The M.O. of the New Entrepreneur is to start small, launch fast, listen to your early and devoted clientele, and, if necessary, tear up your business plan.

Choire Sicha in a story about new entrepeneurs in Details.

Sicha calls this the antidote to the too big to fail mentality. It’s not only startups that should be learning from their failures, but the bigger companies (ie publishers), too.

[found via Langer]

(via jaketbrooks)

Accurate.

(via capitalnewyork)

(Source: jaketbrooks, via capitalnewyork)

26.01.11
AOL is like a train running down a track that is disintegrating rapidly underneath it. That track is the dial-up access business, which still produces gigantic amounts of revenue — close to 40 percent of the company’s total — but is declining at a rapid rate. What Armstrong is trying to do is to build new businesses that have the ability to generate similar kinds of revenue, which amounts to laying new tracks quickly enough that the train doesn’t go hurtling into an abyss. The launch of Patch was one such attempt, and the acquisition of The Huffington Post was another.
03.03.11

via brooklynmutt:

FULL VIDEO of the debate on whistleblowing with Julian Assange. - @wikileaks

Frontline Club

Resolved that whistle blowers make the world a safer place.

I’m a civics/open government nerd. While biased toward the pro-side of the resolution, this is a very interesting and thought provoking debate including Julian Assange of Wikileaks infamy. Embarrassingly, the American debater and  former US government official Bob Ayers makes the worst case for either side. 

If you care about good government, freedom, openness, and the right to know, you’ll find this debate very interesting. 

15.04.11
via joshsternberg:

Hades’ entrance?

via joshsternberg:

Hades’ entrance?

(Source: joshsternberg)

19.08.11
via theatlantic:

The Freelance Surge Is the Industrial Revolution of Our Time

It’s been called the Gig Economy, Freelance Nation, the Rise of the Creative Class, and the e-conomy, with the “e” standing for electronic, entrepreneurial, or perhaps eclectic. Everywhere we look, we can see the U.S.workforce undergoing a massive change. No longer do we work at the same company for 25 years, waiting for the gold watch, expecting the benefits and security that come with full-time employment. We’re no longer simply lawyers, or photographers, or writers. Instead, we’re part-time lawyers-cum- amateur photographers who write on the side.
Today, careers consist of piecing together various types of work, juggling multiple clients, learning to be marketing and accounting experts, and creating offices in bedrooms/coffee shops/coworking spaces. Independent workers abound. We call them freelancers, contractors, sole proprietors, consultants, temps, and the self-employed.
And, perhaps most surprisingly, many of them love it.

Read more at The Atlantic

via theatlantic:

The Freelance Surge Is the Industrial Revolution of Our Time

It’s been called the Gig Economy, Freelance Nation, the Rise of the Creative Class, and the e-conomy, with the “e” standing for electronic, entrepreneurial, or perhaps eclectic. Everywhere we look, we can see the U.S.workforce undergoing a massive change. No longer do we work at the same company for 25 years, waiting for the gold watch, expecting the benefits and security that come with full-time employment. We’re no longer simply lawyers, or photographers, or writers. Instead, we’re part-time lawyers-cum- amateur photographers who write on the side.

Today, careers consist of piecing together various types of work, juggling multiple clients, learning to be marketing and accounting experts, and creating offices in bedrooms/coffee shops/coworking spaces. Independent workers abound. We call them freelancers, contractors, sole proprietors, consultants, temps, and the self-employed.

And, perhaps most surprisingly, many of them love it.

Read more at The Atlantic

01.09.11
Check Out This Stunning List Of Big Name Startup Investors That Gave Startup Reporter Michael Arrington $20 Million
01.09.11
A photo of the illuminated #Apple logo on my MacBook Pro taken by my iPhone using an “app” downloaded for free at the “iTunes app store.” #Brilliant #Innovation, #Products, #Design, & #Business = Happy Me. ~ Thank you Steve. RIP.

A photo of the illuminated #Apple logo on my MacBook Pro taken by my iPhone using an “app” downloaded for free at the “iTunes app store.” #Brilliant #Innovation, #Products, #Design, & #Business = Happy Me. ~ Thank you Steve. RIP.

