Founder at Blindfold.club - Darren is a Product Designer, passionately inquisitive and particularly interested in how technology influences behaviour.

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This is why I moved to Thailand to Bootstrap my Startup

I was asked the same questions over and over again when I was planning my move to Thailand. I've answered them here for future reference...

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Why did I move to Thailand?

To begin building a business, Pillow Talk. Now, Blindfold Club.

Why Thailand?

I moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand for the following reasons:

  • Cheap accommodation. I'm bootstrapping.
  • Fast and reliable internet access in coffee shops and shared working spots all over the city.
  • Healthy, tasty and cheap food everywhere! I don't waste time cooking.
  • Easy to navigate with the English language.
  • Affords a slower pace of life.
  • To meet a diverse group of fascinating people.
  • Enough of a party scene for an occasional rave, and nature on my doorstep.
  • For

I cried on my first day as a Digital Nomad

..and I couldn't be more happy that I did. I didn't cry because of sadness; noone has passed away. I didn't cry because I was unhappy with something in my life. I didn't cry to get what I want. I didn't cry because I hurt myself. Nor did I cry because I wanted to cry. I think-- although this has never happened to me-- I cried because of the happiness of the moment I was experiencing…

10 Tech Startup Ideas for 2015

Ideas are worthless unless you execute. I'd like to share these 10 ideas with you as I am not intending to pursue them. Give me a shout on twttr if you'd like more thoughts! If you're interested in what I am working on, check out Pillow Talk - Playtime Ideas for Busy Couples. Lnchtm Date An app for lunch dates. Select a time (12am, 1pm, 1:30pm etc). Location, and we set you up a 45…

Use your network for ideation

Your network is a great resource for insight, support and ideas.

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At the end of last year I was looking for inspiration for what to build next. I created a questionnaire using Google Forms and sent out a few requests.

I asked the following questions, specifically interested in app and ecommerce ideas:

  • What's your job? What industry do you work in?
  • Thinking about technology in your workplace, what frustrates you? What could be improved?
  • On an 'normal' day at work, what tasks do you spend time repeatedly doing?
  • Do you have an amazing App idea? What would you make if you had the time/money/skills?
  • Please list between 5-10 products that you have spent £100+ on in the last

Evaluating your Startup Idea

So you have an idea or a bunch of ideas. How do you decide which idea to pursue?

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Don't rush in. If you're about to spend a significant amount of time of your life building a business, you really do have time to evaluate it sufficiently.

Here are a few questions to get you going:

  • Can you succinctly communicate the problem and why it's worth solving?
  • Do you understand the market? Have you worked in this industry before? Is it aligned with your strengths?
  • What's the business model? Will you generate revenue from day 1?
  • What's the route to market? What's the cost of acquiring customers? Is this viable?
  • How big is the market? How is the market changing? Is