I really need to restart my Reggio Emilia inspired playgroup

I’m soooo really, reeeally mad right now!!!

Since May of this year, I had started to notice my son’s “terrible 2’s” behaviors / personality beginning to emerge. I decided to spend more time with him, putting my limited Reggio Emilia Approach knowledge to work. I organized a “Parents led, child initiated” playgroup, got to know some truly awesome parents and REA educators! Learned about RIE and fell in love with it. Through it all, my relationship with my son has grown sooooo much (I was away for most of his first year of life and worked full time most of his 2nd.)

Sadly, came September, work began to pick up. Speaking engagements in Japan & Hong Kong. I also thought about scaling my REA playgroups idea so that I can help more parents, (I feel that this is so important, it actually has potential to change the world!! Just imagine a whole new generation of passionate, confident, independent thinkers who are not afraid to challenge the status quo!!) I began to spend more and more time with this work… applied and beat out 80+ other teams to join AcceleratorHK, so now I’m full time trying to make this dream happen.

These 2 months where I started to spend less and less time with my son, I watched his behavior turned back… worse and worse. 😦

Just now, we had a hell of a time putting him to sleep. Going to sleep used to be the most peaceful thing just before September. We would go through our nightly routine, and then Luc would happily go pick his story books and we would go into the room. I would read him 2 or 3 stories, then he’ll hold on to the story books and quietly fall asleep.

These days, sometimes I can’t even get through the entire story with him. He would go back outside, scream at the top of his voice for our maid, or mom, and then may be back to me. The slightest move to stop him from something, he would scream. I used to calmly talk to him about alternatives and I had repeatedly told my wife and our helper, but somehow, I’m the only one who can really do it. These days, Luc spend most of his time with the maid, and it has just, been, the, fucking, WORST!!!!! I cannot stand this anymore!!!!! Nothing is more important to me than my son’s well being. NOTHING!!!! I need to go back and restart my morning playgroups. Every! Fucking! Morning!!!

I think the saddest, worst part of all of this, is that I know I should’ve been there for my child, but I wasn’t, and now the maid has caused all these problems, and instead of getting pissed off at the maid, I get pissed off at my son. 😦 I’m really reeeeally hating myself for this right now 😦

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First 2 weeks at AcceleratorHK

Haven’t touched my personal blog for a while as I’ve been concentrating on my “Early Childhood Education” blog, which is my new project to help parents like myself raise confident, independent thinkers who won’t be afraid to challenge the broken education system! With that, I was lucky enough to beat out 80+ other teams from around the world to join the AcceleratorHK program!

It’s now 2 weeks into AcceleratorHK. Coming out failing pretty spectacularly from my last startup, I knew all about the importance of doing customer validations and not even building a MVP or any prototypes! But still, it feels a little unnatural to not be actively “working” on our product. Last week, rather than jumping right in to what most people would normally call work, we were mashed into different teams and assigned a random business idea to work on for 48 hours, similar to Startup Weekend. Furuzonfar AKA Foobar, Carlos and I became one team and we got a “Dating” business! 3 guys, out in the field doing customer validations, about dating! I thought we did pretty well, we started with a brief Design Thinking session to map out all the stakeholders, from that we chose a group of people who are socially awkward and we hypothesized that we could created some kind of tools that would help them at that spontaneous moment in the bar or at a party to start a conversation. We went to HKU, talked to a few people and it quickly became clear that our hypothesis was wrong, people either aren’t going out or if they are, they won’t even try to talk to strangers! With our assumptions proven wrong, we needed to pivot! We talked and talked and eventually stumbled upon a real problem with going clubbing, people like to go clubbing in groups, but it’s hard to meet & talk to the other sex in a club coz its loud! So, we pivoted to a service that hook 2 groups up for food before going to clubbing!

Finally, back at the Cocoon, Foobar did another thought exercise with us, I forgot exactly how that went but we then came up with the idea of a drinking game, matching guys and girls and giving the losers things to say as pick up lines… that became our last pivot. A mobile game! Gamifying dating! The whole experience has been really fun for me, I’ve always had a strong intuition in picking up the right clues and forming good ideas out of them. So working with someone like Foobar who knows all these processes to draw out my ideas had been great!!

2 mentors came in the first week! John Bristowe talked about Kendo Ui, PhoneGap and Icenium, and Oscar Ramos taught us Visual Thinking. Came Friday, we had our first weekly group meeting. Once again, even though we haven’t really worked on our products, we all had to just do our 1 minute pitching. It made me realized how weak a pitch I had. A big part of creating a new startup is actually just sales! You need to be able to sell your idea (and yourself) very well!

This Monday we had first 1-on-1 with Stephen and Paul, we talked about our business model canvas and we had questions about what to do next. This was where joining AcceleratorHK really paid off! Because both Stephen and Paul are experienced lean startup entrepreneurs, they were able to pull us back from all the different customer segments and big plans we have! Left on our own, my co-founder Soren Jones and I already have the discipline in being lean and staying focused, but it’s just so much more helpful to have mentors to talk to! We’re now 100% focused on doing customer validations on a subset of parents!

