First, I’m sorry. Very sorry. I’m very sorry for ever (E-V-E-R!) calling your business a “nice lifestyle business.” The only thing I can think of that would be a worse insult? Throw a shoe at you. Seriously. If an investor uses the term lifestyle business, YOU throw a shoe.
Right now, I am creating this blog post as my break from ten jobs. The good news is we are living in a world where it is simply amazing what you can do from one chair in front of one computer.
Job 1: Product Management
Enter Pivotal. I am posting stories, watching velocity, accepting code, and trading comments with the developers.
That would be tab 1 in Firefox.
Job 2: Logo/Web Design
Enter 99designs. I’m dealing with concepts, tweaks, adds, colors, etc, all with some super good talent.
That would be tab 2 in Firefox.
Job 3: Accounting
People want to get paid, what’s with that? Simply Accounting and I’m the accounting department.
Running in Parallels on my MacBook.
Job 4: HR
Get more with less. If you haven’t watched this TED talk, you should, it will change the way you think about rewards and incentives. That free iPod or gift card? Fuhgettaboutit.
Job 5: Recruiting
Let’s see, blog post up on jobs; check. Use Odesk, RentACoder, and Elance for guys to write specifics; check. Note: Odesk is a very nice/slick place to effectively recruit people to work on specific tasks where you can interview them and do as much as you can like a real hiring manager vs. RentACoder which, while good, has started to get long in the tooth with the design, usability, etc. Elance, unfortunately, just doesn’t do it for me.
Odesk is tab 3 in Firefox.
Job 6: Research Analyst
What APIs are available on this phone, that platform, that OS? Who has market share and what trends? Etc, etc. Not surprisingly, Google is Tab 4 in Firefox.
Job 7: QA/Testing
DeviceAnywhere is but one of three different guys I’m testing out to do the full testing for our products.
Tab 4 in Firefox.
Job 8: Fund Raising
Second mortgage; check. Seed capital raised from some seriously smart people who have honored me with their hard earned dollars; check. Keynote presentation at the ready; Pages open with constantly updating the summary; check and check. Excel open with forecasts being fine tuned. Continual sucking up to likely references; check.
Job 9: IT manager
Google handling domain for mail and other goodies (free); check. GoDaddy’s functional web hosting for now (cheap); check. MobileMe for virtual drive (cheap), check.
Job 10: Custodial & Catering Services
“No, don’t get up, code, I’ll take out the trash and get you some food. Will that be Sushi? Pad Thai? Veggie Burger?”
Various menus open in Tabs 5, 6 and 7 in Firefox.
Lifestyle business? Right.
[Note: It’s here where you’d normally expect either a VC lifestyle tennis/golf shot but, well, see Job 8. I know, wimped right out! :-) ]