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August 10, 2004

Now here is Leverage for a start-up

I have been impressed over the last couple of years at how easy it is to rent most everything you need to start a company. Shared hosting, interim executives, outsourced fulfillment, outsourced customer service, software over the web, programming services, and design services. Many of these industries are project oriented with lots of out of work people looking to fill holes in their schedules. Very good market to be serviced world wide!

My friend Tom Ryan sent me a great story about how he leveraged these services to start his latest company:

"You’d be interested in this story – I got my logo, business cards and website all done for less than $400 via finding a site called www.designoutpost.com – have you heard of it? I’d think you’d like it – basically, it’s a site where a bunch of out-of-work graphic artists worldwide hang out, and primarily consists of message boards. I ran a logo contest for $100, and ended up getting about a dozen or so submissions from all over the world. I picked a Russian guy who had just relocated to Venezuela, and had him do my cards and website as well. I use iKobo to wire him the money and he picks it up via an ATM in Venezuela. It’s such a cool little way to get started with cheap graphic arts for start-ups. "

cool huh?

Posted by Martin at August 10, 2004 1:46 PM

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