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I think, fiddle and flahoolick. Excitable. Co founder and drawer guy at Fizzle.co

Q: What’s the secret of growing a startup? “You’ve got to start with a small, intense fire. Suppose you’re the Apple I. They only made about 500 of those things, so, all they had to do was find 500 people to buy these computers, and they launched Apple. APPLE!

On episode 44 of the Fizzle Show we shared a bit at the end about some of the inbox management practices we've come to love. Below is a list of those and others that didn't make it into the show. Share your tips in the comments.

There are two ways of building your thing… the idea, the book, the course, the painting, the business, whatever your thing is. In this article, Julie Zhuo (product design director at Facebook) lays out the two ways like this:

Hear how they made their first product along with lessons learned, what they wish they’d known and their best advice. The Fizzle Show dedicated the month of January to helping folks think better about making their first product by sharing the stories of others:

Panels can be insanely wasteful experiences. I spend about a thousand bucks to get a conference ticket, plane flight and hotel to show up in a room where there’s 4 people on stage sitting at a cheap table giving me what is, essentially, an NFL half time report.

You are a human. We think that’s your greatest business asset. Through your humanity you experience and intuit and empathize and create. That’s business, baby. Our humanity is a danger as well. We slip into vanity, insecurity, fear, isolation.

As I write this I’m literally in the bathroom at my hotel in Las Vegas enjoying a quiet moment before another night out with friends and conference goers. I’ll let you guess at the chair I’ve engaged.

This is a quicky but it packs a punch. I stumbled across an article written by someone who’d just officially killed his startup. His story speaks volumes. You’ve got to go read his post here. You can sense the pain in his words.