Starbase: get funded by issuing and selling tokens

Important information about Starbase.

What is Starbase?
The platform name; Starbase is both an open and closed source project. Starbase.Inc
will do technical consulting by providing a crowdfunding/sourcing platform which
enables you to issue conditional tokens from templates.

Starbase’s mission is to make it easy for everyone to start or support projects which
aim to create new services and products.
Starbase provides a crowdfunding and crowdsourcing/recruiting platform which gives
long-term incentive sharing mechanism on the “Internet of Value”.

STAR:
Currency symbol of Starbase token.

Token:
Token is a frequently used term in the blockchain industry for data which has some
value.

Core team:
People who are going to provide or who are currently providing some service or
product. They can be Global and innovative non-blockchain based projects, Startups, New business planners in big companies, Artists/Athletes/Talents, Event organizer.

Supporter:
Supporters are those who want to support projects by purchasing core team’s tokens
or by working on core team’s projects. They may be Blockchain engineers, designers, Non-blockchain Engineers, designers, Blockchain Marketers, Non-Blockchain Marketers, etc.

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Pebble watch (Day 1)

I really want to share experience using my first ever smartwatch named Pebble Watch from Pebble, a startup company funded by kickstarter in the beginning.

I got this name from browsing about smartwatch. Pebble is one of affordable yet well-functioned smartwatches in market. I bought this watch from offical site and got discount $10. So the price is only $89. Because I didn’t want to add more delivery cost, I just proceeded with free service. It took almost 3 weeks until I received it last night. Pretty fast and as I expected.

There are many softwares can be installed and sychronized with iOS. But the maximum installed apps are only 8. Well, I was a bit dissappointed at first but hey it is what you’ve got with that price! Quality comes around the price, right?

  
The look is good. It is nice design. The most noticeable thing is its material; plastic (I assume). This plasctic makes it fragile. I am affraid my watch will be broken if it is bumped to edge of table or door or other stuff. Also, it makes the watch look cheap if people take a close look. Maybe Pebble cares about the weight because I feel like I don’t wear any watch yet it is there. It is sooo light. At least the plastic material also gives good effect.

Well, I will share more later about this watch such as apps, battery, etc.

Crossing out ideas: the beginning of a new startup

By Rik Lomas. Original post here on Medium. I just copy and paste the content for sharing (and keeping it for my reminder). Credits to writer and Medium.

Recently I published an article called “How to start a startup without ruining your life” and from today, I’ll be forced to follow my own advice.

Six months ago, I left the code school that I co-founded and since then, I’ve been freelancing at various London startups. It’s been fun to get my hands dirty by returning back to design, code and product strategy.

But recently, I’ve missed teaching how to code. It was something that I got great pleasure from it and even years later, I still love getting emails from old students showing me what they’ve made. If you’ve never taught anyone before, I would highly recommend it. I haven’t been able to start a new startup due to a non-compete clause that ended today but over the last few months, I’ve been back and forth on quite a few ideas.

I wanted to share my ideas to talk about the reasoning behind them and why I settled on a particular one over others.

Dropped idea 1: Superscript

My first idea was to make a better and easier to learn Javascript. Whenever I taught, the hardest thing for new coding students seemed to be Javascript. The brackets, the semicolons, the parenthesis and the weird nature of the language made it a difficult language to grasp instantly. Personally, I love an alternative version called Coffeescript, but for beginners Coffeescript is still difficult to learn. I wanted to be make something that was fundamentally easier.

I dropped this idea due the lack of a business model. I would have loved to spent time making the idea into a reality but it was hard to justify. It would have been hard to bootstrap and investors wouldn’t be into the idea.

For advanced programmers, it wouldn’t offer significant improvements over Javascript or Coffeescript as it wasn’t designed for them. That made me doubt whether coders would will be willing to fund it via Kickstarter or not. I still think it’s a strong idea so I’ve put it into the pet project folder for now.

Dropped idea 2: New code school

My second idea was one I was quite sure that I wanted to do for a good few months. Starting a new code school would have been relatively simple for me — I’ve done it before, I have a good teaching reputation and there’s a decent demand for it in London.

The idea for it was strong too and it would fix the main two problems that all current London code schools have: make attending more affordable and more flexible to people’s schedules. It was attractive to investors too as it would make revenue from day one pretty much. All it would need is a space and equipment and it was ready to go.

