Lives Of Our Days

 

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Yesterday’s announcement of the sale of Little World Beverages to Lion Nathan is yet another moment of inspiration for me…

From a financial perspective, the result is obviously a terrific outcome. But for mine, their greatest achievement has been the creation of an iconic brand and a landmark venue for Perth.

As recently as Sunday evening, whenever I find myself pondering what beer to order at a local pub, my first question is still “Rogers or Creatures Pale?”, before I even contemplate what else is on the menu! And to see how the product has been embraced in Melbourne and beyond is something for WA to be proud of.

Congratulations again to all concerned… As I’ve said before, from an entrepreneurial perspective my key takeout from the Little Creatures story was the quality of the team who brought together their different skill sets from Day One to build something which ended up becoming pretty remarkable.

Little World Beverages director Howard Cearns, one of the original founders of the brewer, told SmartCompany the deal was “a great reward for shareholders”…

"This has gone further than we ever dreamed," Cearns says.

"I am not sure we even had a scale in mind when we started other than we just wanted to make a particular type of beer…"

He shared five secrets to Little Creatures’ success withSmartCompany:

1. Believe in your product

2. Experience in the industry helps

3. Focus on the product

4. Take a different approach to marketing

5. Don’t grow distribution too quickly

6. People are key

7. Build long-term relationships

 

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“When art critics get together they talk about Form and Structure and Meaning. When artists get together they talk about where you can buy cheap turpentine.

Pablo Picasso, as quoted at the beginning of Chris Dixon’s awesome blog on Critics And Practitioners

PS: How good was FAKE GRIMLOCK’s comment?!

CRITIC ANALYSE THING TO PRETEND THEM HAVE UNDERSTANDING AND CONTROL.

CREATOR BUILD THING BECAUSE THEM UNDERSTAND NO ONE HAVE EITHER.

 

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Thanks to some awesome work by rockstar hacker Jay Whiting, we’ve now got a new project live - http://www.just1link.com/.

The premise is simple: If you could share just one link all week, what would it be?

Tell us what was the most thought-provoking article, the most interesting concept, the piece from which you learned the most… If your week could only be defined by one link, then we want to know what that link is.

One of the awesome things about the internet is that it lets us all share a million and one things, but sometimes there is value in scarcity.

We’d love to hear what you think of Just 1 Link - the project has literally come together overnight, MVP-style, so any criticism is more that welcome!

 

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An interesting read which popped onto my screen care of my delightful chum Dan.

Choice excerpt:

What have you learned about the way an entrepreneur’s brain works?

I’d always just gone and done something new and creative and innovate anytime it struck me. And building a brick-and-mortar business, suddenly I was dealing with stuff that wasn’t innovative, and suddenly I was losing my physical activity level. I was fidgety. But I’ve never had this kind of success. Everything was perfect, I was living the ultimate dream doctor’s job. And I knew inherently that if a giant boulder fell from the sky and destroyed my business and my entire life savings, I would be totally happy.

I was trying to figure out why this was. I had more and more tech people coming in, so I was dealing with more and more issues of hyper-creatives: Addiction, struggle, relationship problems, smoking, chronic fatigue, ADD. These are people who were burning themselves out. I had all these patients strating to come, people moving here from all over the world, diagnosed with ADD, trying to take Adderall. I don’t understand this diagnosis. It makes no sense to me. The description is like written for a 12-year-old boy who can’t get his homework done.

 

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“Ilya, I’m so sorry that we didn’t know. From a long line of entrepreneurs who suffered alone and quietly under our own self-doubt, I wish I could talk to you and tell you to bash the shit out of your own self-doubt, or just even slink away with your tail tucked between your legs — either way, the world would have let you take more swings at the fences.
In the wake of the suicide of Diaspora co-founder, Ilya Zhitomirskiy, Ben Huh talks from the soul, explaining how he coped with a time When Death Feels Like A Good Option… Inspiring stuff.
 

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As so often happens at The Hive, tonight’s “pitch fest” experiment massively exceeded my expectations.

It’s so encouraging to see how many people are working on such cool projects under the radar here in sleepy ol’ Perth.

Thanks to all for the kind words, the support and, more than anything, the sense of belief that good things are happening.