Daniel Vassallo

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Building a portfolio of small bets. Quarter-time with Gumroad. Building userbase.com. Creator on dvassallo.gumroad.com. Ask me anything at daniel@hey.com.

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"I know a lot about X. How do I monetize my knowledge?" There are many ways, but I'm only familiar with one: Give away everything you know for free. Then wait for people to start asking you questions. It's the questions that tend to reveal the monetization opportunity.


School teaches you what a fish is, but not how to fish. Both are different kinds of knowledge. What you want to avoid is believing that the first kind of knowledge is important (or even necessary) for the relevant knowledge you really need.


Failure is a very expensive way to learn. But exposure to failure is enough to learn the same lessons. You don’t need to actually fail. Don’t let the narrative of failure is a good teacher influence you. Study your opportunities carefully, and then go for the low hanging fruit.


A few things you can do for audience building: - Share your knowledge (actions + results, consequences) - Reveal behind the scenes (business decisions, financial details) - Entertain (jokes, memes) - Share a journey as it happens (starting a business, creating something)

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