The Knife Maker–Great Story of Starting Your Business

by andrej 11. November 2011 17:00

Joel Bukiewicz of Cut Brooklyn tells his story of starting his own business of making knifes. Well shot video from the series “Made By Hand”.

Stumbling into Your Passion – or Finding it

First interesting turn in the story is the way Joel moves away from considering himself a writer. Take a timeout and most and formost do stuff. Experiment. And eventually you are going to stumble or get pushed into something that really suits you, that you can and want and are passionate about.

Getting Real Feedback from Real People

One thing that reminded me a lot when I switched from studying to product design and eventually user experience design, is the fact that your work, your product is used by someone, helps them and if you did a good job is appreciated by them.

Same thing here: Making knifes for people to use them and thus give something to a community, become part of that community is always a very strong motivator and very likely to make you like your work.

Putting in the Hours, the Sweat, the Blood

Once you found a profession that suits you, that fulfills you, that makes you happy working in it, you still have to turn it into a business that allows you to keep doing it. And to start earning money from your passion means, you have to become very good at it. “So good they can’t ignore you” as Steve Martin says.

There is no shortcut, no easy way to become competent. As Joel puts it: “Buckets of sweat and blood and work to get there.

Focus on the Value of Your Work

Figure out what value you create and why your customers care about your product.

Stick to this value and work hard to maintain it. In our case at teamaton it is delivering a software product that helps our users to get something done and by doing so delivering a great and enjoyable user experience. In Joels case it is delivering quality by making everything by hand.

That is why I like these stories of how passionate and competent people got to do what they are doing. It is a great source of inspiration and shows me whether I am on the right track.

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Welcome to IgniteStuff.com – A Blog about Growing a Web Application Business

by andrej 23. February 2011 10:44

At teamaton we are developing web applications – from very large to very small. As we learn a lot going along, we want to share that insights and knowledge on this blog.

Topics of this Blog

  • the business of building web applications
    • entrepreneurial design
    • strategy, markets, customers, potentials
    • financing, venture capital, bootstrapping
    • controlling and evolving a web app business
  • sales and marketing
    • our experiences with selling web application
    • how to market web applications
    • using social media
  • working as a team
    • what are our processes
    • product life cycle
    • development, design, administration and testing  methodologiepeople
    • people strategy: how do we make ourselves happy?

We hope that you will like our blog posts. If you have any suggestions on topics or have questions, feel free to comment or shoot us an email.

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