Our Good Friend Jimmy, may he get well soon

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It has been a sad and unfortunate couple of weeks here at Fusebox and Empressr. One of our own Jimmy has fallen very ill. Many of my friends have met him in some respect or other, he was at SXSW he was at the latest Web 2.0 in San Francisco, a city he loves, and has been a true catalyst in the development of the business for both Fusebox and Expressr.

I learned last weekend that Jimmy had a stroke!! at only 38 years old it was not only shocking but heartbreaking, knowing his love for life and love for people. This had a profound impact on my own life. I guess you can say fortunately for him, his stroke only effected his left leg and to a minor extent other motor actions of his left side. I visited him in his hospital room last Tuesday and his sprits were high, a little confused why something like this would happen to him. Yesterday he was moved to a rehab center, not an Amy Winehouse sorta rehab but one that will get him walking and moving like he once did. I feel great sadness for these events and wish him the world and hope for a speedy recovery.

I know and understand the frailty of life from what happened to me two years ago that event like this changes your life in more ways that you can possibly think. Sometimes it takes a radical event like a stroke or what had happened to me to realize that life is way too short and should be lived every day, there is no waiting for tomorrow, cause tomorrow may not be there. I will support Jimmy in his decisions as he embarks on this new chapter of his life and I hope that he decides to remain part of the Fusebox Empressr family, no matter where he ends up. Much love, and get well soon.

Loic Le Meur’s Ten Rules For Startup Success

Reposted from Techcrunch who reposted it from Loic’s blog about his article in the Financial Times!

These are awesome and I wish I had written them down, this is what I believe in and how I am building Empressr, Loic thanks for reading my mind, next time let me know you’re doing that first 🙂

  1. Don’t wait for a revolutionary idea. It will never happen. Just focus on a simple, exciting, empty space and execute as fast as possible
  2. Share your idea. The more you share, the more you get advice and the more you learn. Meet and talk to your competitors.
  3. Build a community. Use blogging and social software to make sure people hear about you.
  4. Listen to your community. Answer questions and build your product with their feedback.
  5. Gather a great team. Select those with very different skills from you. Look for people who are better than you.
  6. Be the first to recognise a problem. Everyone makes mistakes. Address the issue in public, learn about and correct it.
  7. Don’t spend time on market research. Launch test versions as early as possible. Keep improving the product in the open.
  8. Don’t obsess over spreadsheet business plans. They are not going to turn out as you predict, in any case.
  9. Don’t plan a big marketing effort. It’s much more important and powerful that your community loves the product.
  10. Don’t focus on getting rich. Focus on your users. Money is a consequence of success, not a goal.