RW101: Unexpected Problems Should Be Expected In Startups

The problems that you didn’t think about are the ones that will kill your startup…

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13 Comments on “RW101: Unexpected Problems Should Be Expected In Startups”

  1. Maybe you should let the mentors create a short video introduction on their mentor page. Lets the viewers know who they are going to talk to.

  2. Eli, I am new to the channel and really enjoy listening to your opinion on the topics you have been covering.

    have you though about uploading a few Skype meetings with the other mentors to give your viewers some insite on who these other mentors are? I think people would feel more comfortable if they felt they knew more about the mentor, on what they felt was a personal level before they pay to sit down with someone. Giving a list of the mentors and maybe links to the video's would allow people to have a better understanding of who they were going to speak with and allow them to pick a mentor they felt would be a good match for them and their needs. Just a thought. thank you for the content looking forward to more.

  3. Eli, I am new to the channel and really enjoy listening to your opinion on the topics you have been covering.

    have you though about uploading a few Skype meetings with the other mentors to give your viewers some insite on who these other mentors are? I think people would feel more comfortable if they felt they knew more about the mentor, on what they felt was a personal level before they pay to sit down with someone. Giving a list of the mentors and maybe links to the video's would allow people to have a better understanding of who they were going to speak with and allow them to pick a mentor they felt would be a good match for them and their needs. Just a thought. thank you for the content looking forward to more.

  4. I think I might be able to offer some basic insight here. I feel a big part of the problem with getting other mentors appointments is that your core userbase does not know who they are or where they stand on a set of core issues. Yes, we know what they do, and what company they run… but if I'm interested in a mentor, I want to know who they are. This is something you provide, which they didn't.

    I've tried to sum this up without being long winded but failed, so here goes. I am experiencing similar problems with my tutoring service. I want to teach component level repair and how to reverse engineer some of what is going on in a complex circuit, and the classes have gone very well. The problem is that they are all based on me doing the tutoring. I cannot scale a service that is based on paying money to meet and work with Louis Rossmann. There are only so many six hour classes I can fit into a day, and only so much me.

    I think you're looking at this problem from the wrong perspective. You bring up Martin Lehner's qualifications many times as the metric by which people should consider speaking with him, but that's not what's keeping people from booking.

    Let's say I do something like spy on a roommate. I ask a friend who works for the EFF what he thinks, and he says that's wrong. That's a "BREACH OF PRIVACY!!!" It's what I expect, given he works for the EFF. Then I ask my 2nd friend, the director of the NSA, what he thinks, and he tells me; he thinks it's awful. He thinks what I've done is a breach of privacy.

    Knowing that the NSA is an organization that, fundamentally, lacks respect for the privacy of the everyday person, I know I have done something wrong. A person who has no respect for privacy told me that I have breached someone's privacy. I know what to do with that, because I know where they're coming from.

    I know your opinion on hiring employees.
    I know your opinion on firing employees.
    I know your opinion on therapy for IT professionals.
    I know your thoughts on setting boundaries.
    I know your advice on cloud infrastructure vs. local infrastructure when it comes to PBXs/servers/whatever in a small business environment.
    I know your thoughts on break/fix computer repair in the modern IT climate.
    I know your thoughts on how to approach a boss for a raise.

    This isn't because I'm your friend, family member, buddy or coworker. It's because you publicize your opinions on these matters in all of these YouTube videos, that are publicly available in an easy to digest fashion. Since I know your thoughts on these topics, I know better where to fit your advice on the spectrum. Since I know, in some small way, the journey you've taken to get where you are, I know what to do with your advice.

    I don't know what to do with the advice of someone I don't know. I have no idea where to put their advice on the specturm, I am not sure when their advice is very relevant or not much relevance. I am unsure of their own biases, and of who they are. I could care less about how many years they spent doing what. I ask advice from people when I know where they stand on a variety of different issues. I'd value the advice of my own full time salesman employee over a multi-millionaire CEO anyday, becuase I know where it's coming from.

    I don't know Martin Lehner. I don't know where he stands on any of those issues, and honestly – your core demographic probably doesn't care to find out. Think about it, the easiest customer for these services are your own subscriber-base. They make an easy customer base because these are people who have already invested the time and brainpower to figure out where you stand on these issues, and also who you are. They might not feel like going through the trouble to do this for someone else, and even if they want to, where is his YouTube channel? Sure, he might have written content on GBD.com, but your primary audience is comprised of people who consume content on YouTube – not a written blog site!

    I've asked people who have come to the tutoring sessions – and they aint cheap, a day hovers around $600, if you want to work the week watching me it hovers $2300, if they would show up if someone else were here. The answer was no. I would ask, what if you were working with a real qualified engineer, not a college dropout that barely passed high school – same answer. I introduced them to someone I know who is twice the engineer I'll ever be, better soldering skills, better reverse engineering knowledge, better people person, more experience, and you know what the student told me? They wouldn't work with that guy if it meant an 80% DISCOUNT! over what I was charging.

    A big part of it is getting to ask their favorite YouTubers questions, and receiving an answer from someone whose stances are firmly known. Some video games are free single player, but to play online you must pay a subscription fee. You give away for free a 1 sided conversation, but the two sided conversation – that is what costs money. This makes sense, but it is a model based on you giving away that 1 sided conversation where users get to understand who you are, for free. Martin hasn't done that, so it isn't surprising to me that he has less appointments. The same way I am not surprised I cannot get the qualified engineer with the superior skillset to me any students. People know who I am, and that's worth their money.. apparently. I hope so. :X

    Hope any of this made sense.

  5. Maybe what your new guy Martin needs to do is appear on a video or two. People who who have watched you think that they know you. They didn't read your resumé. But they have listened to you rant and watched you pet the dogs.(hope it isn't too soon to mention them.). Martin has to acquire some YouTube cred by putting in some time in front of the camera, preferably interacting with your public via e mail, I suppose. That seems like the simplest way for him. An introduction with you present might or might not make sense. Anyway, while Martin is invisible, you will have trouble recruiting acolytes for him.

  6. Eli, you've built a cult of personality on you're channels. It seems like a logical problem to have. I would think that if you try to team up with other people who have similar channels you wouldn't have that particular issue.

  7. The solution to this is simply don't let the people making the appointments pick who they want to talk to. Their question, category, etc is put on a list.
    A mentor will get an e-mail based on what category is picked. (the person making the appointment says their question is within the coding category. The coding mentors get an e-mail about the appointment and first pick)

    If the mentors in that category says no, or a given amount of time passes. All mentors will be able to accept it.

    I'm not sure what you do about rejected appointments. But whatever you do what them will be the same that's done with the appointments that don't get a mentor to say yes

  8. Eli, maybe you should get the other two mentors to make a video or two answering question from your viewers. Everybody watching this channel knows about you and trusts you to some degree, the same can not be said about the other two mentors.

  9. it is the same funny part in my work as a programmer i always tell myself "never assume anything" and yet it always fails, but that might be different, i mean u can't work if you don't have some beliefs in something.

  10. It's the YouTube scaling situation all of over again. People only want to see Eli. Good luck man.

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