I’m away on vacation, and last week Alex J. Mann took over Lone Gunman for the week and produced five thoughtful posts:
This coming week, your host is Dan Zamboniniâ€”a true Renaissance man.
Dan is the co-founder of the excellent Box UK (“creators of amazing web apps” and much more besides) and not only hasÂ his own tag here at Lone Gunman but also may be the source of more posts than any other person.
Dan is a great person to follow on Twitter, and you can do that here. If you’re interested in things web you should subscribe to Dan’s company blog here, and if you love design, you should follow his personal Tumblr-style blog here (where you can find further links to his many projects in the sidebar).
On top of all this, Dan also helps to organise some fine events around the UK. I spoke at one not too long ago (Ignite Cardiff) and now the first Ignite London is currently lining up speakersâ€”one to watch.
Thanks to Alex and thanks to Dan.
Right now I’m in Japan. I’ll be staying here for another couple of weeks before heading to southeast Australia for another few weeks. While I’m away your occasional Lone Gunman fix will come from a selection of fine guest writers.
For the coming week your host is Alex J. Mann.
Alex has his own tag here on Lone Gunman thanks to the following posts:
As you can tell from perusing the above posts, Alex is a recent graduate, an entrepreneur, and a damn nice guy with brains to boot.
You can read more from Alex onÂ his blog where he reflects on entrepreneurship, culture and technology.Â As expected, Alex is also on Twitter and you can follow himÂ here.
That’s not all, of course: Alex’s fantastic Delicious bookmarks can be seen and followedÂ here, and you can find out more about Alex’s fantastic startup,Â AM Analytics, by heading here.
Join me in welcoming Alex–my first ever guest author–by leaving comments on his posts.
Thanks to Alex and to you.
For recent graduates, those in their early 20’s and, well, almost everyone else, the job market at the moment is overwhelming bad. There’s hope, of course, and this interview between recent graduate and entrepreneurÂ Alex J. Mann and Phila Lawyer discussingÂ what it’s like graduating into one of the nastiest job markets in history is a good place to start in trying to understand what it’s like and where to go.
If there is one upside to the economic downturn, it’s that suddenly we’ve been put in the position to creatively fend for ourselves. For instance, when all of the traditional career options that a business major typically approaches have gone thin, the desperation is followed by a wave of experimentation. [â€¦] In my opinion, this is how it should be. College, or any form of education, shouldn’t create a path or destiny. It should create options to choose our own.
The few ambitious ones are going into entrepreneurial ventures. But, the majority of students are too scared to take that responsibility, because society tells us otherwise. A positive sign is there are plenty of students attempting to use the Internet to either market themselves, or to attempt to monetize their ideas. There are mini-movements of students realizing that they can leverage the Internet to do both what makes them happy and creates cash flow (yes, both!). It is uncommon though.
[â€¦] There’s a strong sense of entrepreneurship with people my age now, even if they aren’t all acting on it. There’s an itch to go do something on your own.
The interview touches on many topicsâ€”education, entrepreneurship, generational differences/expectations, the economyâ€”and it’s also worth popping over to Alex’s site to read a couple of his after-thoughts.
Serial entrepreneur Alex Mann implores us to take action, in this series of posts on executing your business idea:
- Be An Executioner
- Who’s Your Market
- Building Your Team
- Gaining Momentum
- Develop Your Moat
As Alex reiterates in Gaining Momentum, this advice that originally appeared in the comments section of the introduction (written by friend and millionaire entrepreneur Derek Sivers) is important, if not imperative:
MAKE it, even if you don’t have the massive programming-skill available, then make a super lo-fi or no-fi version and just get started with a couple friends and volunteers.
It’s SO much more impressive to hear someone say, “There’s this thing that I’ve started doing that a lot of people seem to like.”