That said, I suspect that there are many founders who would be open to taking the show on the road. It's incredibly daunting to know what that looks like, or where to start. I feel like it's not laziness, just unknowable to people used to tech communities and test suites.
To that end, my friend Ted and I think we've figured out how to help these founders take the leap and get in front of real people. Those people might be clients, developers or community leaders.
If you're interested in what we're doing, let me know. I'm happy to answer any questions you have, here.
And if you need help with hard problems, you should definitely call Ted: http://usistwo.com/
I think this should be taken literally by many startups with national scope. Get the hell out of California, buy a used RV, stick the team in it and travel city to city while you build the startup. It's cheaper and you'll be able to meet more customers.
I guess you could say that my current "startup" is helping founders do exactly this. Specifically, the exact part that happens right after you concede that it's a potentially great idea and right before you have any idea how to make it happen.
Where to go, who to talk to, and why.
You can follow the origin of the idea starting here: http://reedwordsinamerica.squarespace.com/blog/2012/12/17/th...
I was walking across the country recently on the Pacific Crest Trail, and I had to come off the trail because of an injury. I have been looking around listlessly at the world, and trying to figure out what to do.
This video has struck me in an interesting way. It shows someone who is true of heart can find happiness in profound ways. It has also helped me re-imagine art, as the man painted the landscape and changed the feeling of a region.
It is a beautiful example of the change a single person can make.
Earlier today, I was tempted to tweet "What would a present day John Muir look like?" -- Interestingly I found an answer by another avenue.
Painting Coconuts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQxOKtCWEGE
The Knife Maker: https://vimeo.com/31455885
The Inverted Bike Shop: https://vimeo.com/36258512
Pins and Needles: https://vimeo.com/57247225
The New Wave of Barber Shops: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gpm54WIyZk
EDIT: Here is a piece about the guy
Thanks for more inspiring videos. The man who plants trees was amazingly apropos because of my recent departure from a promised life in the woods. However, inspiration is always valuable.
Every band is a complex business that has to get really good at managing multiple moving parts while entertaining people with great songs.