Synth: Week of 10.26.20
Nat Eliason on Email Inflow:
On Angel Investing (via Not Boring):
On Story Telling (article below):
- You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.
- keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do
- you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it.
- Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours.
- What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them.
- Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle.
- Finish your story, let go even if it’s not perfect.
- When you’re stuck, make a list of what WOULDN’T happen next.
- Pull apart the stories you like.
- Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it
- Discount the 1st thing that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th — get the obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself.
- Give your characters opinions.
- Why must you tell THIS story? What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of?
- If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel?
- What are the stakes? Give us reason to root for the character. What happens if they don’t succeed?
- No work is ever wasted. If it’s not working, let go and move on — it’ll come back around to be useful later.
- You have to know yourself: the difference between doing your best & fussing. Story is testing, not refining.
- Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.
Finding a mentor:
- Target very specific concepts and areas you would like to improve upon.
- Find people you think are exceptional at those tasks.
- Ask your network for a way to contact that person.
- Approach that person with a very specific ask and topics — 1 hour per month and 1/2 day per quarter.
- Pixar’s 22 rules of storytelling.
- Software is Eating the Markets, Packy McCormick
- I have a Few Questions, Collab Fund
- How to Price your Saas Product, Patrick Campbell
- 10x Your Career, NfX
- How I Spend 5 minutes Per Day on Email, Nat Eliason
- If you get everything else wrong in pricing, but you get your value metric right, you’ll do ok.” — Patrick Campbell
- “every decision you make along the way should optimize for learning, speed, and network growth” — NfX
- If Fifth Wall wants to be King-Makers, I’d rather be a prince-builder.