Marshall wrote “Cross Bones Style,” along with five other songs from Moon Pix, one night in the fall of 1997, after awaking from a hallucinatory nightmare while alone in the South Carolina farmhouse she shared with then-boyfriend, Bill Callahan. “My nightmare was surrounding my house like a tornado,” she explained. “So I just ran and got my guitar because I was trying to distract myself. I had to turn on the lights and sing to God. I got a tape recorder and recorded the next sixty minutes. And I played these long changes, into six different songs. That’s where I got the record.”
There are two of pieces of media I consider essential in understanding what informs me both as an employee and as an entrepreneur. One piece is a video of David Heinemeier Hanson (a.k.a. DHH – inventor of Ruby on Rails), a partner in 37signals, the maker of Basecamp. First, a little background on that business.
Basecamp was done almost entirely without risk. It was completely self-funded. We treated it as a side-product and a side-project until it could pay the bills. And only then did we make it the main focus of the company.
I absolutely hate risk. I think it’s a misnomer that entrepreneurs somehow are in love with risk and making big gambles and taking big bets. I think that’s probably true for some. It’s certainly not true for me. And I think it’s certainly not true for a large constituency of other successful entrepreneurs.
I think the act of putting yourself in a position where you’re not forced to take on all this risk and bet everything is the hallmark of running things well.
The video I find inspirational is a talk DHH gave entitled A Secret To Making Money Online at Startup School in 2008 (on Youtube and on dotsub with subtitles). Unfortunately the slides he’s speaking to aren’t available. But I think the talk is brilliant, even with his bombastic style.