Getting rid of the nagging feeling

For weeks during my freelance period, I was convinced that I would be doing this second idea. 100% sure. This was it. The winning idea. As soon as it hit November, I was going to drop everything and work on this and nothing was going to stop me.

After I wrote my “How to start a startup” article, I had 100+ emails from people all over the world, asking me questions from “is this idea good?” to “I’m not sure if my startup is taking the right direction?”.

One email in particular was from a teenager in New York asking me how to learn to code. He was really interested but couldn’t afford to go to one of the schools in New York and he found most of the online schools frustrating.

He reminded me a little of myself when I was that age. I learnt to code a lot later than most of the coders I’ve worked with — most started in their early teens (or younger) and I was in my late teens. I was brought up in much poorer family than most of my peers and if I was 18 today, I wouldn’t have been able to afford the in-person schools either.

The feeling of my younger self not being able to afford my current self’s startup idea frustrated me.

The new idea

Only two weeks ago, the combination of my subconscious and the ending of my non-compete forced me into my current thinking — digital education should be as affordable and as accessible as possible.

I’ve been scared to take on online learning. I feel the whole online education industry is fundamentally broken and unengaging. Previously I’ve felt it’s easier to engage students in person.

My thinking was “it’s broken, let’s do it in person instead”, rather than “it’s broken, can I fix it?”. As someone who’s taught a lot of people face-to-face, all the current online services make me cringe in one way or another, from how they teach to what they teach. It can be done better.

Starting today, I’ll be working on a new startup. A lot is still yet to be revealed and I will write all my plans along the way. I do have initial ideas about what I want to do and I’m very, very excited.

I’m inspired by various people and businesses who are open about the way they work — Alex Blumberg’s Startup podcast and everyone over at Bufferparticularly — so over the next few months, I’ll try to be as open as possible too. I’ll talk about branding, business models, raising money, hiring and more.

Every startup begins with a first step and today is the day I take it. Wish me luck!

How Quitting My Corporate Job For My Startup Dream Completely Ruined My Life

Finally the SMS arrived:
“Tomorrow morning 5am, flight number AZ610 from Rome to NewYork.”

An SMS hitting my BlackBerry on Sunday evenings used to decide my destination and client for the coming week.

I was working for one of the top three global strategy consulting firms.

A life packed in a suitcase. A consulting life where you miss out on everything and everyone in life, except Excel spreadsheets. A fancy business life we are taught to be ideal slaves of, at top business schools whose degrees we are proud to hold.

After few hours of sleep, the private driver was taking me to the Rome Fuimicino airport so I could take my fancy business-class flight to NYC. Upon arrival, I was checking in to a fancy five-star hotel and heading to my client’s office afterwards.

The salary? It was fancy, too. The company was proud to be among the top payers of the industry.

Parents

There was something wrong with this consulting life, though. I couldn’t stand this fancy bullsh*t any longer and one day I called my parents:

“Dad, mom, I just quit my job. I want to start my own startup.”

My mom almost had a heart attack. It wasn’t the first thing a perfectionist mother wanted to hear after encouraging me to graduate from the world’s top business schools with top grades.

I tried to ease her distress. No chance.

“Mom, I hate it. All these consultants are pretending to be happy and they are taking happiness pills. I get to sleep only 3–4 hours a day. All those benefits the company promised don’t exist. Remember the fancy five-star hotel? I am working almost 20 hours a day and I don’t even enjoy it. Fancy breakfast? We never have time to have that. Fancy lunch, dinner? It’s just a sandwich in front of our Excel spreadsheets.

Oh, by the way, instead of enjoying a champagne, I stare at spreadsheets during my entire business class flights, too. The fancy salary? I never have time to spend a single penny of it.

I hate my life, Mom, it’s such a loser life. I don’t even see my girlfriend. I can’t fake it anymore. I want to start my own business.”

My parents had retired after years of a 9–5 working routine at their secure and boring government jobs.

I knew that coming from a family with no entrepreneurial background, it would be difficult to explain my situation to them, but I didn’t expect the call next morning.

It was my mom on the phone:

“Sooooooooo, how is your business doing?! Is it growing?!”

