VC, startups, and crypto

#6 | Yana’s Personal and Tech Insights

1. Personal:

I last painted when I was 8-10 years old. I was in school, and my typical grade for my paintings was an F - essentially, a failure. Since then, I believe it's unfair to judge a child's creativity based on their ability to paint and others. This was a deep-seated issue for me. 😏

I tried private classes when I was ten, which went better than the school ones. I realized how much the teacher, not your inherent "talent", impacts your experience. Recently, I attended a museum that offered creative classes on the spot. I had a blast! 🤩 We tried replicating one of Caravaggio's works, which was SO FUN.

I highly recommend trying any creative activity: pottery, painting class, guided tour - it sparks creativity and lifts mood.

London Venues to try:

Brush and Bubbles

National Gallery - Friday Lates

2. App:

37 Tools to Test Your Startup Idea

If you're starting a company or project, these resources may help! You don't have to invest much money to validate your idea. This can be tested by creating a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), which shouldn't take too much time to build ;)


Feel free to contribute your favourite tools to help us create, test, and validate new ideas.

Create An App Without Coding

Website Builders



Design Tools

Tables & Databases



Promoting tools


Customer Interviewing Tools

Outline Customer Journey


Business Model Canvas

3. Media:

I can't wait to read the upcoming book Noah Kagan - Million Dollar Weekend which I've just ordered, based on the recommendations from a few friends.

If you've been waiting for a sign to start your side business, this is it! The book offers actionable advice on setting up and launching your business over the weekend. Remember, you don't have to wait forever to take action; you can start now.


"To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time." Leonard Bernstein.

As always, I look forward to receiving your suggestions and feedback to improve this newsletter further.

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Jamie Larson