Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

collected links

<P>This is what has been sitting inside my browser for a few days already, so I thought I'd push it out onto the web and check back on it later:
<P>Much has been written about Aaron Swartz, since he co-founded Reddit and sold it for a bunch to Conde Nast's Wired. Here is his original post about life moving from the startup to SF <a href="http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/officespace">office space</a>. More about what he's doing now <a href="http://blog.outer-court.com/archive/2007-05-07-n78.html">here</a>.
<P>Tweako, a site that collects all sorts of user tutorials, has its own section on <a href="http://tweako.com/section/ubuntu">Ubuntu Linux</a>, which seems to become the 'switch' OS of choice. BoingBoing posts about the ease of install recently <a href="http://www.boingboing.net/2007/05/08/librarians_video_abo.html">here</a>, when a librarian posted video of her install on two donated computers.
<P>Emily Chang's <a href="http://www.emilychang.com/go/ehub/">eHub</a> posts about one new Web 2.0 sompany a day.

more about founders at work

<P>Jessica Livingston spoke at Google about her new book, <i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1590597141">Founders at Work</a></i>. The entire video is enlightening, even the shout-out to ArsDigita at the last 1:45 of the video. Check it out:
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online presentations, apparently the next big thing

<P>Was reading a bit about <a href="http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/web_20_expo_eric_schmidt.php">Eric Schmidt's interview</a> at Web 2.0, and found myself smirking a bit about the announcement of an online presentation app through Google. I guess they took a page from <a href="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/philg/">Philip Greenspun</a>, who created the <a href="http://philip.greenspun.com/wp/">WimpyPoint</a> <a href="http://philip.greenspun.com/help/for-one-page.tcl?url=%2fwp%2findex%2etcl">online presentation app</a> around 1997.
<P>I have most recently been at the <a href="http://rit2007.ru/">Russian Internet Technologies 2007</a> conference in Moscow Russia, and will post more about that in a few days.
<P>Update: Scrapages <a href="http://www.scrapages.com/scraps/show/192">weighs in</a> on their point of view on Google launching a presentation app as well.

SXSW podcasts

<P>Fantastic collection of all the SXSW 2007 podcasts <a href="http://2007.sxsw.com/coverage/podcasts/">here</a>. My current fave is the podcast for the <a href="http://audio.sxsw.com/podcast/interactive/panel/2007/SXSW07.INT.20070312.TheFourHourWorkweek.mp3">4-hour workweek</a> by Tim Ferriss.

Don’t downplay BI

<P>From <a href="http://www.businessintelligencelowdown.com/">Business Intelligence Lowdown</a>: Collection of madcap links on BI at the Carnival of Business Intelligence <a href="http://www.businessintelligencelowdown.com/2007/02/carnival_of_bus_1.html#comment-61051660">#1</a> and <a href="http://www.businessintelligencelowdown.com/2007/02/carnival_of_bus_2.html">#2</a>.

startup spark: 11 questions and quite a few answers

<P>Following up on my <a href="http://jroller.com/page/wj?entry=more_links_for_startuppers">links for startuppers</a> post, looked over at <a href="http://startupspark.com/">startupspark.com</a> and found <a href="http://startupspark.com/11-questions-with-micro-isv-owner-stephane-grenier/">11 questions with MicroISV owner Stephane Grenier</a>. Lots of interesting links and takeaways, including the following advice about competition and about becoming an entrepreneur:
<P><code>Why don?t we look at the competition? Firstly, all our features are suggestions from our current customers. We really pride ourselves in listening to what our customers say, and trust me we do listen. I?d say about 90+% of all new features in every version since the initial version are customer requests. We obviously can?t implement every request, but the more a feature is requested the more likely it will go into the software. By doing this, we don?t really need to study our competitors…</code>
<p><code>The most common thing I see with new entrepreneurs, no matter what the business, is that they start off sprinting and fade quickly. To give an analogy with going to the health club, everyone starts with the best of intentions going almost everyday, but within 2-3 months, only a very small percentage still continue going to the gym. The same is true in business….Running a business is not a race, it?s a marathon. Pace yourself, keep at it. These things take time. Expect to make a lot of mistakes, I know I sure did… </code>
<p><code>Invest in yourself. I can?t tell you how often I?ve heard people who think they have great ideas but are not willing to put any of their own money down against it, not even a couple hundred dollars. If you don?t believe in yourself enough to invest a couple hundred dollars, why should I invest anything in you (even my time)? You?ve just told me you don?t believe in yourself so neither will I! But stepping back a minute, expect it?s going to cost something to start a business. If you?re serious, invest in yourself. </code>

the fringeware mission

<P>When I was a slip of a lad at the University of Texas, I did a lot of walking up and down <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6th_Street">Sixth Street</a> and Guadalupe Ave, otherwise known locally as 'The Drag'. I also did a lot of stopping and sitting in Europa Books (apparently home to one <a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Issue/story?oid=oid%3A76131">Lynn Bender</a> since looking for a link on the defunct Europa turned up bubkus there it is), one of the Drag's many fine establishments. That was where I picked up my first (and only) issue of <i>Fringe Ware Review</i>, originally founded by a couple of fellow Austinites.
<P>One of the founders <a href="http://weblogsky.com/2007/02/the_fringeware_mission.html">blogged recently</a> about the original company's mission, as posted by the other founder. Here is a short, and incomplete excerpt; click on the post above to see more. For 1992, this was a far-seeing, eye-popping text, and I think shaped things for my future career.

<P><code>What's in the Fringe Market? We focus on publications, events, and products that we find interesting, fun, and enlightening. We publish printed and electronic periodicals including Fringe Ware Review, TAZMedia, and Unshaved Truths; operate a retail bookstore and mail order service selling street tech, gizmos, wearable subversive memes, etc.; host an Internet mailing list for information from/about the cultural and technological fringes; and organize events with other organizations on the Fringes.</code>

<P><code>We're learning that people can survive quite nicely without huge corporations, huge governments, and huge dogmas pushing their lives. So here is the FWI alternative: start your own corporation. Trade with other like-minded people throughout the global village. Encourage innovation and promote entrepeneurship. Promote fair, cooperative business practices. Emphasize products that facilitate creativity, health, and play. Explore consciousness alternatives. Build community through advanced, available technologies, e.g. computer networks. Respect and consider the natural environment by promoting sustainable resource use. Have fun, be weird, and make what it takes to survive.</code>

<P><code>Welcome to the fringes of art, technology, and society. From here innovation emerges, and here survival, through cooperation and use of the unexpected, counts. –Thanx!</code>