Chris Osborne

Category: Startup Life

Work in Progress: May 2021

At the beginning of the month I shared my monthly to-do list in my private makers group: I thought it would be a great idea to publish this publicly in order to keep myself accountable, and maybe, I can inspire some you to start working through your own to-do list. Let’s look at how I […]

Notes from attending the Blockchain World Conference in Bangkok

I’m not overly keen on attending events, but I had the opportunity to attend the Blockchain World Conference in Bangkok this week, and I’m so glad I did. I learned heaps. In fact, I walked away from the event feeling I have so much more to learn about the crypto world – especially around other […]

Should founders attend big tech events?

Yesterday on Twitter Jon Russell asked his followers who’s attending Rise this week, a huge tech conference in Hong Kong that according to their site, had 53,000 attendees last year. Here’s my response: Sorry, busy working on product and customers. — Chris ✈️ (@KintuLabs) July 10, 2017 I have a few founder friends attending Rise […]

Dear Coworking Space Owners…

I’ve just waited 40 minutes outside in 30c heat for a coworking space to open. At 9.40am, 40 minutes after they’re due to open according to their website and social media channels, I have had enough. So I walk over to another co-working space that’s just 10 minutes away. It’s open – so a least […]

Manual Outreach – How I Build Databases of Companies

The following guide outlines how I approach building lists of companies at GrowthList, which I hope can help other startups considering building their own lists of companies they can use for prospecting purposes. Researching companies For our B2B list I kept track of job boards to research companies who were hiring and used AngelList and […]

Why I love receiving cold emails (& how I turn them into profit)

Manual outreach – like it or not – has become extremely popular over the past year or two due to an abundance of new tools available for finding and sending emails, along with the impressive results it can drive. But manual outreach is a double edge sword for many people within the tech space. We […]

How to create a curated newsletter (with lessons learned curating 300+ myself)

I update one of the largest newsletters in tech curating today’s best startup, tech and business news. I started the newsletter 3+ years ago and it’s easily one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Not for spending 2-3 hours every day updating it or for the sponsorship money I receive. Nor for the exposure […]

Facebook marketing done right

I “Like” a lot of Facebook pages from local, national and global businesses. Most will update once or twice per week. Others, like Real Estate Japan, update every day. What makes Real Estate Japan unique is that they’ve turned a fairly boring subject (buying or renting a home) into something that’s really fun and interesting […]

This email hack will make you 10 times more productive

The one thing that lingers on my mind the most is my email backlog. I’m terrible at responding to email as I’d much rather focus my time on product or getting my products into the hands of more users. When my inbox starts to fill up, it’s almost like a black cloud starts to form […]

Lessons learned building a business that relies on advertising revenue

For those who don’t know, I’ve been updating a newsletter for the past 3 years and for a long time the sponsorship revenue generated from this newsletter represented a large part of my income. I’ve learned a lot about dealing with sponsors and in particular building a lifestyle business that relies on advertising revenue. What […]