It would be cool to see a crowdsourcing platform where you would do little tasks in exchange for virtual currency on the mobile phone. You could create a huge labor platform for a very cheap amount.
Chris McCann is the co-founder of StartupDigest which publishes weekly email newsletters of the best startup events and what to read for your industry (within tech) to 250,000+ members.
What does your typical day look like?
Wake up and work all day :) We work out of our house/office in Palo Alto and tend to work a lot and take breaks playing Halo or doing flips into our pool. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDiO4tITPQU
3 trends that excite you?
Startups becoming international, cheaper, and funding being democratized.
How do you bring ideas to life?
Hard work and lots of focus. If you are just starting off with an idea start with launching “minimal viable products” quickly with the goal of getting traction: http://www.slideshare.net/cmccann77/startupdigest-kellogg.
What inspires you?
Getting positive feedback from our customers and users that we are actually making their lives better.
What is one mistake you’ve made, and what did you learn from it?
A while back I tried starting a company with a older corporate executive. I learned that startups are very very different than big companies.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
I’ve been thinking about this for awhile but don’t have time to do anything with it. It would be cool to see a crowdsourcing platform where you would do little tasks in exchange for virtual currency on the mobile phone. You could create a huge labor platform for a very cheap amount.
What do you read every day? Why?
I am biased but I love reading our StartupDigest Reading lists. They help me keep up to date with verticals I wouldn’t otherwise know about.
What is your favorite gadget, app or piece of software that helps you every day?
This might be cliche but my iPhone. It helps me stay productive wherever I am.
What’s your favorite thing about starting a company?
It’s fun! If you are going through all of the trouble of creating instead of working for someone else, you better be having fun while doing it.
What do you do for fun?
One thing we did recently was threw a big pool party for our subscribers and VIP members of StartupDigest.