Ramen Profitability

Ramen profitable means a startup makes just enough to pay the founders’ living expenses.

At any given time there tends to be one problem that’s the most urgent for a startup. This is what you think about as you fall asleep at night and when you take a shower in the morning. And when you start raising money, that becomes the problem you think about. You only take one shower in the morning, and if you’re thinking about investors during it, then you’re not thinking about the product.

- Paul Graham

I’m assuming that most techy, start-uppy, people have read Graham’s essays, but if not you need to.

Running a software biz

I just found this great blog by Eric Sink. You’ll love it if you’re an indie developer trying to live the dream. BTW he calls us ISV’s (small independent software vendor).

My favorite nugget so far:

“The ‘No Sales Guy’ Approach… Listen to your customers and give them what they want. Keep your customers happy (they’ll tell all their friends how great you are).”

Update: I probably should have just linked to his index of articles titled Marketing for Geeks.