Saturday, May 1, 2010

Thanks for the memories...

HELMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 02:  Dee...Image by Getty Images via Daylife
Please continue the journey with my at my new blog.

And enjoy the picture of the deer

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Can Entrepreneurs Go It Alone Without Co-Founders?

ReadWrite start posed the question: Can Entrepreneurs Go It Alone Without Co-Founders?

Lewis also argues that it is highly unlikely that entrepreneurs will find their emotional match when seeking a co-founder, but I think that is exactly why having a co-founder is a good position. If you want your co-founder to be a "yes man" clone of yourself, then yes, you might as well go it alone, but the point of having a co-founder is to have a diversity of opinions and perspectives. Sure, both founders should be passionate about their product, but they don't have to be a perfect match to make it work.
Chris Cameron, the author of the post, misses the point. Emotional match does not mean someone who thinks someone exactly like you. It means what he is arguing for. Someone who can keep you in check and can match you on an emotional level, which is very rare.

I think, if you can, go without a co-founder. If you clearly lack a skill, try to hire someone first and only get a co-founder if you're not successful there.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Moving to WordPress

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I'm moving to WordPress.

I'm not moving because I'm unhappy with Blogger. Despite the badwrap Blogger gets sometimes, it worked for me.

It worked for me mainly because I'm always doing stuff with Google and it integrates nicely into the mirad of Google products -- and it's simple.

That said, when I have a client that needs a basic CMS, I always recommend WordPress. Additionally, I just bought a license for Thesis, which is totally amazing.

So, I'm eating my own dog food and working on a new blog.

I don't know if it will be at a new domain or what, but I'm building it locally and then will deploy it sometime in the near future.

I have to decide if I want to import all the posts from Blogger or just start from scratch.


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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

If you hate it, change it [Student Branding Blog]

My weekly post is up over at the Student Branding Blog.

I talk about changing the way corporations operate.

Not an easy task. But it IS possible.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

@anywhere and Social Plugins -- Blah!

Within an hour of Twitter turning devs loose at Chirp, I had an @anywhere prototype page up, demonstrating everything that can be done with the new API on an ESPN page.

You can see it here.

Similarly, I had been playing around with the new Facebook APIs and hammered out an example of each Social Plugin really quickly.

See this for an example.

Here's what I think: Blah!

I thought the days of inflexible widgets was over, but now, we have this slew of APIs that make it easy to drop in functionality, but is it worth it?

I'd say no. At least not yet.

Let's keep in mind, these are new APIs and they are designed to be able to be used without a developer's intervention, but I'd argue they do more harm than good right now.

First, most are hatched in an iframe, meaning you can't style them and your site quickly begins to look like a Facebook or Twitter transplant.

Second, the functionality they offer is a bit weak right now. Nothing earth shattering or that hadn't been done before. Yes, Facebook, I know the Open Graph is new, but it's not really a product play, it's a marketing play.

That said, they have promise. They are drop dead easy to use. Here is what I would recommend

  • Allow each API to be exposed as JSON-P
  • Allow each to take a parameter that is the location of a stylesheet that can be used to style the contents of the iframe
  • Allow multiple domain or top-level domain insights. You can't pass and get info on and vice versa.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

SHOCKED: Top 10 Twitter Trends This Week

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Just checked out Mashable's weekly Top 10 Twitter Trends and was kind of blown away to not see #NFLDraft up there.

Especially since ESPN was pushing it so much during the Draft.

Even "NBA" showed up higher. I mean, "Astrology"?

Does that say something about ESPN's social media pull or the lack of interest in the Draft? Both?

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Friday, April 23, 2010

"Geofencing" will be huge...And annoying

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Read/Write/Web has an article on "Geofencing".

Having just left a startup that is a tad behind this technology, I found it interesting.

Here is the basic concept: You're walking around and you pass within 300 feet of a sports supply store and you get a text message or buzz from an app alerting you to deals at the store because you told someone, somewhere that you were sports.

The possibilities are huge.

For example, I'll only buy Clif's Builder Bars when they are on sale at Ralph's. But most of the time, I have to go into Ralph's just to see if they're on sale.

On the other hand, I ride my bike by Ralph's almost everyday. If I could get pinged on my way by, I'd definitely stop in.

Now, the annoying part.

The preferences have to be narrow enough to not be spam and broad enough that you actually get updates. That's hard.

The search has to be good enough to match your preferences. That's hard.

The alerts have to be helpful enough to not be spam. That's hard.

So, brace yourself, early adopters. There is a new kind of spam headed your way. But persevere and you could make your life better.

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