Why we are doing what we’re doing

For the 14 years that I have been in the business of helping individual investors, this is what the world of finance has looked like to most people:

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Jobless claims, ECB rates, Federal Reserve, Technical analysts, conflicting messages of predictions of tops, bottoms and currency wars.

These are the distractions of a non-stop news cycle, a hype machine.

Enough.

That’s why we created this:

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See, we believe that for most people, getting started investing should be about three things:

1.  Investing in companies that you understand and like

2.  Taking a long-term view… becoming a shareholder 

3.  Enjoyment.  You become good at the things you enjoy.

LikeFolio sets out to simplify “finance” down to what matters most…. discovering the companies that you want to call yourself an owner of.

We’re just getting started, but I love where we’re going.

Win.

The “launch party” for Disney Brothers Studio.
They were nervous.

It’s no secret that we were sticking just about every nickel we had on the chance that people would really be interested in something totally new and unique in the field of entertainment.

They were down…

Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.

But they knew….

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

They ignored…

I am not influenced by the techniques or fashions of any other motion picture company.
We are not trying to entertain the critics. I’ll take my chances with the public.

They believed…

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

and there is no “done”…

Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.

Build what you believe in.  Believe in what you build.  
Ignore them all.
Never finish.
Win.

The “launch party” for Disney Brothers Studio.

They were nervous.

It’s no secret that we were sticking just about every nickel we had on the chance that people would really be interested in something totally new and unique in the field of entertainment.

They were down…

Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.

But they knew….

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

They ignored…

I am not influenced by the techniques or fashions of any other motion picture company.

We are not trying to entertain the critics. I’ll take my chances with the public.

They believed…

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

and there is no “done”…

Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.

Build what you believe in.  Believe in what you build.  

Ignore them all.

Never finish.

Win.

I’d love to help your startup.  That’s why I created my Swantastic Startups service on Voomly…
There are four basic benefits to subscribing:
Private Q&A access:  Email me specific questions about your business, and I’ll give it my best shot within 24 hours.  I’m a pretty good resource and sounding board.
365 Startup Tips in 365 days:  New tip every day.  Some are quick-hitters/links, others are lessons learned.  
Expanded blog posts:   You obviously like my blog.  This is the only way to get more of it.  Deeper dives into the topics, war-stories…all backed up with Q&A access to let you reply with your questions about your specific situation.
Luck.  I’m lucky and that shit rubs off.
I know you’re probably expecting to pay an arm and a leg for something like this.  And you should be.  
But the truth is, this is part of a larger vision for me….and I love interacting with people that want to #win….so it’s not really “work” anyway.
$29/month.  Twenty-nine bucks.  Not for long though…. the price is going up.  Once you’re in at 29 it’ll never go up for you.
Though this is the first announcement of it, I’ve already had a phenomenal response from people that have stumbled on it…  I’m really excited to be helping so many people build such a wide-range of awesome startups!  It rocks.
So come on and sign up.  It’ll be fun.  I’ll help your business (current or future), and you’ll help me in my larger quest.
Let’s do it.
Win.
p.s.   Don’t forget to sign up now for Swantastic Startups and get private access to me for 29 little dollars per month…the price is going up eventually.
p.p.s.  Did you know that a good “p.s.” like that one can increase sales tremendously?  See… that’s just one of the 365 startup tips of the day :)

I’d love to help your startup.  That’s why I created my Swantastic Startups service on Voomly

There are four basic benefits to subscribing:

  1. Private Q&A access:  Email me specific questions about your business, and I’ll give it my best shot within 24 hours.  I’m a pretty good resource and sounding board.
  2. 365 Startup Tips in 365 days:  New tip every day.  Some are quick-hitters/links, others are lessons learned.  
  3. Expanded blog posts:   You obviously like my blog.  This is the only way to get more of it.  Deeper dives into the topics, war-stories…all backed up with Q&A access to let you reply with your questions about your specific situation.
  4. Luck.  I’m lucky and that shit rubs off.

I know you’re probably expecting to pay an arm and a leg for something like this.  And you should be.  

