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Hack To Start
Episode 7

Tomas Laurinavicius

Founder of @Despreneur, @getrefe and co-author of @mobiledesignbk.

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Episode Overview

Tomas Laurinavicius is the founder of Despreneur, a magazine for design entrepreneurs, and co-author of Mobile Design Book. He shares his experience building online businesses with us.

Tomas has built and sold several blog-based businesses. He's currently travelling the world, while working on Refe and Despreneur.


Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:00
Where are you from, what did you study and how did your passion for entrepreneurship start?

2:54
You’ve built several design & development businesses and blogs. Right now you’re building Despreneur. What is it and why is it different from other startup/design blogs?

8:24
You’ve recently started a new project. What is Refe and why did you start it?

12:43
You’re a User Interface Designer and developer by trade and recently co-authored the Mobile Design Book . What are some of the biggest lessons you share with other designers or entrepreneurs for mobile design?

15:35
How did you approach marketing the book? What did you guys do differently? What was the biggest lesson?

19:38
How hard (or challenging) is it to build a web business or design community from Lithuania?

22:24
Can you share one story about yourself and/or your companies that very few people know?

24:25
What are some of your favourite apps/tools/books right now?


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • Why blogging is important for getting your name out there and how it can be a real business.
  • Why reaching out to people through Twitter and email asking for advice can lead to great relationships and opportunities.
  • How building anticipation is the key to any great marketing campaign.
  • And more!

Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Tomas Laurinavicius on Twitter
Despreneur on the Web
Despreneur on the Twitter
Refe on the Web
Refe on Twitter
Mobile Design Book
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Books & Apps

How To Win Friend And Influence People
The $100 Startup
All of Gary Vaynerchuk's stuff
Seth Godin's Blog
Lift
Instagram
Twitter
Facebook
Google Maps
Airbnb
Gmail
Photoshop
Sketch
Spotify
Sublime Text
Tweet Deck

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