No matter what I said, I couldn’t explain to her that a business needs more than one day to grow.

Girlfriend, Friends & Social Circle

Having had the most supportive girlfriend ever, it was now time I shared the news with my friends who were busy climbing the fancy career steps in the fancy corporate world.

I told everyone that I just quit my job to follow my startup dream. Some of my friends gradually stopped seeing me, probably because they thought there was something wrong with me since it was the second “fancy” job I had quit in a short period of time.

While the rest of my friends were supportive, there was, however, still something wrong with my relationship with them:

I soon realized I was starting to pull myself away from social gatherings.

Every time I met with those friends, I didn’t have many updates to give them in response to their repeated questions, such as, “So, how is your startup going? You are going to be the next Zuckerberg, right?” “Oh man, we are so proud of you and we are so sure you will soon receive a huge round of investment.”

Doing a startup was a long journey and I was putting myself under so much pressure by giving such a f*ck about what other people think.

Day by day, I was getting lonelier and more depressive as I avoided social occasions. My startup progress was not as fast as my social circle imagined it to be and I was fed up with telling people it took years for startups like Facebook and Twitter to arrive at where they are now.

The only comfortable place was next to my few entrepreneur friends. It was true, only an entrepreneur could understand an entrepreneur.

Cash, cash, cash.

As if the social pressure and loneliness were not enough, I was meeting the mother of all stresses: running out of cash much faster than I had imagined.

This was killing my productivity and ability to make proper decisions. I was panicking and rushing to be successful and to make money.

One day, I even found myself asking my girlfriend for a few cents because I had no money to buy bottled water. I didn’t know it was just the beginning of such a difficult life full of ups and downs…

Today.

Enough with the drama: more than two years have passed since those days. I am now writing this blog post in a beautiful resort in Phuket, Thailand, while enjoying my mojito.

Wait, I am not selling a dream. No, I haven’t become a millionaire startup founder.

However, my business has a constant stream of cash that allows me to travel the world and to work from wherever there is WiFi.

There are, however, five things I wish I had asked myself before starting this painful journey. Five questions I believe every future entrepreneur should ask himself before taking the first step to entrepreneurship:

1. Are you ready for the social pressure?

If you have friends and family who are not entrepreneurs, they won’t truly understand what you are trying to achieve and the public pressure will be even higher.

I cared so much about what other people think of me– so much that it ruined my life.

I was so hard on myself and punished myself with even more work so I could announce my success as soon as possible. That is, until the day I realized no one gave a f*ck about me, so why would I?

You are no more than a few seconds of attention other people give to a Facebook status. In 2014, no one has time to care about others in such a crowded, noisy world.

If you care so much about what others think, you will waste your time trying to prove that you are successful instead of focusing on your startup.

Get a life. I got mine quite late.

2. Are you single or do you have an extremely supportive partner?

As we grow up, we share more of our life with our partners than with our friends or family. While I was lucky to have such an amazing girl, it was so sad to see many of my entrepreneur friends breaking up with their girlfriends along the way.

Doing your own business is tough – way tougher than I could have ever imagined. Your mind is constantly f*cked up with a million things going on inside and no other person, including your girlfriend, has a single clue what is going on in there.

If you are not single, make sure your partner understands it’s sometimes normal not to have a mindset even for a simple kiss. Yes, for a simple proper French kiss.

3. Do you have enough cash to last at least a year?

Good, then multiply that amount at least by three because you will be running out of your savings way faster than you ever imagined. Along the way, there will be so many hidden costs, accountant fees, lawyer needs, broken iPhones or PCs, etc.

Get ready for a smaller apartment, smaller food portions, or counting your cents, which you never cared about in your life previously.

The last few months before you totally run out of your cash will be especially difficult and the pressure will grow so exponentially that you won’t be able to sleep properly.

Success will come slowly, and cash will burn fast. Be smart – plan from day one.

4. Are you ready to sleep only few hours a day?

Having escaped from the corporate consulting world, I was thinking I was finally going to live the dream by working whenever I wanted to work – until I read Lori Greiner’s following quote:

 It all started by little wake-ups in the middle of the night. At the beginning, it was because I was too excited about my ideas and I had so many of them. I simply couldn’t wait for the morning to arrive so that I could start working again.