05.10.11
Information Arbitrage: Winning the talent war
15.12.11

The real beginning of the #ContentWars.

via coketalk:

Defend Our Freedom to Share (or Why SOPA is a Bad Idea)

This TED Talk by Clay Shirky is the most elegant and potent argument against SOPA and PIPA I’ve ever seen. Everyone should watch this.

(Source: coketalk)

18.01.12
The most important thing in all start-ups are the people. Get the right team, with the big brains and skill sets…on the line roles. Then unleash their power on the business’ vision in a collaborative and creative environment and execute. 
via bijan:

Rare to see founders share this view of the world. I remember the day @jack showed it to the Twitter board. Healthy and important perspective. 
via fred-wilson:

Joel Spolsky’s org chart from this guest post he did for me today. I love the marketing organization!

The most important thing in all start-ups are the people. Get the right team, with the big brains and skill sets…on the line roles. Then unleash their power on the business’ vision in a collaborative and creative environment and execute. 

via bijan:

Rare to see founders share this view of the world. I remember the day @jack showed it to the Twitter board. Healthy and important perspective. 

via fred-wilson:

Joel Spolsky’s org chart from this guest post he did for me today. I love the marketing organization!

13.02.12
To me, the hardest part of scaling people is learning to lead your self.
@jerrycolonna’s guest post, The Management Team, on avc today (via bijan)

(via fred-wilson)

20.02.12
Today even my luvly wife who doesn’t use Instagram exclaimed, “Oh NO!” when I told her the $1 Billion Instagram The Facebook acquisition news. 
Om Malik captures perfectly why Zuckerberg threw down the money - Passion & Emotion & Users = #FEAR.
The Business Insider via @TechSailor captures the blow by blow of how it went down - INSANELY FAST: “Facebook ‘Flipped Out’ After Instagram Recently Raised $50 Million”
That. Was. Last. Week.
Like everyone I was shocked. Then sad (I really wanted Instagram to grow and be an alternative social network built around some of my passions). Then happy for the Instagram team. They built it and cashed in within two years. That’s an insane business ride. #Bubble
Om Malik:

"My translation: Facebook was scared shitless and knew that for first time in its life it arguably had a competitor that could not only eat its lunch, but also destroy its future prospects. Why? Because Facebook is essentially about photos, and Instagram had found and attacked Facebook’s achilles heel — mobile photo sharing.
 Instagram has what Facebook craves – passionate community. People like Facebook. People use Facebook. People love Instagram. It is my single most-used app. I spend an hour a day on Instagram. I have made friends based on photos they share. I know how they feel, and how they see the world. Facebook lacks soul. Instagram is all soul and emotion.”

via soupsoup:
Here is why Facebook bought Instagram

Today even my luvly wife who doesn’t use Instagram exclaimed, “Oh NO!” when I told her the $1 Billion Instagram The Facebook acquisition news. 

Om Malik captures perfectly why Zuckerberg threw down the money - Passion & Emotion & Users = #FEAR.

The Business Insider via @TechSailor captures the blow by blow of how it went down - INSANELY FAST: “Facebook ‘Flipped Out’ After Instagram Recently Raised $50 Million”

That. Was. Last. Week.

Like everyone I was shocked. Then sad (I really wanted Instagram to grow and be an alternative social network built around some of my passions). Then happy for the Instagram team. They built it and cashed in within two years. That’s an insane business ride. #Bubble

Om Malik:

"My translation: Facebook was scared shitless and knew that for first time in its life it arguably had a competitor that could not only eat its lunch, but also destroy its future prospects. Why? Because Facebook is essentially about photos, and Instagram had found and attacked Facebook’s achilles heel — mobile photo sharing.

 Instagram has what Facebook craves – passionate community. People like Facebook. People use Facebook. People love Instagram. It is my single most-used app. I spend an hour a day on Instagram. I have made friends based on photos they share. I know how they feel, and how they see the world. Facebook lacks soul. Instagram is all soul and emotion.

via soupsoup:

Here is why Facebook bought Instagram

09.04.12
In Facebook Deal, Board Was All But Out of Picture
18.04.12