The First Two-Million-Greenback Examine

A single drink completely captures the weirdness of elevating cash for the primary time.
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I discovered myself at a resort with some associates. I used to be visiting Portland for a convention. Puppet’s first funding spherical — and mine! — was closing. The cash was being deposited.

Have you ever seen a David Mamet film, like The Spanish Prisoner? They’re incredible. However eerie. Disquieting. They construct up a narrative, brick by brick. Then they yank a couple of bricks away, exposing the entire story as a lie. Solely a hole fact stays, unrelated to your constructed up perception. It makes you query every thing.

I’m ready for the closing on this resort, and I order a Macallan 18 to rejoice. This was again when it was solely costly, not egregious. I carry the glass, and I believe:

The cash is being deposited into my financial institution.

I suppose it’s an actual financial institution.

I imply, that they had, like, an internet site. And web sites are fairly laborious to… wait a minute.

Who launched me to the financial institution?

The buyers launched me. They particularly needed me to work with this financial institution. They’re those giving me the cash. They wouldn’t say they’re giving me the cash then give it to another person. That’s a foolish sort of fraud. I simply must belief them.

I sit there. Sipping my whiskey.

I suppose it’s an actual financial institution.

I suppose I’m getting $2.25 million.

I had by no means seen a checking account with that many zeroes — and I nonetheless might not at that time! I do not know what to do.

So I sit there. Savoring that scrumptious, scrumptious whiskey.

I didn’t imply to lift cash. I used to be simply centered on operating the corporate. We had bootstrapped for nearly 4 and a half years. I figured we had been going it alone.

I had talked to individuals previously about elevating cash. It was like Groucho Marx’s joke about golf equipment: I wouldn’t take cash from the buyers keen to offer it to me. “Wow, I might love them as an investor,” you get nothing. Or, “I might fortunately offer you cash and smash your life.” Hmm. Probably not the deal I’m in search of.

At some point at an occasion, an investor tracked me down. He stated, I’d wish to put money into your organization. I stated, That doesn’t sound correct. Plenty of buyers say, We should always discuss. He stated: We should always discuss on Monday. That specificity made all of the distinction.

He made a really complicated supply: We want to write a $1.75 million examine right into a $2 million spherical. I stated, how are you going to be that dangerous at math and work in finance. He stated, Go discover different, wealthy people who you recognize to provide the remainder of the cash. I stated, you might be, actually, the one wealthy particular person I do know. He stated, I simply joined this agency. I’m not wealthy. Then we’re caught, I stated.

I lived in Nashville on the time. There are a bunch of wealthy individuals there. However they’re all musicians. They don’t do know-how. We most emphatically didn’t hang around. We weren’t going to fill this spherical by means of my community.

Ultimately, by connecting me to their community of wealthy individuals, I used to be in a position to increase $2.25 million. Largely by means of luck not ability. I didn’t construct a deck. I didn’t run a proper course of. I didn’t pitch a number of buyers to get aggressive time period sheets. I just about did the precise reverse of the play e book. The investor who stuffed out the spherical turned me down at first, however I heard his spouse persuaded him. I don’t know if she appreciated me or was cursing him.

As soon as all the buyers are in place, you wait.

The stuff you be taught in your first spherical.

Closing takes about thirty days. 5 rounds later, I do not know why. It takes thirty days, and it prices $30,000. One of many phrases within the time period sheet you get out of your buyers states that you just pay for closing. “We’re going to offer you this cash, and then you definately’re going to offer a few of it to the legal professionals.” Traders cap the charges, and the legal professionals coincidentally hit that precise quantity each time.

I truthfully don’t know what the legal professionals do at closing. The paperwork are massively lengthy, however they’re just about the identical. At a late-stage firm, I can perceive: There’s diligence to do (though not by the legal professionals), monetary information to look by means of (completed by analysts, not legal professionals), prospects to speak to (by the buyers, not the legal professionals). At an early stage, although, there simply isn’t a lot info. I don’t know what they do.

Nevertheless it takes thirty days. And prices thirty grand. Says so on the time period sheet.

So that you wait.

However when that ready stopped, boy howdy did issues transfer.

The cash did get deposited. It was an actual financial institution in any case.

Inside a month I’d moved from Nashville to Portland. Inside two months, I had my subsequent three staff. And inside six months I had a workforce of ten.

Elevating cash set us off like a rocket. Bootstrapping for greater than 4 years offered a incredible basis for fast progress.

Trying again, I’m glad we raised cash. I solely want we had completed it earlier.

