtag. AtxStartupWeek is nearly open source (like Uber, Tesla and Duck9. Patent free. Free for you to piggyback!
Asse9 Austin Secret (@asse9)
It’s innovative, @AtxStartupWeek, is. But how can you at a student, distribute #ASW15, better!?

When you promote something, you are doing something that is very difficult. Sales makes people cry. Sales, and the lack of sales skills stalls out careers. Sometimes, it kills your career dead. 

The concept of inventing something that sells itself or birthing an idea you just license has never worked. Peter Thiel’s chart:
I got my start doing lead generation for Peter’s Illinois engineering team. Yup, Peter used ILLINOIS engineers to do business development and new customer acquisition for PayPal. Peter is a VC now who taught CS 183. This lecture was lecture 5, CS 183b. CS 183b is a sequel class to CS 183 which is like CS 178 (the UT Startup class, not the Stanford engineering photography class 😹

Promote #ASW15

CEO of Duck9, Larry (@6502838008)
(FICO) #Austin#Startup. Week. = #ASW15 (Oct 5-9)
#LCASW15 Oct 1-12, 2015 (it annexes 2 weekends of…

Perhaps, do an 11 minute 
#ASW15, “afterparty”. Serve tap water and maybe sell $5 slices of pizza to rich tech execs. (So, counterintuitive, but rich execs love to get ripped off by CS majors)

Asse9 Austin Secret (@asse9)

Austin Startup Week (@AtxStartupWeek)
Calling all meetups! Want to be a part of Austin Startup Week this year? Sign up to host your meetup at

#FreeCreditReport (@freecreditrepor)
#LCASW15 Oct 1-12, 2015 (it annexes 2 weekends of #ACLfest and #ASW15 October 5-9

Larry Chiang (@LarryChiang)
Getting a commercially viable hit e.g., A commercial success is critical. Before embarking on the truly innovative, get momentum.

Larry Chiang (@LarryChiang)
Put me and Mark McCormack up on The Board. #ch5…


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