The easiest way to grow fast: surround yourself with people who are crushing it already


I have a long history with freelancing. It all started about 11 years ago when we still had the dark ages of the Internet. A friend showed me this cool platform where you could get clients from around the world. I was still young and inexperienced. It was my second year in a design college. At first, I was skeptical that real life clients from US, UK, and Australia will trust me with their real businesses.

But then I decided to give it a try and it changed my life forever. The payment was small, but I was learning so much without knowing it. Project Management, Negotiation, Sales, Psychology, Design, Presenting, Debate, you name it. It was those 2 years of intense freelancing work that laid out a solid foundation for my future.

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7 Tough Lessons I Learned Running Inbound’s UX Design

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I first saw in May 2015. A guy named Dharmesh sent me a link and said he was looking for an awesome designer. I took a look at the website: it wasn’t impressive. The product looked old, bloated, and complicated. But then Dharmesh told me the story behind and how he and Rand started it. He also shared his bold vision and future plans. This was a challenge worth taking!

We started to work together. During the next six months we tried a lot of ideas and strategies. Some of them worked, some of them failed. Here’s what I’ve learned:

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The inner game of design: 10 things great creatives have in common


This article was originally written for designers. But if you’re looking to hire a great designer, you can read below how can you spot them. 

I’ve had the opportunity to work with many great designers. Each designer is different. Everyone has a style, working routine and personality. That’s why I was so amazed to discover a common set of principles that successful creative people follow, consciously or unconsciously. The tools, techniques and tricks come second. The foundation of great design lies in values and principles.

Here are the most important principles I’ve learned in the last 11 years of working with designers. I haven’t yet met anyone who uses them all the time, but it’s interesting to have an ideal model.

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How to build the next Facebook for $99 in 10 easy steps


1. Steal the idea from your brilliant Asian roommate.

2. Attend a local hackathon and “flesh out” your MVP in 1 hour. You can use the remaining 23 hours to watch GOT or play Warcraft.

3. Go to Fiverr and pay $5 to a guy from Afganistan for a fully responsive design.

4. Recruit your CTO from India. Pay him $3.99 to build your app in 2 days.

5. List your product on Product Hunt. Buy a six pack and one pizza at a local entrepreneurship meetup to get 10.000 upvotes for your listing. Don’t forget, entrepreneurs live on $2.99 / month so they always love free pizza.

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Why “cool” startups are lame and what’s the only way to be cool


The Internet is full with the phrase “cool startup”. You see it in the job boards, Twitter, Facebook, TechCrunch, on blogs and pretty much everywhere.

Being cool is the only way to go for a startup these days? I don’t think so. That’s just lame and dangerous. Why? The focus of any startup team should be adding value to people’s lives and getting paid for doing that.

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