Happy Sunday nudgescribers!
Got some incredible feedback after last week’s update:
Here is Maciek’s update #6.
Maciek’s Weekly Update
Netflix for Toys
Where is my 🧠
Had a productive 30-minute "intro" meeting with 20 marketing candidates, impressed by the quality. Keeping the process informal, honest, and direct.
Successfully completed legal work for incorporation, co-founders, contracts, and reverse vesting. Signing session planned for next week.
Engaged in discussions with potential leaders for portfolio / supply / procurement; two promising candidates available next month.
Made decent tech progress, optimistic about September / October launch.
Missed a scheduled meeting for the first time in years, a red flag.
Slow progress on toy selection, this may turn into a launch date delay.
Focusing on toy portfolio via three approaches:
- Input from moms (ICP) on 20-50 preferred toys for rent.
- Expert toy market list.
- Developing a scoring system based on 20+ criteria for analytical insights.
Meeting with more marketing candidates.
Prepare the company for my holiday (sailing for a week with my family).
Where is my ❤️
Thrilled with our progress and the quality of people drawn to our mission and values (mentioned explicitly during "intros"). It makes my heart beat faster!
It's been almost 3 weeks since I last saw my kids in person. Looking forward to picking them up tomorrow and finding a healthier work-life balance again. Missed them immensely.
Tips to share 🎁
Nothing noteworthy to report this week.
Tip: If you have nothing smart to say, it's okay to say nothing.
See you next week in your inbox!
20 impressive marketing candidates? I want to meet your recruiter!
Maciek - looks like you are making great progress. The only nudge I have for you this week is this quote from Paul Graham:
“Because another of the characteristic mistakes of young founders is to go through the motions of starting a startup. They make up some plausible-sounding idea, raise money at a good valuation, rent a cool office, hire a bunch of people. From the outside that seems like what startups do. But the next step after rent a cool office and hire a bunch of people is: gradually realize how completely f@#%d they are, because while imitating all the outward forms of a startup they have neglected the one thing that's actually essential: making something people want.”
Startups are hypotheses-testing machines. Your job as a founder is to test fast and cheap. In between incorporation, recruiting marketing and procurement leaders, contracts, or reverse vesting, make sure to always keep your eyes on the prize: efficiently finding product-market fit.
See you next week!
Make sure to check out my wife’s podcast, The Jennifer Kamara Podcast.
The latest episode with Adam Lawrence is 🔥🔥🔥
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If you are new here - welcome! My name is Marcin and I believe that anyone can become a successful entrepreneur. I was nudged by two friends in my 20s to start a company, and it changed my life. I now made it my life’s mission to pay it forward and nudge the next generation of entrepreneurs into starting their first business.