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Happy Startup Summercamp 2017

We’ve hit 50,000 followers thanks to you 🏆 — here’s our greatest hits on Medium

Sophie Develyn
Mar 14, 2018 · 5 min read

“We’ve come a long, long way together. Through the hard times and the good.” Fatboy Slim

We started posting on Medium in 2013 and are now one of the top publications on the platform thanks to your support. But as you’ll know if you’ve been to our events we’re much more than a publication — we’re a growing community of people that are breaking away from business as usual.

And a tiny team of four at the heart of it all, on a mission to redefine the way we think about work and business.

It’s not all been plain sailing – we shut down our previous company while it was thriving to pave the way for a new beginning, and more recently said goodbye to our clubhouse with a heavy heart.

As a thank you for putting up with us we’ve put together a little ‘best of’ in case you missed some of our most popular posts at The Happy Startup School. There’s lots to choose from – from the building blocks of our movement, to tools and processes you can apply directly to those stressful parts of your life or work.

Enjoy!

ps. If you’d like to learn the secrets of how we’ve built our following on Medium take this online class with our founder Laurence McCahill


Why the Hardest Thing to Do is Nothing

If there’s one thing we’ve learnt over the last 5 years it’s that when you take a small group of the right kind of people out to Mother Nature, amazing things unfold… this is the unfolding story of Alptitude.

The happiness trap: How to win the battle between money and meaning

Two-thirds of us feel unfulfilled at work, and many of the rest struggle with making a living — and it’s high time this changed.

Seven Seeds For Growing A Community That People Love

And an accidental journey from anonymous company to global movement

10 Vital Questions Most First-Time Entrepreneurs Are Too Afraid To Ask Themselves

Soul searching early in your journey can save you some painful hard learned lessons later on. Laurence breaks down the top 10 big questions that send your attention to your weak spots, so you can strengthen them.

Simplicity ≠ Simple

Life is about choices, so what are you willing to let go of? “Simplicity is an achievement. It follows from a hard-won clarity about what matters.” Alain De Botton

25 Surprising Traits That Make Up a Happy and Effective Leader

There are a few patterns of behaviour that appear and again and again in successful people, and they are not all what you might think. From collaboration to serendipity, never pointing fingers to being happy to ask for help.

How To Build A Minimum Loveable Product

Learn how to get your digital ideas to market sooner, but still deliver a product that users fall in love with. Our most popular post ever. And the original slide deck has had more than 3 million views.

Why Do We Work

It’s a part of life, a daily reality, it’s a part of who we are as people and it shaped our ancestors. Why we work is a thoughtful look at what makes us tick, and keep on ticking- from money and survival to purpose and public spirit.

10 ways you’ll probably f**k up your startup

There are lots of things waiting to trip you up as a startup, so here are 10 get out of jail free cards. Hint: It’s easier than you might think! Take it right back to values, purpose, people and as ever, razor sharp focus on what works for you.

Why Happiness Should Be Your Business Model

We spend most of our waking lives at work. It’s a big part of who we are, so it’s important that however we’re earning a living, we’re enjoying what we do.

Introducing The Happy Startup Canvas

Too much of the startup world focuses on the mechanics of starting a business. Whilst it’s good to move fast and stay lean, it’s time we made our businesses more human and in the process gave them a better chance of survival. One of our first ever posts in 2013.


The Happy Startup School is a growing global tribe of entrepreneurs, creatives and leaders committed to creating a life and business rich with purpose. Community, camps and courses for the purpose generation.

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Sophie Develyn

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