Life of FBi | Non-Tech Start-up Founder

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What is the 7 Links Challenge?

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Doing some research for a new content site we’re starting at Blank Label Group,  I stumbled across a Problogger article on the 7 Link Challenge. For those unfamiliar, Problogger is a blog about blogging, more specifically it’s written by Darren Rose, the Melbournian (Australian) on how he makes six-figures a year from blogging. The article is an idea to publish a post with these following 7 categories:

My First Post

Literally titled My First Post, it was written and published a little over a year ago, in August 2009. Reading it, I can’t help but chuckle. I used to post at a content site, College Mogul, but slowed down because of the editorial limitations. I intended this post to be a provocative voice of truth and meaning, I would post 10 items in the first 20 days, and then slowly … I found myself running a start-up.

The Post I Most Enjoyed Writing

This was a really tough decision. Reading over my past blogs, I had a lot of fun reviewing my Mass Technology unConference last year, mostly because Bill Warner put on such an awesome event; I did a similar recap of my visit to TechCrunch 50, including a photo with conference organizer JCal;  I vainly want to point to Events to Hit Up in Boston because it was before Startup Digest‘s real move into Boston or even Greenhorn Boston existed, albeit both awesomely quality publications; but the one I truly most enjoyed actually writing had to have been my start-up visa story. It was off the back of my first real publication review (thanks Wade Roush, I’ll never forget you!) and it was a story that I was really passionate about telling.

The Post Which Had the Greatest Discussion

Now I’m not going to pretend that this blog has a following of any sort but a post I did a couple of months ago about where Blank Label, and I personally, might relocate included some interesting comments. Having started the idea for Blank Label in Shanghai, working on the business planning in Sydney, then doing most of the early execution and launch in Boston, then returning to Shanghai post-launch, I was ready to consider relocating again (yes I’m that restless). Commentators had some interesting suggestions for places I might consider, including one I never ever would’ve thought of.

A Post on Someone Else’s Blog That I Wish I’d Written

Given the title of my blog is Life of FBi | Non-Tech Start-up Founder, it would give some hint that at least half of my articles intend to be about founding a start-up being non-technical, but I’ve never really written the killer article about what a non-tech founder does at a tech start-up. Spencer Fry did. He’s the young founder of  Carbonmade, a platform designers use to show of their work. He wrote a comment on Hacker News that received 164 votes, and to put that in perspective, that’s the 10th most popular comment of all time. A big statement for one of the most respected start-up news sites. His article was an elaboration on his comment, titled What’s a Non-Programmer To Do?

My Most Helpful Post

My most recent piece is a reflection of the biggest lessons learned, specifically for a non-technical founder knowing nothing about online marketing, nothing about e-commerce, nothing about web technology, and a lot less about business than I thought. It’s a harsh reflection of a lot of young ‘business guys’ who think they have a lot of value to add in start-ups and that just being absolutely untrue.

The Post With A Title I’m the Most Proud Of

It’s Not All About The Sex

The Post I Wish More People Read

Two themes you might see running across this blog are the start-up visa, and young start-up founders. Obviously if you know me at all, you’ll know those two pertain to me very directly.  This is a post that I really hope all young, aspiring entrepreneurs get to read, especially those, who like I found, are not getting what they need out of institutionalized education. The article derisks taking time of school, weighing up the pros and cons. Disclaimer: I almost tell every student I meet to drop out of college.

What did you think abou the 7-Link Challenge, did you learn something interesting, do you plan on doing the 7-Link Challenge on your own blog? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Written by Fan Bi

September 21, 2010 at 9:42 am

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  1. I think this blog post needs some love. There should be a question at the end – “which post did you (the reader) enjoy reading?” I’d have to agree with your choice for best title, and that one was a good read as well. You should update this more often :) Also – the description following “non-tech start-up founder” is spot on, I laughed out loud when I read it.. though the second part of it might be more true after a few more weeks at home.


    October 2, 2010 at 2:48 am

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