Then came the exaggeration phase. I was working too much because I never had enough of working for my idea and I wanted to do more. However, the more I worked and the later I went to bed, the more difficult it was to fall asleep and the lower the quality of my sleep became.

As a result, at least two or three days of every week I was having days with almost no productivity.

Don’t be fooled by my fancy Instagram picture above. Don’t be fooled by over-hyped funding news about startup founders becoming millionaires.

The stories behind the scenes have so many painful days, sleepless nights, and continuous rejections and failures.

The journey to success is long. Very long. Very often, too long.

5. How do you define success?

Each of us has a different priority list in life. For most people, money is the number one priority on the list, while work-life balance ranks higher for others. Consequently, people define success differently.

Depending on your definition of success, the difficulty of your entrepreneurial journey will differ, too. If money and public success are what matters to you the most, you are likely to have a hard time along your journey.

Remember Hemingway’s wise words:

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

Successful entrepreneurs are not necessarily those who raise millions of investment rounds. Don’t forget, they are one in a million.

There are, however, thousands of dreamers out there who manage to bootstrap their startups or live so well off on their own, but even they do not make it to the top of tech news.

No matter how much your journey f*cks up your life or how difficult it will be, enjoy the ride and keep following your passion. As Tony Gaskin puts it perfectly:

“If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs.”

Written by: Ali Mese, growth hacker, startup marketer, foodie, and globetrotter, is the founder of Piqers. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
Read more: https://medium.com/everything-about-startups-and-entrepreneurship/how-quitting-my-corporate-job-for-my-startup-dream-f-cked-my-life-up-3b6b3e29b318#ixzz3D3wrdTOF

Why I Suggest McDonald’s When My Employees Can’t Decide Where To Get Lunch

Here we go, I posted an article for reminding me how good it is. And I want to share it with you guys.As always, I keep the original title and content without changing anything. Credits to writer and businessinsider.com

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I use a trick with co-workers when we’re trying to decide where to eat for lunch and no one has any ideas. I recommend McDonald’s.
An interesting thing happens. Everyone unanimously agrees that we can’t possibly go to McDonald’s, and better lunch suggestions emerge. Magic!

It’s as if we’ve broken the ice with the worst possible idea, and now that the discussion has started, people suddenly get very creative. I call it the McDonald’s Theory: people are inspired to come up with good ideas to ward off bad ones.

This is a technique I use a lot at work. Projects start in different ways. Sometimes you’re handed a formal brief. Sometimes you hear a rumor that something might be coming so you start thinking about it early. Other times you’ve been playing with an idea for months or years before sharing with your team. There’s no defined process for all creative work, but I’ve come to believe that all creative endeavors share one thing: the second step is easier than the first. Always.

Anne Lamott advocates “shitty first drafts,” Nike tells us to “Just Do It,” and I recommend McDonald’s just to get people so grossed out they come up with a better idea. It’s all the same thing. Lamott, Nike, and McDonald’s Theory are all saying that the first step isn’t as hard as we make it out to be. Once I got an email from Steve Jobs, and it was just one word: “Go!” Exactly. Dive in. Do. Stop over-thinking it.

The next time you have an idea rolling around in your head, find the courage to quiet your inner critic just long enough to get a piece of paper and a pen, then just start sketching it. “But I don’t have a long time for this!” you might think. Or, “The idea is probably stupid,” or, “Maybe I’ll go online and click around for —”

No. Shut up. Stop sabotaging yourself.

The same goes for groups of people at work. The next time a project is being discussed in its early stages, grab a marker, go to the board, and throw something up there. The idea will probably be stupid, but that’s good! McDonald’s Theory teaches us that it will trigger the group into action.

It takes a crazy kind of courage, of focus, of foolhardy perseverance to quiet all those doubts long enough to move forward. But it’s possible, you just have to start. Bust down that first barrier and just get things on the page. It’s not the kind of thing you can do in your head, you have to write something, sketch something, do something, and then revise off it.

Not sure how to start? Sketch a few shapes, then label them. Say, “This is probably crazy, but what if we …” and try to make your sketch fit the problem you’re trying to solve. Like a magic spell, the moment you put the stuff on the board, something incredible will happen. The room will see your ideas, will offer their own, will revise your thinking, and by the end of 15 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour, you’ll have made progress.

