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πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸ’»πŸš€ Side Projects for Fun and Profit - 2020 Edition

by Adeel Ahmad

This is the fourth year for this talk and as always it will be packed with real world tips, resources, anecdotes, and real talk to inspire you to start (and finish) that project lurking in your head. This is not another panel session. This talk is always fast-paced and very tactical.

I'll be bringing back the classic jokes of years past like "Copy/Paste", "Lipstick on a db"... and writing plenty of new material.

Many people still think side projects are distractions that don't lead to anything serious - but not you. You know that the biggest ideas usually start small, accidentally and evolve organically before changing the world. Here you'll pick up plenty of tools for anyone with no time and no money to get that software idea off the ground.

I'll go over things like:

Why do a side project?

What if I don't have the coding skills?

How can I learn what I need to code?

How should an experienced coder approach side projects?

What if I don't have the money?

How do I get users?

How do I validate it?

How much time do I need?

What about XYZ myth that says I can't do this?

What about XYZ reason to keep procrastinating?

Do I need to quite my job?

Social media hacks, Facebook ads and targeting, Twitter ads, etc...

As always, I'll also go over my own progress on projects since last Minnebar. In fact, the slide deck will be generated by a new side project called Fatcap, inspired by this very talk, and previewed at Minnedemo 32 last year.

Also, check out my other talk: Misophonia - Coping with a Hatred of Sounds.

All levels

Adeel Ahmad

Engineering Lead at Caterpillar Digital Labs

Founder/Principal at Lab 1908, a startup studio in St. Paul.

Investor/advisor at a bunch of startups around Twin Cities and San Francisco.

Board member at Articulture

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

Twitter @_adeel // LinkedIn


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