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Crazy But Effective Tips For Young, Scrappy Startups (mixergy.com)
34 points by oliviakuhn on June 17, 2009 | hide | past | web | favorite | 18 comments



I really wish Mixergy did transcripts. Their interviews look good but I don't want to spend 20 minutes with a video window open.


Mixergy typically has mp3 downloads of the interviews. http://mixergy.com/wp-content/audio/Mixergy-Scappy-Mike-Mich...


Yeah, i agree. You can outsource transcripts really inexpensively to third world nations.


I'm working on this problem.


Many of the Retirement Communities Discriminate on the basses of age many places like this are in Florida where you have to be 50 and above some even higher in age..It would be a great place to live, BUT getting in would be the problem, the restriction on age is wrong, But I know they get away with it in Florida and it may happen in other States also...


Mixergy is the best TACTICAL podcast on entrepreneurship. Whereas the other ones talk about high level stuff like do what you are passionate about, Andrew does an incredible job digging into the actual actions of the successful entrepreneur. Great add for all!


I really like the tip regarding living in a retirement village since it sounds like a cheap and safe way to live. It sure beats my current choice of living in the ghetto because rent is cheap here. After doing a little research, I found that many of these retirement homes and communities have an age floor of 55-60 years. It'll be great if someone can share their experience regarding gaining entry into these communities.


My wife and I almost borrowed my grandma's house for a year while she was traveling. There was some cap on the number of under 60 people living in the community, but the thing that prevented us from doing it was that no one under 18 can live there. We had a 1-year old at the time so we couldn't move in.


+1 for not living in the ghetto to save on rent. It really affects your ability to get stuff done when you're bothered about safety or living in a dodgy neighborhood.


Yes, I know what you mean. The other night I thought I heard gunshots and I wasn't able to sleep for the whole night because I was so afraid. Thanks to everyone for their valuable input. I guess I will look to other options in regards to affordable housing.


I know of single women who have been granted permission to live in a retirement community, since they had relatives there. For single women, it really is a safe, supportive community. It is typically very difficult for young people to be permitted to live in a retirement community.

The average age of the large retirement community near me is 77.


So now some old retired couple on a fixed income can live in the ghetto since some kid took their spot. They have an age limit on these places so that doesn't happen.

But I'm sure they'd be happy to have you come in and volunteer some time with them. Who knows, maybe you can even glean some business advice from their experiences.


The reason for the age limits is not to keep it affordable. It's a deal with the municipalities to ensure that the development doesn't increase school enrollment and expenses. These retirement villages are net contributors to the local tax coffers, as opposed to families with school-age kids, which are a net cost to local govt.


Actually, the reason is that old people who live in these communities don't want young families or children, and don't want to pay school taxes. In some states, retirement villages are exempted from paying local school taxes b/c there aren't any children to support.

Local governments hate retirement villages b/c they are not net contributors to local tax coffers: they use up more police, fire, and medical services, they rarely purchase goods (IOW, no sales tax), and they don't own property (b/c the units are "leased" not owned) so they don't pay property taxes. On top of all that, they usually oppose new development in the vicinity of the retirement village, which can freeze commercial development.


> Local governments hate retirement villages ... they don't own property (b/c the units are "leased" not owned) so they don't pay property taxes.

The owners of the retirement villages pay property tax, just like every other owner. The local govts collect said tax whether or not said owners manage to get money from their tenants, so govts don't care either way about lease/rent/owner-occupied.


You know he's talking about life in the US, so you know it's not safe, affordable and public housing.

Hahaha. Honestly.

The age limits are two-fold - in terms of tax burdens, as one commentor stated, and also because it seems like lots of old folks want to retire where there aren't screaming bratty kids. Not all old people enjoy the dream of sitting on the porch and yelling "Get off my lawn!"

And many of those types are premium... and of course, often home to (or close to) medical facilities and other things old folks want to have nearby. Maybe they're cheaper than the cool parts of town, but certainly not cheaper than the normal suburbs where you have all-age neighbors.

It's surely not a social service.


Looks like Y-Combinator has a little competition huh?


i like this one, thanks




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