That’s how it’s done.

Source:https://medium.com/@ienjoy/mcdonalds-theory-9216e1c9da7d#ixzz3AtAh6LH7

3 Time Management Solutions To Keep Productive All Day

I founded this article. That’s why I keep the same title. Credits to Business Insider and writer. It is really useful and makes me think “it’s easy to be productive” but all the laziness causes you otherwise.

As an entrepreneur, I’m always strapped for time. I’ve reached the point where I literally don’t breathe without thinking about how I can further my business aspirations. If you want to make it big, you need to realize the value of your time.

When last month I launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund my startup, I didn’t sleep the first three days, it seems. The results showed, though, as we reached our $15,000 funding goal by the end of Day 3. Launching and running a company drains you of time.

I’m a sophomore in college with a full load of classes. I am also a senator in my university’s student government, the vice president our of entrepreneurship organization, the marketing chair of the Student International Business Council and a tutor for the Chinese Language Union. I manage all this along with my company, Yes Man Watches.

I’ve learned three vital solutions for effectively managing time on a daily basis. Realize that everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, yet to make the most of time you need to consider your use of it. If you think someone is doing more with his or her day, you’re probably not utilizing your time efficiently.

1. Set short term goals to achieve long-term ones. This technique can be applied to almost anything. For example when launching my Kickstarter campaign, I made a to-do list that included writing my campaign page, shooting my video, contacting bloggers, among other things. My long-term goal was to launch a Kickstarter campaign while my to-do list included shorter-term goals that could be broken down even further. Shooting my video could be broken down into these components: finding a reputable videographer and writing the script and storyboard.

I also apply this goal-setting approach at school: If I have an eight-page English paper due in two weeks, my long-term goal is to complete my paper while my short-term goal would be to write an outline of it.

2. Use apps. Technology can help you manage your time efficiently. One of my favorite tools on my iPhone is simply my reminder app. Each night before I go to sleep, I write down at least three goals for the next day. This helps me have an agenda handy when I wake up and I try not to go to bed before setting my goals for the following day.

Social media is a huge distraction and time sink for people today. Though social media can be a great digital tool, if you’d like to limit your time on Facebook, Twitter or any other website, start using this Google Chrome extension: Stayfocused. This productivity app enables you to limit the amount of time you spend on any website page. I set a daily limit of 30 minutes for Facebook use. Once my 30 minutes is up, Stayfocused blocks it.

3. Plan your day. Instead of focusing on the time you don’t have, look at your free time and allocate it effectively. I look at my class schedule, see what free time I have and then use it to follow up on my daily reminders. If you work full-time, realize that your 9-to-5 job takes up just one-third of your day. Reframe the way you look at your day and you’ll realize you have more time than you previously thought.

Once you’re aware of the free time slots in your schedule, start planning what you’re going to do with them. As an entrepreneur, I’d suggest utilizing your free time to reach some of your short-term goals that will help you attain a longer-term one. For example during the stretch when I was contacting media outlets for my Kickstarter launch, if I had 20 minutes between classes, I’d try to add a few relevant blogs to my media-contact list.

The most valuable asset we have in our lives is time. Once you understand how to effectively manage your time, you’ll fully realize its worth. As Michael LeBoeuf said, “Waste your money and you’re only out of money, but waste your time and you’ve lost a part of your life.”

Nathan Resnick is a sophomore at the University of San Diego and the founder of Yes Man Watches. Having launched and advised several successful Kickstarter campaigns, he knows the ins and outs of how to turn ideas into realities.

Read more: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/232162#ixzz2xEXn1JDM

Pilot Project

One word: excited! Berasa keren dan gaya, finally setelah beberapa lama mengamati dan mempelajari dengan seksama tapi tidak dalam tempo sesingkat-singkatnya, gue akan segera melakukan pilot project. YAIY! Masih dalam bentuk coret-coret dan kasar banget, tapi tak apa. Pelan-pelan coba diperbaiki dan masuk tahap berikutnya. Targetnya dalam 2 bulan ke depan bisa launch this product di komunitas gue.  Penasaran?? Nanti dishare deh. Do’akan semoga bisa jalan segera, ya!

Link gambar ada disini.