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Startups Are So Cheap To Start That It Literally Pays You

by Larry Chiang on September 29, 2014

By Larry Chiang
I had to start my business out of a Kinko’s. My Illini Tower quad on the 15th floor doubled as our meeting room. IT wasn’t cheap at 409 E Chalmers. 
Now, VCs beg you to take their space. One even gives you five figures to squat office space

Larry Chiang (@LarryChiang)
It used to be cheap to start a company.
Now, people pay you to start it

Disclosure: I financially benefit from Gua Gua Guacamole pits at a dozen different VCs (like Polaris). 

I wanted to call this “Best free and reverse fee resources for Startups”. Anyway, here they are in no particular order:
-1- Rackspace and AWS offer a bunch of grandies for hosting.
-2- VCs will fly you out to SXSW and there you can host a party where you charge admission
See the WTWNTYASBS about EUTWMPPM at SXSW post and workbook (you use a scrapbook and watch videos to assemble the workbook)
-3- Get paid to debut, grand open, premier and launch your product.
CS majors are the new CRO’s 
If you don’t know what “CRO” stands for, leave. CS majors execute EUTWMPPM in the same way that CS majors copy paste GitHub’s repository of code. EUTWMPPM shills out enough benefit that you can charge
For example, a movie launch. Mr Peabody has a DVD release and someone needs to promote it. ( IF it also promotes your startup, then that is all-the-better.
Sell pizza at tech conferences 
This is sooooo awesome that I still do this
My favorite way is to get paid to develop. For example, AT&T Universal Visa needs a credit algorithm and credit scoring system. So, why not get Bank of Hawaii to pay for it.
And then sell it again to AT&T 
It’s a new thing in Silicon Valley called “profit”

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