My name is Dan Shipper. I'm 22 and I'm a senior at UPenn majoring in philosophy. I run a company called Firefly. We've been around for about year, and in that time we've bootstrapped our way to well into the 6-figures in revenue, with over 5,000 customers.
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The problem with writing about entrepreneurship is that it's generally written by two types of people:
1. People who take a practical approach: "It worked for me, therefore it will work for you."
2. People who take an intellectual approach: "There are deep reasons why things should work this way, therefore it will work for you."
The problem with a purely practical approach is that it's generally myopic. It's hard to have a broad, relevant world-view if the only experiences you learn from are your own.
The problem with a purely intellectual approach is that it's very easy to come to wild conclusions that have no bearing on reality but sound good. This kind of armchair entrepreneurship produces books and blog posts with nice-sounding titles, but end up having little long-term relevance.
A term coined by Nassim Taleb, Distilled Thinking is thinking with all of the cruft stripped away.
It's an attempt to see through short-lived trends, and to try to understand how the world works below the surface.
Although I'm not always successful at it, I try to marry a practical and intellectual approach to entrepreneurship to try to tease out the things that happen as I build my company from the ground up. I try to come to cautious conclusions, and make clear the times when I'm unsure, instead of pontificating for page-views.