Sean Murphy – I Don’t Read Him Regularly, But I Hear That I Should

By | 2014-05-12T09:26:12+00:00 January 20th, 2010|Blogging, Customer Development, skmurphy|5 Comments

In a long and somewhat rambling blog post “Customer Development and the Lean Startup,” that contains a long laundry list of resources for entrepreneurs on Customer Development and Lean Startup resources, Yury Tsukerman lists “the key players” and drops this short comment

Sean Murphy – I don’t read him regularly, but I hear that I should.

Not since Techdirt used me in a promotional picture (see “Born with a Face Made for Podcasting“) have I felt such a sense of warm endorsement. So here is a tip for my 15 readers on how to deal with your 285 nano-centuries of fame: add a nice comment to the bottom of the blog. Which I did:

I think a post that describe how you have applied a subset of these principles and what you have learned would be very useful, it’s clear that you have your own insights on these topics.

There is a good conversation going on in the Lean Startup Circle, it would be great to see you take part.

I have a blog category devoted to Customer Development if you are interested.

If you are having trouble finding time to read my blog here are five posts that I believe represent the range of my writing. Clearly I need to take a page out of the Venture Hacks notebook and create an index for the 550 posts I have written over the last four years.

But it’s been a few weeks and I am not closer to my master index so I would appreciate your help. Let me know which of my blog posts you found especially useful (or an old one now desperately in need of a re-write/update) and any areas or topics you would like to see me address.


  1. “In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 people” Momus (Nick Currie) in “Pop Stars Neine Danke
  2. One handy conversion factor to remember is Tom Duff’s “Pi seconds is a nanocentury.
  3. “In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutesAndy Warhol 
  4. Fewer footnotes probably not a bad idea either.

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  1. Yury Tsukerman January 21, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Ah, I certainly did not mean to sound dismissive. If I say I have read a blog, I usually mean cover-to-cover. It is more of a challenge with a prolific blogger, especially with archives going back to 2006, when the big news of the day was Taft getting stuck in his bathtub and AOL offering unlimited internet.

    More excuses:I tend to follow the source material if it is linked, which to your credit, yours frequently is (checking sources is the only way to avoid promulgating ideas like the QWERTY myth–see ). But it adds to reading time and keeps your blog away from my iPhone reading.

    More to the point, I left a comment following up on yours agreeing that a reference list would be great, and rambling on about some other stuff. I much prefer a hub and spoke approach to catching up over prioritizing novelty – the latest posts as inherently more important.

    Besides soliciting your readers directly, do you have any stats on most linked to, most viewed, etc.?

  2. Brad Pierce January 21, 2010 at 1:43 pm


    Have you thought about editing some of your best writings into a book? It wouldn’t need to be published, just a downloadable PDF. And version 1.0 wouldn’t need to be complete and perfect. (BTW PDF can include hyperlinks.)

    — Brad

  3. Brad Pierce January 24, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Sean, you inspired a blog entry ( speculating about what would be a good way to turn one’s accumulated blog legacy into a book. Thanks.

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