Monthly Archives: April 2021

📻 — You Know, Just Another Startup Pitch Competition on Tuesday Morning…

Hello and good morning yenizens!

I got my vaccination yesterday! A little numb, but, I managed to crap something out for the daily issue; and, of course, links for creators and community-builders!

  1. End death. Huh. Amazing. 1feed. Leave me alone. SaaS Stack.
  2. American dreams. Options. Getbalance. Daostack. AirTags. Slack.
  3. OOh. VideoTouch. Trans. Remoteclan. Clay. 11 levels. Yay. Creator+.
  4. Online courses. Scooters. Flex. History. Grace. Original ideas. Neat!
  5. Ship it. VSCode Notion. DevX. Brutal. Good thing. Infra. Caitlyn.
  6. Multiverse. After pandemic. Weekend Club tech stack. Yolo. Unreal.
  7. Honest. Cookie consent. TikTok biz. Social marketing. Competition.
  8. Distribution. Portability. Creator-market fit. Creator Library. Confidence.
  9. Paperclip. Bolt. Pronto. Promises. Super-good. Postal service.
  10. Or you could work for a startup. Russia pulls out. Ownership.

To infinity & community,

— john


Congratulations? I guess. Fuck, I really have to do this now…

I’ve had an elevated heart rate for the last 4 days because on Friday I learned that I had been accepted into the YCombinator Startup School Pitch Competition. Yes, one of those.

And by the time you read this I may have already competed and either made a little bit of a mess of myself or not. Hopefully not.

I am very grateful for my family’s help who endured me doing this 1,000+ times, every single day:

https://twitter.com/yenFTW/status/1386120045571428353

The only thing that I know to be true about public speaking is that the folks who are the very best make it look easy because they’ve spent an ungodly-amount of time practicing. I do this so that I don’t look stupid, but, same difference at this point.

I was able to “kill two birds” and used the opportunity to also update the landing page. That’s a win, even if I get my ass handed to me in the competition today! It’s all about practice.

I’ll take it.

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📻 — The ABCs of Creator Success: Art, Business, and Community

Good morning yenizens!

I hope you had a great weekend! I spent the time updating my landing page (and getting roasted a bit) as well as relaxing, which, is a bit rare for me but I’ll take it.

  1. Suicide. Classic. Blockchain / Basketball. Legend. Guilty. TinyVid.
  2. Upping game. Raising. Blows mind. Golden age? No idea. Liro.
  3. Overwatch. ZoomApps. Purple. Azimuth. Levers. Metrics. Troopl.
  4. Anduril. STeam, insight. Mantra. STP. Weed. Kelly. Graphs. Brady.
  5. The stake. Books. Truly wants. Mamba. Calculus. Relate. Framer.
  6. Wrestling. Content bot? How to grow / retain an audience? Warby.
  7. Universal creative Income! Vis future. PSA. Ripplematch. Maj. platforms.
  8. AI vid. Pragma. Casual. Mindgram. Amazon++? Sonar. Ask CH.
  9. UI.glass. Nodejs. Happy Bday FTP. Hates it. Super-cool. Macro.
  10. Making space. Nazi ponies. Portability. Discord, yay. Underground.

To infinity & community,

— john


As a creator myself, I have known these 3 things to be true for 20+ years and it’s only been recently where I’ve figured out how to actually solve this fundamental problem (and opportunity).

It’s what I call (and coined) the “ABCs of Creator Success” and once you see it, you can’t unsee it because we all know it to be true. Every creator, big and small, ultimately wants to spend more time doing what they lovetheir art — that is first and foremost. And, for many of us, it’s literally the only reason we get up in the morning!

Some of us also want to build a business, but not every creator has that desire. At the very least, all creators want the financial challenges related to their art to be solved in a way that doesn’t steal valuable and precious time away from the first love: their art. And for even many more they’d just like a simple and intuitive system to monetize their art amongst their audience, fans, and patrons; hassle-free.

Lastly, the modern creator understands the fundamental relationship that they have with their community, the folks that they know, love, and that supports their continued work. Creator success in today’s economy requires tooling that empowers creators to connect directly with their audience without middle-men or algorithmically-controlled feeds — there’s a real sense of pride and ownership that exists for today’s creators, entrepreneurs, and business builders.

In short, creator success circles the ABCs:

  1. Creators want to spend more time doing what they love: Their art.
  2. Creators want to spend less time operating the “business” side of the project.
  3. Creators want to make more money — without more work — via their community.

It really is that simple. That’s what I’ve been obsessing over and that’s what I’ve been building. That’s YEN.


I had a fun exchange with my 14-year old who schooled me above on what a “simp” is. Ah…

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