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Creative Business Valuation

37Signals posts a press release stating that 37SIGNALS VALUATION TOPS $100 BILLION AFTER BOLD VC INVESTMENT. The press release starts like this:

37signals is now a $100 billion dollar company, according to a group of investors who have agreed to purchase 0.000000001% of the company in exchange for $1.

Founder Jason Fried describes one way – quite commonly used by startups – to increase the value of a company:

In order to increase the value of the company, 37signals has decided to stop generating revenues. “When it comes to valuation, making money is a real obstacle. Our profitability has been a real drag on our valuation,” said Mr. Fried. “Once you have profits, it’s impossible to just make stuff up. That’s why we’re switching to a ‘freeconomics’ model. We’ll give away everything for free and let the market speculate about how much money we could make if we wanted to make money. That way, the sky’s the limit!”

I love this post, creative and inspiring. First comment says ‘shoulda waited to post this on April 1st’ but the impact is higher now.

To see what 37Signals really stand for, go to Simple small business software, collaboration, CRM: 37signals. They have interesting software solutions that I intend to look at.

Let limitations guide you to creative solutions

I came across this text in “Motivating Yourself – Heroes, Role Models & Rivals” which links to the source at Embrace Constraints (37signals)

Let limitations guide you to creative solutions
There’s never enough to go around. Not enough time. Not enough money. Not enough people.

That’s a good thing.

Instead of freaking out about these constraints, embrace them. Let them guide you. Constraints drive innovation and force focus. Instead of trying to remove them, use them to your advantage.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

A different way to think about creative genius

At TED Talks there is a terrific talk by Elizabeth Gilbert: A different way to think about creative genius.

Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

I like this talk a lot and am also very impressed by her presentation. No PowerPoint or other stuff, “only” her talking and I am spellbound. There are lessons to be learned.

Update April 17, 2009
Men With Pens write about How to Stay Sane and Alive if You’re Creative.

Update November 20, 2009
Marion Chapsal has posted a great analysis of this presentation at Olé to You! Don’t Be Afraid, Just Do Your Talk!

Update January 4, 2010
At Lateral Action is a great post about Elizabeth Gilbert: Is Creativity Divinely Inspired?

This was originally posted at Forty Plus Two, another blog of mine.

The Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun

I got the link in my daily “Forward Steps” message and I really love these eight principles.

  1. Stop Hiding Who You Really Are
  2. Start Being Intensely Selfish
  3. Stop Following the Rules
  4. Start Scaring Yourself
  5. Stop Taking It All So Damn Seriously
  6. Start Getting Rid of the Crap
  7. Stop Being Busy
  8. Start Something

Now go and watch the movie over at The Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun!

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

Having fun with creativity

This weekend I attended a course about creativity and the subconscious. It was fun playing around with colours, using “the other hand” and finally trying to find a running thread in what we had created. One thing is pretty clear though, I will not make it as an artist but it was great fun.

“The other hand” is a very interesting concept. It is defined as the hand you do not use for writing. What happens is that what you paint or draw with your other hand is quite different from what you do with your “right” hand. Not only in quality (less practice with “the other hand”) but also in style.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

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