“You’re a success if you get up in the morning and go to bed at night and in between do what you want to do.”—Bob Dylan
Simple Venture Design is my attempt to figure out the best ways of making a living by doing what you like to do, are good at, and care about.
I believe the job is in decline as a business model, which means that we all need to get better at designing our own “jobs”. It doesn’t really matter if you’re an individual trying to build a lifestyle business, a team trying to start and scale a growth business or a self-sustaining social enterprise. The same tools and principles usually apply.
“Curating” sounds a bit pretentious, but I really do try and collect the best thinking and practices on how to design, start, and grow businesses that serve their founders’ dreams. But I don’t just want to collect them, I want to summarise, synthesise and translate them so you can easily apply them. That’s what this newsletter is all about. “All killer and no filler!” is the goal:
A good place to start is by reading about the Venture Design Canvas.
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Who are you?
I’m Paul Sturrock. I’ve spent most of my career working at or with startups. I’ve worked with a wide range of people, including scientists, artists, designers, and social entrepreneurs to help them design, grow and scale their businesses. I do that by coaching or developing bespoke workshops, courses, or acceleration programmes. My current projects include:
Climbworks Helping startup founders to become scale-ready CEOs
FastForward London: Next cohort February 2020
Walthamstow Forge for Creative Businesses: Places for available for October (if you’re a Walthamstow Business)
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