Truemors : Guy Kawasaki :: Kumquat : More than a living

Guy KawasakiPart of being happy at work is finding ways to sustain your personal growth. One way to ensure you’re sustaining your personal growth is finding a mentor.

Ideally, that mentor has some sort of relationship with you. However, when push-comes-to-shove, perceived mentors or role models work equally well.

Guy Kawasaki tends to fall in this role model camp for me.

And as such, it’s not very often that I can compare myself to Guy without feeling like a complete liar. But, after reading his post, By the Numbers: How I built a Web 2.0, User-Generated Content, Citizen Journalism, Long-Tail, Social Media Site for $12,107.09, I realize that–thanks to Kumquat–we have some actual similarities with Guy and Truemors.

To wit:

1) 0. I wrote 0 business plans for it. The plan is simple: Get a site launched in a few months, see if people like it, and sell ads and sponsorships (or not).

We wrote 0 business plans for Kumquat, as well! Just a few hours spent jabbering in a coffee shop.

2) 0. I pitched 0 venture capitalists to fund it. Life is simple when you can launch a company with a credit-card level debt.

We don’t even know any venture capitalists!

3) 7.5. 7.5 weeks went by from the time I registered the domain truemors.com to the site going live. Life is also good because of open source and Word Press.

We’ve spent 5 times that amount of time! Take that, Guy!

4) $4,500. The total software development cost was $4,500. The guys at Electric Pulp did the work. Honestly, I wasn’t a believer in remote teams trying to work together on version 1 of a product, but Electric Pulp changed my mind.

We’ve spent $4,500, as well! And then some! With a remote team!

And last, but not least, the one we’re really gunning for…

22) 2. A mere 2 days went by before Truemors was called the “worst website ever” by the Inquirer.

About Rick Turoczy

More than mildly obsessed with the Portland startup community. Founder and editor at Silicon Florist. Cofounder and general manager at PIE. Follow me on Twitter: @turoczy
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