Let's think creatively about how we do good in our communities. I just ran across my notes from 2011, when I heard Alon Nir (@TheKotel) explain his project, Tweet Your Prayers. He called his talk "The Anti-Startup," and he proceeded to tell us how he ignored all the "rules" of business to make a difference.

 
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Alon Nir explains his "Anti-Startup."
You can borrow his principles to create
good in your own community. 

1. Go to market without a product. Figure it out later.
He offered to take prayers to the wailing wall. When he got an overwhelming number, he found that people are eager to help when they see a good cause.

2. Users don't have to actually use your product. Forget about traction.
People would download his prayer-submission app, but many would never open it. He learned that some users felt better just by having the app, even without submitting a prayer.

3. Outsource to competitors.
Lots of other tweet a prayer services have sprung up, and he sends people there, too.

4. Who needs a business plan? Just don't monetize.

5. Create meaning and effect change.

I kinda quit taking notes, because Alon had us all laughing. But you can watch the video to get the principles of creating something good in your community. 


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What do you think? Is there a place for the Anti-Startup in your community? Are you doing an Anti-Startup right now?