Ten years ago today I set up a TypePad account and started writing online. That first post was not much, other than the start of a habit that has transformed my life and my career. The early years were all over the place. I would write about the music I was listening to, the places I was visiting, my family, and increasingly my work. Some of you were there at the start and when I see you show up in the comments now it brings a smile to my face. You know who you are and I am most appreciative of your commitment.
The coalition of NoIt's easy to join. There are a million reasons to say no, but few reasons to stand up and say yes. No requires just one objection, one defensible reason to avoid change. No has many allies--anyone who fears the future or stands to benefit from the status quo.Ask The VCFebruary 2, 2010 1:11 PM Today, I learned that former classmate of mine at the University of Michigan has started a blog for startups dealing with intellectual property issues. Jill Bowman is a great person and her blog is not only informative, but is also written in her voice, not legalese. (Her husband says it’s too “girly” but I totally disagree). Jill promises to dish on IP “train wrecks” (her words) that she’s seen over the past decade and hopefully her wisdom can save some folks future headaches. She also promises to talk about costs savings in IP controversies and expose how some big firms are ripping off their clients.
The real way to build a social networkIf there is a guru of networking, it is Reid Hoffman. Here he explains how to do it right -- and wrong -- in an excerpt from his new book with Ben Casnocha, The Start-Up of You. Reid Hoffman travels with several devices so that he can constantly stay in touch. FORTUNE -- Forget Dale Carnegie.10 Must-See Documentaries for EntrepreneursFreakonomics The Movie (2010) Six top documentarians including Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) tackle a film adaptation of Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner's best-selling book on incentives-based thinking. Why it's a must-see: The filmmakers weave brief, diverse tales aimed at answering the question: What really makes people do what they do? Will the possibility of a financial reward encourage students to improve their grades?
Since The 1980s, Jeff Bridges Has Done Something Incredible On The Set Of All His Movies.Since the 1980s, Jeff Bridges has been taking set shots and behind-the-scene photos from all his films with his unique panoramic Widelux camera. His consistency is amazing. ‘The Big Lebowski’ (1998)How to Change the WorldAmazon start selling the paperback edition of my latest book, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. APE explains how to publish a book by breaking the process down into three stages: Author explains how to write a book. Publisher explains how to produce both ebooks and printed books.Entrepreneur explains how to market and sell your book with an emphasis on social media. You can order APE here:
Founder's Dilemmas: Equity SplitsThe following is an excerpt from HBS Professor Noam Wasserman’s new book, The Founder's Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup. Noam is one of a rare breed of business academics: he studies entrepreneurship using a rigorous empirical approach. The book taps Noam’s analyses of data on 10,000 founders, plus the personal stories of Evan Williams of Twitter, Tim Westergren of Pandora, and two dozen other founders. As an example of the kind of insight that this data makes possible, take a look at this diagram, which is one of my favorites in the whole book: Noam calls this the Rich vs King tradeoff, and it's a remarkable finding.Crowdsourcing DemandOne of my favorite features in a web application is Demand It! from Eventful. The concept is simple but powerful (the best kind). Users demand events, movies, concerts, etc and if they can rally enough demands, they get the events to come to their location. This puts the decision about where a touring event goes into the hands of the fans and reduces the power of the concert organizers.
10 Things You Can Do Now That You’ll Thank Yourself for LaterIf you looked back on your life five years from now, would you feel satisfied? Ask yourself this important question today, and remember that the decisions you make in the present consciously create the reality you experience down the road. If you just go through the motions and live for the weekends right now, you can always make gradual changes in order to thrive, not just survive.The Startup CurveI'm working with a few startups right now that are in various phases of Paul Graham's startup curve: Many people think startups are up and to the right all the time. But more services exhibit this "startup curve" than any other growth pattern. Of course, some never get past the trough of sorrow. But many do.
10 Optimistic and Inspiring QuotesLife is filled with difficulties. How we confront our challenges is precisely what makes us great. Nobody ever reached greatness on a silver platter.B4-XVI beforesixteenLeft: Reliquary arm of St. Valentine 14th century Swiss Right: 2 Chainz Left: detail of Christ Blessing surrounded by a Donor Family.
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