The Accidental Founder

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November 19, 2012

The Accidental Founder

This talk was given at beyond tellerrand 2012 in Düsseldorf.

Description:
What happens when a passion evolves into a business? And unexpectedly, you're required to figure out how to manage staff, pay the bills, and compete with others — all while trying to keep the passion alive?

Throughout his 13-year career, Cameron has been passionate about many things: user experience design, HTML/CSS, typography, app design, writing, advertising, team collaboration, remote working, charitable giving, and so forth. Eventually, this passion led to an unexpected yet profitable business (more than one, actually).

Cameron will share the mistakes and successes he's encountered as a passionate creator, unexpected business owner, and accidental founder.

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  1. HI.

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  3. placeki en.com

  4. THE ACCIDENTAL FOUNDER @CAMERONMOLL

  5. youtube.com/watch?v=q-RLqLx1iYI

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  11. Credit: joshuabudich.com

  12. I don’t think this music thing is going to work

    out for you, Cameron. PERCUSSION TEACHER, CANDIDLY
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  14. THINGS I’VE DONE WRONG. THINGS I’VE DONE RIGHT.

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  16. MISTAKE #1 ASSUMPTIVELY DEFINING THE USER

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  19. MISTAKE #2 OVERASSESSING THE VALUE OF TECHNICAL SKILLS

  20. TECHNICAL SKILLS SOFT SKILLS CREATIVE THINKING TEAM FIT

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  22. Skills can be taught, but working with a jerk is

    no fun for anyone. NOAH STOKES C0-founder, Bold
  23. MISTAKE #3 FAILING TO DEFINE THE PROBLEM

  24. Anton Fokker 1890-1939

  25. Once the problem was stated, its solution came to me

    in a flash. ANTON FOKKER
  26. Design is as much a matter of finding problems as

    it is solving them. BRYAN LAWSON How Designers Think
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  28. TRIUMPH #1 PUSHING MYSELF TO DO THINGS I’M TOTALLY NOT

    QUALIFIED FOR
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  30. c =∑ n h=1 {hg ׃ } (s,o)

  31. Credit: @hellogeri

  32. TYPE CITY veer.com/ideas/typecity

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  39. TRIUMPH #2 AN OBSESSION WITH QUALITY, AUTHENTICITY, AND DETAILS

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  41. LIBRO DI M. GIOVAMBATTISTA PALATINO archive.org/stream/librodimgiovamba00pala

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  51. The details are not details, they make the product. CHARLES

    EAMES
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  57. MISTAKE #4 AN OBSESSION WITH QUALITY, AUTHENTICITY, AND DETAILS

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  60. The imagination of the good artist or thinker produces continuously

    good, mediocre, or bad things, but his judgment, trained and sharpened to a fine point, rejects, selects, connects. FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE
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  63. TRIUMPH #3 PASSIONATELY PASSIONATE ABOUT PASSION

  64. WRITE

  65. WRITE + PASSION.

  66. TRIUMPH #4 COMMITMENT TO GIVING BACK & MAKING A DIFFERENCE

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  72. PHOTO: MARK AVINO

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