10 Things I Learned from Working in a Startup Community


10. Coffee is life. Who needs a water cooler when you have a chemex. Coffee is a conversation starter and the blood that keeps everyone alive. (See also: beer)


9. Code is magic. CSS PHP JAVA XHTML TXT RUBY ASP XML OMG WTF  I don’t know what it is or how it magically makes things awesome. Everyone here knows it and I want in. Example: Go here, type the Konami Code (↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A)

8. Speak your mind.
Don’t be afraid to debate, argue, or step on someone’s toes. This can help you in future ventures. No, Jim, I do not like your stache.

7.  Ask questions. Design-speak and tech-speak are from two different worlds. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or learn some lingo. (do you have bandwidth to do today = do you have room in your schedule)

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6.  Communication is key.  Miscommunication leads to flyers like this… with email instructions as the title.


5. Use BCC. The startup community is a bunch of trolls.


4. Be an expert at bullshitting. No one knows what they’re doing, but you can act like you do. Be convincing. Be a master bullshitter.


3.  Puppies.

2. Do not waste your time.
Be constantly proactive in creating new ideas. Write them down. Half of what you write down may not make sense, but you never know what amazing new solution can rise from a bad idea’s tangent.

1. Take risks. That’s the only way you’ll ever get anywhere.

I’ve interviewed a good number of you, and I’ve realized that I should take a risk. Most are winging it, some are still figuring out, and others are clueless. I believed in Four Athens when I was hired and it drove me to pour passion into my work. Now, I believe in it so much that I quit.

I quit so that I can experience Four Athens for myself. I want to gain valuable connections, teach some, learn more, and grow. I recently graduated as a graphic designer, but there’s so much I want to learn. Four Athens is a GOLD MINE when it comes to learning code, web design, and techy amazingness.

Basically, I’m saying “F it” and taking a leap of faith.

See you in code class,



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