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Forget VC - Side Projects for Fun and Profit

by Adeel Ahmad

This session is aimed at those interested in starting side projects that make real money to supplement and replace your day job.

It's easier than ever to start one, or even multiple projects that make money. The benefits are obvious: independence, no outside investment, no boss other than your customers, and the freedom to really set your own schedule.

I'll lead a hopefully interactive session with my thoughts on how to get a project off the ground and humming along. Some things we'll cover are: - how to pick ideas to work on - how to organize your time - how to launch an MVP - how to find an audience - how to handle customer issues - lots of probably unconventional personal opinions on this topic

During the session I'll talk about the latest tools and platforms available to launch an app and automate as much as possible. It may get slightly technical at times but I'll try to keep it as high-level as possible.

Not every startup needs VC money - only VCs think you need VC money. It helps them get a piece of your action, and it helps scare you away from competing with their investments.

If you've got an idea you want to get off the ground - come join!

All levels

Adeel Ahmad

Lead Engineer at Yard Club - Airbnb for heavy construction equipment

Founder of Shopseen - multichannel inventory management for retailers

Founder of Postcart - Instagram ecommerce

Just moved to MN from San Francisco where I spent the last 15 years in the startup community there.

Led engineering at social media marketing pioneer Context Optional, which was acquired by Adobe. Founded Shopseen and went through the 500 Startups accelerator and Plug and Play accelerator. Spun off Postcart from Shopseen to focus on social commerce. Also advise entrepreneurs and startups back in SF and around the country.


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