Another small-scale venture company much like <a href="http://ycombinator.com/">YCombinator</a> (interview <a href="http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/09/02/an-interview-with-vc-paul-graham-of-ycombinator/">here</a>) has started accepting applications: <a href="http://www.techstars.org/">TechStars</a> will give $15K and support a team over the summer at Boulder, CO. More info <a href="http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/01/25/techstars-summer-camp-for-entrepreneurs/">here</a>.
One of the original partners of the small-scale venture fund <a href="http://ycombinator.com/">Y Combinator</a> has written a book with interviews of high tech company founders called <a href="http://www.foundersatwork.com/index.html">Founders at Work</a>, including the likes of Philip Greenspun, Joel Spolsky, and Steve Wozniak. Some of the interview are online (Joel <a href="http://www.foundersatwork.com/joelspolsky.html">here</a>, Steve <a href="http://www.foundersatwork.com/stevewozniak.html">here</a>), so we can all check it out before making that buying decision. My copy is in the mail, once I get back to the US.
<P><a href="http://kottke.org/">Kottke</a> points to a <a href="http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/comphist/sj1.html">1995 interview with Steve Jobs</a> over at the Smithsonian. His advice to future and budding entrepreneurs is timeless:
<P><code>I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. It is so hard. You put so much of your life into this thing….So you've got to have an idea, or a problem or a wrong that you want to right that you're passionate about otherwise you're not going to have the perseverance to stick it through. I think that's half the battle right there.</code>
<P>About one year ago, the founder of JibberJobber <a href="http://www.jibberjobber.com/blog/archives/329">got laid off</a>. In the course of searching for a job, he founded his own <a href="http://www.jibberjobber.com/login.php">company</a>, started a <a href="http://www.jibberjobber.com/blog/">blog</a>, and is now on his way to becoming a networking and career change guru.
<P>As part of the 'entrepreneurship' category in this blog I want to highlight small Web 2.0 stories that I think are significant and meaningful to me. JibberJobber's message is one of personal affirmation that makes sense:
<P><code>My relationship with my wife and kids is significantly stronger as I work from home and am able to see them more often, and participate more in their lives. My relationship with my business partners has moved to a different level. All of this has made my life richer….</code>
<P><code>All of this contributes to my passion to help regular folk like me understand that unemployment is a natural thing, no one is immune, and that we all need to figure out how to deal with it and move through it.</code>
<P>The idea of blog as personal brand is an interesting one, and something that a lot of people have made work for them. I'll continue to be making changes here as I find my way towards marshaling my own 'personal brand' and seeing how it can work for me.
<P>Not only a good read, but chock full of links in the comment area: <a href="http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/2007/01/05/8-outdated-notions-of-entrepreneurship/">Eight outdated notions of entrepreneurship</a>.