Swipe File #26: Humble Beginnings

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Hope you're having a great week. Enjoy this week's posts and if you're feeling inspired, pass it on.

The Inner Workings of a Subscription Box Company via /r/Entrepreneur

Did you know that Wet Shave Club was purchased on reddit for $4,000? The new owners turned it into a $100,000 business in just six months. This post details how they made it happen.

TLDR: I bought a site on reddit for 4K, partnered with another redditor, and together we spent 2 months completely retooling the business. We followed this up with 3 months of marketing, and we’re now less than 30 days away from $100K in revenue.

This is a post on how we did it.

The Stoic: 9 Principles to Help You Keep Calm in Chaos via @PaulJun_

This post is philosophy 101 for people who are interested in finding meaning in their work.

The principles within Stoicism are, perhaps, the most relevant and practical sets of rules for entrepreneurs, writers, and artists of all kinds. The Stoics focus on two things:

  1. How can we lead a fulfilling, happy life?
  2. How can we become better human beings?

The GoPro Army via @tomfoster2

Talk about humble beginnings. GoPro CEO Nick Woodman earned his startup cash selling belts out of his 1974 VW Bus. Today, he's the highest paid CEO in America and leading one of the world's most exciting brands. This is the story of his journey.

Nick and Jill moved into a cottage in the redwood forest near Pescadero, where Nick set about working 16-hour days at the computer and the sewing machine, testing new fabrics for the next-generation product, designing marketing materials, writing patent applications, and starting to build up a network of retailers.

I Will Teach You To Be Rich via @ramit

I just finished Ramit Sethi's book I Will Teach You To Be Rich and can't recommend it highly enough. If you work in the knowledge business, you are in a great position to live a rich life. This book details exactly how to make that happen. Grab the first chapter free here.

Jimmy