Archive | February, 2012
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“What happens when we turn to very young and inexperienced entrepeneurs and hand them a wad of cash…”

15 Feb

“What happens when we turn to very young and inexperienced entrepeneurs and hand them a wad of cash and demand that they lead the way forward for the rest of us?”

Airy Labs and Ed-Tech Startup Failures

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“…startup failure happens all the time. Startups burst onto the scene (and particularly now, in…”

15 Feb

“…startup failure happens all the time. Startups burst onto the scene (and particularly now, in such “frothy” times, they burst onto the scene with substantial investor backing). They stumble. They pivot. They adapt. And often they fail and sometimes they die. They die silently with a few founders saying “well shit, that didn’t really work out. Lessons learned. Let’s move on.” Or they die with a “hey, let’s make things right. Let’s pay back our investors and then get jobs or something.” Or, sometimes I guess, they die spectacularly and publicly, with stories in Techcrunch and a litany of nasty posts left on various forums around the Web. It happens. It happens now, and it’s happened in the past. The fact that we don’t actually know much about our history — as entrepreneurs or as educators — is part of the very unfortunate (ed-)tech amnesia we all suffer from. Perhaps that’s a big lesson to be drawn here.”

Airy Labs and Ed-Tech Startup Failures

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“The truth is that startups are always in a hurry and always make mistakes. A good CEO knows that she…”

14 Feb

“The truth is that startups are always in a hurry and always make mistakes. A good CEO knows that she must remain nimble and prepared to deal with the fallout of those rushed decisions. And the mob has taught those nimble CEOs that a nuanced discussion is not what the mob wants to hear. They want to see that belly.”

I’m So, So Sorry. Here’s My Belly. Now Please Move On. « Uncrunched

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“it’s positively de-motivating to work for a company where your job is just to shut up and take…”

14 Feb

“it’s positively de-motivating to work for a company where your job is just to shut up and take orders. In tech startup land, we all understand instinctively that we have to hire super smart people, but we forget that we then have to organize the workforce so that those people can use their brains 24/7.”

A VC: The Management Team – Guest Post From Joel Spolsky

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“Much of the debate over old media and new, Hollywood vs Silicon Valley, can be distilled down to who…”

13 Feb

“Much of the debate over old media and new, Hollywood vs Silicon Valley, can be distilled down to who ultimately calls the shots: the producer or the audience. To paraphrase Paul Weller: In a technology company, the public gets what the public wants. In a media company, the public wants what the public gets.”

A Real Media Company Doesn’t Care That You’re Mad At It | PandoDaily

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Facebook users: lonely

13 Feb

“People who used Facebook largely to socialize tended to be younger, more social and more neurotic—suggesting that Facebook habitués use the site partly as a tool to alleviate loneliness, the researchers said. People who used Twitter to socialize scored high on openness and sociability but low on conscientiousness.

Participants who used Twitter to seek or spread information, as opposed to socializing, were high on measures of conscientiousness and intellectual appetite and low on neuroticism; Facebook information-gatherers were less curious.”

All about audience targeting…

Facebook and Twitter Users’ Personalities, Robot Heater | Week in Ideas – WSJ.com

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“OH in #ejp12: “Was [Gutenberg] really a business man, or was he an ideologically driven…”

13 Feb

“OH in #ejp12: “Was [Gutenberg] really a business man, or was he an ideologically driven nutjob” “It seems like a fine line.””

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How to Master the Design of Compelling Calls-to-Action

13 Feb

How to Master the Design of Compelling Calls-to-Action:

Some good tips here – and CTAs are often taken for granted.

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“What I do find to be a wonderful development is the way in which social discovery engines like…”

13 Feb

“What I do find to be a wonderful development is the way in which social discovery engines like Summify and Percolate surface much more relevant and much higher-quality content than search ever did. (Although I do worry, a lot, about the way in which Twitter seems to have bought Summify just to shut it down.) The more that we share stories and use such tools, the better the chance that great content will get an audience commensurate with its quality — even if it doesn’t have a web-friendly headlines like “How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy”.”

Quality vs quantity online | Felix Salmon

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Podcasts for Hackers – Design Pepper

12 Feb

Podcasts for Hackers – Design Pepper:

A great list of podcasts featuring a “mix of intellectually stimulating material and light listening” and geared toward would-be and current startup-ers (starter-ups?). *adds to iPod*