I could probably keep writing about our next 2 mentors, Salim Virani, creator of LeanCamp and Mikaal Abdulla, Co-founder & CEO of 8Securities, but that would most likely double the length of this already long blog post! So I’ll stop.

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Has Kickstarter just gone International?

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Check your Kickstarter.com front page! Has it changed? Mine is showing Tokyo, Japan just below “the fold”! Does this mean Kickstarter has opened to International projects? Not yet! At least not according to their project submission page:

 

  • You are a permanent US resident with a Social Security Number (or EIN).
  • You have a US address, US bank account, and US state-issued ID (driver’s license).
  • You have a major US credit or debit card.

 

Still, this is the first major overhaul of Kickstarter’s front page and it definitely points toward an international expansion in the near future! Design-wise however, I think it’s an eye-sore. I even questioned my eyes and started thinking may be I’ve hit their staging server!

The other major change is the “Your Friends” tab, which was implented in late March. My personal observation is that it had significantly brought up the inactive backers’ return rate, resulting in overall higher project funded amount!

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“Inactive Backers” were probably one of the main hurdles Kickstarter needed to overcome. People who came across a cool project reported on the web, came to Kickstarter to back it, but then never returned to back another project! So far Kickstarter had done a great job curating their front page to keep it fresh and interesting, but from a user’s point of view, it’s still a hit and miss. The new “Your friend backed X project” email has been amazing to me! I began recieving news about what my friends are backing and it had prompted me to back a couple of projects myself! (Even though I’m a big fan of Kickstarter, I belong to one of those “inactive backers” bunch.) Another thing that struck me was how prolific some of my friends are, almost everyday I see a few of them backing a wide range of projects! This has been interesting as well, as before this Kickstarter was sending out their own “Projects We Love” emails, which was a complete flop, nobody gives a shit! Now, I’ll open each of those emails to see what my friends have backed, again!!

Still, I think Kickstarter can take a page from what I did for Makible on this! Backing a project is a highly personal experience and we’d like to share with our friends “Why am I backing this project!” So, allow backers to write a message after the backing process, and then include that message in the email sent out to his friends! This has been one of the most praised feature of Makible.com.

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Shadowrun Returns on Kickstarter

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For those of you old enough to remember Shadowrun on SNES, (or just the SNES / Genesis 16 bit generation), I'm sure you've backed this Shadowrun Returns project already. (Right? You have, right?!!)

It just ended yesterday, and the numbers are a good indication of just how awesome Kickstarter is! You see, they also opened a page for people to pledge using PayPal, you'll get all the same rewards, it's just paying on PayPal rather than Kickstarter. So, one would imagine the PayPal side should get a hefty sum of money too…

Well, including PayPal, the final total is $1,895,772!!! And $1,836,447 is listed on Kickstarter!!! Which means PayPal only pulled in $59,325. That's a mere 3% of the total!!! Ouch!!!!
From the get go, we started Makible to be different from Kickstarter, but because of how much I love Kickstarter personally, I infused a lot of its elements to the current Makible.com. Like my previous project with the LEGO crowdsourced design site, my goal is to empower individuals to bring their innovative ideas into reality. I want to shift the system from the old, soulless, mass-manufacturing model to the new, passionate, crowd supported model. With Makible, we're pivoting our role to become more of a "tools maker", we provide the tools for people to innovate and make things. We hope to enable people to create more amazing projects on the big crowdfunding sites, and if anyone needs to get things made after a successful funding campaign, we're here to help as well!

In the meantime, you're hearing less news from us during this transitional period. But do check blog.makible.com and makibox.com for news of our first working prototype!

-Nick
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Last week, something awesome happened! 3 of my favorite people / things in life collided when Simon Pegg, creator the geeky “Spaced” sitcom (which I loved) and movie Shaun of the Dead, came on Conan O’Brien (I’m with Team Coco) and plugged the Shaun of the Dead LEGO set on LEGO CUUSOO!

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Lessons Learned from Startup Weekend Global Organizers Summit

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March 8th, 2012 marked my first Startup Weekend Global Organizers Summit, I took so many notes in this one day event I don’t know how to put them into a blog post! So I’m just gonna type everything up and share it with you all! (Midway through writing this, I realized I should probably put this on Google Docs and set it to public, so that all of you at SWOS 2012 can add your notes to it!) Also, this is purely my notes from the Startup Weekend Global Organizers Summit 2012. If you’re looking for my SXSW related posts, check out Me Being Awesome at SXSW 2012, Storified! and 5 Things You Can Do to Increase Your Startup’s Exposure at a Big Event.

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Me Being Awesome at SXSW 2012, Storified!

I storified my time at SXSW… on Storify…  Read more ›

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