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立中式速繪 動態姿勢繪圖技巧 ポーズが描ければ 動きも描ける たてなか流クイックスケッチ


作者: 立中順平  
出版社:楓書坊 |譯者: 游若琪
出版日期:2020/09/30
ISBN:9789863776314
規格:平裝 / 217頁 / 19 x 25.7 x 1.08 cm / 普通級 / 部份全彩 / 初版
定價:420元|優惠價:79折332元
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●本書特色
  ◎從心態及觀念養成開始,1-5分鐘,新手也能立馬上手的「立中式速繪教學」。
  ◎58部插圖教學影片免費下載,新手可一步步反覆學習,書末更附有作品集供創作者參考。
  ◎3大章節、逾200張速繪圖,講解觀察人物技巧、速繪重點及提升風格的小撇步。
速繪人物的基礎三堂課:
  ➊ 建立正確的心態
  不要想畫「正確」,而是要「輕鬆地多畫一些」,
  所謂的觀察力,只是「知識」和「經驗」的累積,
  熟悉自然就會,真的畫不出來的時候,只觀察也行。
  因為#魅力十足的圖,和技巧或常識毫無關係。#
  藉由觀察獲得的經驗和記憶,會轉換成「現實感」並活在作品中。
  不斷畫速繪,就能培養出短時間內掌握特徵的能力。
 
  ➋ 練習簡單畫全身的速繪技巧▁▁火柴人練習
  ⑴ 將全身分成15個部位,
  用2D畫全身,
  「頭 部、胸部、骨盤」是橢圓形。
  「上臂、下臂、大腿、小腿、手、腳」是線條。
  用D字形畫胸廓、軀幹和髖部,塑造印象,
  部位和部位之間留下空白,
  就能輕鬆畫出姿勢。
 
  ⑵ 注意基本結構,不要注意輪廓和細節
  看全身:那個人在做什麼?你有什麼感覺?
  看部位:位置和傾斜度?有什麼功用?
  簡單大膽地畫,鎖定在動作和使用身體的方式。
 
  ⑶ 立體化
  畫出火柴人的2D表現方式,稱作Shape,
  接下來要把平面添加立體的資訊,
  讓Shape有厚度(深度),
  只要畫出縱向的中心線,以及表示膨度的橫向曲線,
  就能變成有厚度和方向性的立體物。
 
  ⑷ 創造不對稱平衡
  全身的節奏和動線是一種流線感。
  盡量避免線條左右對稱,
  大原則是:弧線的對面必然是直線。
 
  ➌掌握印象,最後的風格和情緒添加
  這個人正在做¬「什麼」(動作)?他有「什麼樣」的感受(感情)?
  動作和感情,就是本書所說的動態。
  習慣用少量線條畫全身的思考方式後,就加入動線(flow)的觀點吧!
  不同的曲線會流暢地引導視線。
  彎度深的曲線會用慢節奏,彎度淺的曲線會用快節奏來引導視線。
  將線條加上粗細,就會產生強弱,成為更有趣味性的圖。
 
  本書從心態建立到步驟教學,
  不到20秒就能完成一幅速繪,
  附上58張速繪插圖影片,
  從空白至完稿,一筆一畫的繪畫過程全呈現,
  供學習者一遍一遍觀看臨摹,
  零基礎也沒問題。
 
  每次畫的速繪都是僅有一次的體驗,
  是當下你所能畫出的線條所構成的,
  請輕鬆享受速繪的樂趣吧!
 
◆作者簡介    
立中順平    
  日本岡山縣人。
  1993年開始在Disney Animation Japan擔任動畫師。
  後來進入Answer Studio,目前是自由工作者。
 
  曾參與《跳跳虎歷險記》(Disney)、《棒球大聯盟》(電視版)、《鑽石王牌》、《YURI !!!on ICE》、《佐賀偶像是傳奇》等作品。
 
  目前以動作作畫導演的身分參與各個作品的製作,是負責運動動畫動作表現的資深動畫師。
▼黑介紹
由曾經在華特迪士尼動畫工作室與日本動畫公司Answer Studio的日本資深動畫師立中順平撰寫的速繪教學書
教學主張「不要只在意正確,而是要畫出具有魅力的人物。」
在正確的觀念下,不斷的練習速繪,來培養出掌握特徵的能力。
本書分3個章節
第一章節:速繪繪畫 P1-73.
1-1:速繪的觀念介紹
1-2:速繪人物的重點
1-3:掌握印象
第二章節:繪畫技巧P75-145.
2-1:速繪的各種技巧
2-2:身體局部與衣服
2-3:邁向下一步,動態的掌握
第三章節:速繪作品集P151-218.
收錄立中老師3年來的速繪作品。
▼黑書評
多數速寫教學書都很吃繪畫基礎,在沒有人物基礎的前提下會很難入門。
本書教學另闢蹊徑在以沒有基礎的前提下,講解如何學習速繪
內文資訊量雖然大,但搭配簡化好上手的範例
對新手來說比較好入門,實際操作也不會太挫折
推薦給想讓人物動態更有魅力的學習者們~
這本很不錯用~~~

Design College students’ Summer season Break

With summer break fast approaching, graphic design students like me are trying to figure out productive ways to spend their time. Work for money? Work for experience? Summer classes?

I’ve spent the past few months doing everything I can to
find an internship this summer. Finding a company that isn’t an MLM and will
actually pay good money for your design work is tough. Luckily, graphic design
is a field that’s in demand, so there are a lot of good options out there.

The other option for getting design experience during the summer
break is freelance work, but that comes with its own slew of issues. There’s
nothing worse than beginning to work with a client and getting excited for a
project just for them to look at you with a face like the Surprised Pikachu Meme
when you start to discuss cost.

With two weeks left in the semester, here’s hoping we figure
something out soon!