Marty's Startup Journal: 10 Days
I thought it would be interesting to journal the last ten days before launch of the two biggest projects of my life:
CureCancerStarter.org - crowdfunding #cancerresearch
CureCanceStore.org - shop to cure cancer.http://www.curecancerstore.org10 Days Out
Starting using the Cure Cancer Starter admin yesterday to set up accounts and broke it (ouch). Good news is the interface is beautiful, easy to understand and intuitive despite my mistake. Struck me that the difference between programmers and marketers is coming down daily, but I'm still a left brainer (creative) in a right brain world (lol).
Worried about so many things it is hard to pick ONE. Worried about not having enough BUZZ TEAM members (great #Internetmarketers
like +Mark Traphagen +Phil Buckley
and +David Amerland
willing to help us spread the word about these two new websites. Here is the form to JOIN: http://jotform.us/form/32517495657162
. Help if you can.
WORRIED about MONEY. I'm spending my salary and savings at an alarming rate (lol). I may have vastly over estimated my net worth :). One of the things I learned on Martin's Ride To Cure Cancer, our 3,,300 mile bicycle ride in 2010, something I also paid for out of my savings to have an adventure and raise cancer research dollars, was to NOT worry about the money.
The trip cost $40K (in the end) and made $30K so not a huge victory for cancer research funding (no donations were used to pay for the ride BTW all donations went to Duke and I covered costs from the ride), but oh what an adventure (lol). I discussed the ride with +Lee Anne McClymont
on her Courage Cocktail radio show recently (link is on http://www.storyofcancer.org
PODCAST on far right at top).
I'm not RICH or anything, but life expectancy for my leukemia is 10 years. I've had it for 8 years so was figuring on getting these two websites built and then riding off into the sunset. Now there may be a genetic modification for my CLL that could all but "cure" me coming out of stage 3 trials in about a year.
A couple of years I had covered, 20 not so much (lol). Worrying about MONEY seems stupid, better to do what I can to help fund the Story of Cancer Foundation (our 501c3 nonprofit) and assume STARVING and living in my car won't happen until it does (lol).
I worry about my WEIGHT too. I lost 60 pounds riding across America. Saw myself on the UNC video yesterday for my oncologist Dr. Hank van Deventer (an amazing video of my chat with Dr. v) and realize I gained all that hard lost weight back (sucks). Problem is CHEMO on return wiped me OUT.
I have to be so CAREFUL about energy that I've doubled down on work and left working out go for way too long. I miss riding a bicycle. When you ride everyday it becomes a job and you get really good at it. If that sounds like a , "DOG ate my homework," excuse you are right. Need to re-read Phil's great No Excuses post (http://www.1918.com/excuses-are-killing-you/
Coming down mountains at 65MPH is the most fun I've ever had (even more fun than helicopter skiing in Canada and that was amazing). Have to get back on a bicycle, but my last two efforts didn't feel good at all (too much too fast).
Enough with the obsessing (for now). I will try to write something daily to share what it is really like to launch two BIG web projects and risk it all :). Stay tuned and feel free to share your #startup
stories too. Marty
* Thanks To Mark Hicks for creating the graphic I modified. I owe Mark some $ for his work but couldn't find a place to pay. Mark if you read this thanks and let me know where I can pay for your work.