But the truth is, this is part of a larger vision for me….and I love interacting with people that want to #win….so it’s not really “work” anyway.

$29/month.  Twenty-nine bucks.  Not for long though…. the price is going up.  Once you’re in at 29 it’ll never go up for you.

Though this is the first announcement of it, I’ve already had a phenomenal response from people that have stumbled on it…  I’m really excited to be helping so many people build such a wide-range of awesome startups!  It rocks.

So come on and sign up.  It’ll be fun.  I’ll help your business (current or future), and you’ll help me in my larger quest.

Let’s do it.

Win.

p.s.   Don’t forget to sign up now for Swantastic Startups and get private access to me for 29 little dollars per month…the price is going up eventually.

p.p.s.  Did you know that a good “p.s.” like that one can increase sales tremendously?  See… that’s just one of the 365 startup tips of the day :)

Why say “or” when you could say “and”?
I’m a big believer in the power of voluntary restriction, because taking “and” to “or” can force some very creative solutions that lead to a blue ocean of awesomeness.
But I’m not a big fan of involuntary or assumed restrictions.  Taking “or” to “and” can also create new opportunities that no one else has even thought of.
If the premise is “or”, change it to “and”.
If the premise is “and”, change it to “or”.
Win.

Why say “or” when you could say “and”?

I’m a big believer in the power of voluntary restriction, because taking “and” to “or” can force some very creative solutions that lead to a blue ocean of awesomeness.

But I’m not a big fan of involuntary or assumed restrictions.  Taking “or” to “and” can also create new opportunities that no one else has even thought of.

If the premise is “or”, change it to “and”.

If the premise is “and”, change it to “or”.

Win.

You’re spending WAY too much time trying to figure out how company A got its users, how company B got its funding, and how company C got bought out by company D.
Repeating the processes of other startups kind of defeats the purpose of a startup.  You’re here to do something different, and you know where you’re going.
I know it’s important to learn and prepare.  But the echo-chamber of startup land is getting nauseating.  
Focus on YOU.  
Do.
Win.

You’re spending WAY too much time trying to figure out how company A got its users, how company B got its funding, and how company C got bought out by company D.

Repeating the processes of other startups kind of defeats the purpose of a startup.  You’re here to do something different, and you know where you’re going.

I know it’s important to learn and prepare.  But the echo-chamber of startup land is getting nauseating.  

Focus on YOU.  

Do.

Win.

If you’re going to do it, you might as well go big.
The most likely scenario for startups is failure.  But failing big is better than failing small.  There is evidence all around us.
The most likely scenario for you is to win.  Winning big is definitely better than winning small, and it’s actually not that much different.  
Some can make a cogent argument that failing big is better than winning small.
I’ve had a couple of small/medium wins (yes I understand there is a lot of relativity in those statements).  Looking back, I can see how they could have gone big.  In fact, I could see it at the time…but for various reasons I wasn’t ready….bird in the hand, you know?
But now I’ve associated myself with some companies that are going big.  
The difference?  
We found levers that worked and pushed them until WE were comfortable (personally).
They find the levers that work and just KEEP PUSHING harder and harder as long as they keep working for the business.
It’s really that simple.
Now I’m ready.  So are you.
Go big.
Win. 

If you’re going to do it, you might as well go big.

The most likely scenario for startups is failure.  But failing big is better than failing small.  There is evidence all around us.

The most likely scenario for you is to win.  Winning big is definitely better than winning small, and it’s actually not that much different.  

Some can make a cogent argument that failing big is better than winning small.

I’ve had a couple of small/medium wins (yes I understand there is a lot of relativity in those statements).  Looking back, I can see how they could have gone big.  In fact, I could see it at the time…but for various reasons I wasn’t ready….bird in the hand, you know?

But now I’ve associated myself with some companies that are going big.  

The difference?  

We found levers that worked and pushed them until WE were comfortable (personally).

They find the levers that work and just KEEP PUSHING harder and harder as long as they keep working for the business.

It’s really that simple.

Now I’m ready.  So are you.

Go big.

Win.