Louis Nicholls

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Building an awesome cofounder team…

If you ask Patrick and John Collison what their mission is with Stripe, they’ll say they want to “increase the GDP of the internet.

They do this directly (by creating better online payments infrastructure) and indirectly. One of the indirect ways Stripe increases the GDP of the internet is via their ownership of IndieHackers.com.

At Indie Hackers, founder Courtland Allen is helping founders all over the world get the advice, support and feedback they need to build more successful businesses – thereby indirectly increasing the GDP of the internet (and Stripe’s potential customer base too).

I’m a big fan of both Courtland, the Collison brothers, and their goal. And I’ve been thinking for a long time about how I can contribute to that goal without having to be a Stripe employee*.

Finally, I’ve found a project I want to work on which will contribute to that goal Continue reading

We need to talk about cofounders.

Building a business is really, really hard.

Some parts of it you can learn-by-doing along the way. For example sales and customer support.

Other parts, however, you have one chance to get right. With no prior experience and disastrous results if you mess up.

Finding the right cofounder(s) and building a strong, successful relationship with them is an example of this kind of challenge.

Inexperienced founders constantly underestimate how hard this is and how important it is to get right.

I’ve heard that over 20% of startups fail due to Continue reading

2019 Goals Update: January

Here’s an update on my progress towards my goals for 2019.

If you want a bit more detail and the backstory to my goals, you can check them out here.

So, here’s how January went Continue reading

Projects I (won’t) be working on in 2019

Recently, I stumbled across Josh Pigford‘s list of ideas he’s worked on over the past 15 years or so (see embedded spreadsheet, below).

Spoiler alert: it’s a lot of projects.

What shocked me is that my own tally of projects probably isn’t much shorter. No matter how hard I try to resist, new ideas for Continue reading

2019: A Preview

I’ve been in bed with ‘flu for a week, so my goals for 2019 are a few days late. 

In this post I’m trying to take a more methodical approach to setting realistic but challenging goals for 2019.

Firstly, I’m splitting the goals into categories (professional, personal, health etc) and prioritising them clearly. Like most people, I have a nasty habit of tackling the easy/attractive goals first if left to my own devices, so this approach should help Continue reading

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