👻 Year Round "Costume" Tips for Startup Founders
🎃 Happy Halloween Weekend Kernal Fam!
DYK - Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country's second-largest commercial holiday after Christmas. Last week we helped you trick or treat some new users. This week we'll help you win Costume of the Year - something sweeter than candy.
As we welcome you to the final months of the year, we also welcome those new in our community. Don't forget to fill each others' cups with cheer (and feedback).
Apple forced to adopt USB-C, Lyft & Uber shake it up, Kanye is canceled. Amazon and Meta struggle, Elon sinks into Twitter HQ, MrBeast is seeking funds, JP Morgan launches Capital Connect, and Youtube is falling to TikTok.
Grab the witch's brew, er, I mean coffee ☕️, and let's dive in.
- 👻 Year-Round "Costume" Tips that aren't the Snapchat ghost
- 🌱 Startup ideas that you should follow
- 😜 Brain Blasts and Laughs
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👻 Year-Round "Costumes" Tips for Founders
Halloween falls on a Monday this year, which means you can be whoever you want during the workday. It's also the one day when Imposter Syndrome and Wearing Many Hats are actually visible in the life of a startup founder. These Founder "Costumes" come with associated stress, so we thought we'd give you some tips on how to combat them. Need better tips? Check out our Resource Page.
How to fight Imposter Syndrome
💪 Authencity is a strength. Confidence is good, but overconfidence can be toxic. Make a routine of checking in with yourself to recognize who you are and who you want to be. You'll never be an imposter as long as you are true to yourself.
🥅 Set realistic goals. Aiming for the stars and landing on the moon isn't as great as it sounds. Are you normally happy when rerouted from your original destination? Try creating small achievable steps that concretely support you and your path to success.
🚶♂️ If you talk the talk, you gotta walk the walk. Be careful what you commit to, and make sure you hold yourself accountable. No one likes a broken promise. Need an accountability buddy? DM one on Kernal.
🥸 Fake it until you make it. Sometimes it's okay to act bigger than you are. As long as you are growing into those shoes, there's nothing wrong with being ambitious.
How to wear many hats
🤠 How's the fit? If you're uncomfortable in one role, maybe it's time to find someone else who can wear that hat. A hat that looks silly on you might fit perfectly on someone else.
🎓 Put on your thinking cap. Make sure this is in the repertoire. Finding a role that is educational, is important to you and your startup's growth.
⛑ How are you helping others? Whether a customer or coworker, identify a role that adds value to those around you.
🎩 Organize your options. Are you capable of throwing on a different hat for different scenarios? Having an organized workspace is key to quickly switching hats. Embrace having a hat for every opportunity. You never know what'll get into and what kind of hat you'll need.
There are plenty of hat emojis 🧙♂️, and I'd have fun creating a Dr. Seuss rhyme out of them all, but the main takeaway is that wearing many hats should be a strength, not a weakness.
As you embrace your multi personalities this weekend, remember that there is no wrong way to be you. Just because you wear one costume one day, doesn't mean it has to be your complete persona.
Think you got a clever costume 👯♂️? Show it off by clicking below.
🌱 Startup Ideas of the Week
Deal Notes: Chad is off to the races with his idea/week promise. Follow along here
Deal Notes: Casey wants to teach and protect athletes.
Deal Notes: Sam Haffar thinks Dollar Stores could niche down. Do you? Check out more ideas in his newsletter; Hits and Runs.
Deal Notes: Artem wants to expand existing content to TikTok
Deal Notes: These progress updates have 10/10 Gifs
We tweeted, and now we deliver. Daniel and Liam are building Withe - the fastest way to convert qualified leads on your website with on-demand video chat. Go give them a follow 🐦!
Think you can do better? Pitch your idea on Kernal
✨ Featured Member of the Week:
Meet Zach - Founder of Sponstayneous and host of Zero to (point) One Podcast. He's the latest feature in our Early Days series, which goes into detail about how founders got to where they are now. Click the link below to see how he built upon his experience to elevate his career, and follow along for more stories like this!
Other members to follow:
- Simon Krystman pitched Etsy for Entrepreneurs (CrowdMall) and is looking for feedback from product creators.
- Thara Vayali just signed up. Follow her Techstars Journey!
- Aishwarya Ashok is looking for beta testers for Vani.
More on Kernal:
- 🦈 Plufl survived the SharkTank with $200,000 from Mark and Lori.
- 💰 Interested in democratizing private equity? Throw in your feedback.
- 🎤 Will Smith hit 100 episodes of Acquiring Minds.
- 👋 Ryan Hoover is scouting Kernal ideas before they launch on ProductHunt. Welcome him with a follow and slide into his DMs to find out what he's working on next.
🍬Treats of the Week
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Have fun this weekend, and see you in November!
💚 Kernal Team
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