Microsoft Small Business Summit

On Monday, March 19th at 11:00 am Pacific Time, I will be speaking on The Art of Innovation at the Microsoft Small Business Summit. This is a FREE online event that lasts for five days. There are approximately fifty eight sessions designed to provide small business owners with strategic insights from experts in business and [...]

By |2015-03-17T09:40:43+00:00March 11th, 2007|Categories: Innovation|14 Comments

MP3 of Founders Panel Plus Threadless Video

This is the MP3 version (52,715K) of the CommunityNext founders panel in case you want to listen, as opposed to watch, it. Also, you’ll probably find this presentation by Threadless to be quite interesting. This Chicago-based online retailer solicits t-shirt designs from its community and then sells them. Rumor has it that the company’s sales [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:22:08+00:00February 25th, 2007|Categories: Cool Stuff, Entrepreneurship, Innovation|8 Comments

Panel of Web Community Founders: Utter Defiance of the “Venture Capital” Model

At the CommunityNext conference I moderated this panel with the founders of six very successful web properties: Akash Garg of hi5 Sean Suhl of Suicide Girls Max Levchin of Slide James Hong of HotorNot Markus Frind of PlentyofFish Drew Curtis of Fark This is the most amusing panel that I’ve ever moderated, and the speakers [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:22:11+00:00February 22nd, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Events, Innovation|43 Comments

EntrepreneurshipWeek USA at Stanford

The Kauffman Foundation is launching EntrepreneurshipWeek USA from February 23rd to March 3rd. The theme is “What’s Your Big Idea? Take it On!” There will be educational programs around the country. Stanford is embracing this program in a big way starting with the kickoff event on Saturday. The schedule for the week is packed with [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:22:14+00:00February 21st, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Events, Innovation|Tags: , |6 Comments

“How to Be Creative” by Hugh Macleod

My favorite book about creativity is If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit. I recently read Hugh Macleod’s ChangeThis manifesto called “How to be Creative,” and I think it’s as empowering as If You Want to Write. Hugh is the guy behind Gapingvoid (“cartoons drawn on the back of business [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:22:50+00:00January 14th, 2007|Categories: Innovation|17 Comments

The Stickiness Aptitude Test (SAT) and Ten Questions with Chip and Dan Heath

My prediction for Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die is that it will join The Tipping Point and Built to Last as a must-read for business people. The book explains why some ideas stick and some don’t--and I’ve been on both sides of this equation. A warning though: If you read [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:22:56+00:00January 9th, 2007|Categories: Books, Events, Innovation, Marketing and Sales|Tags: , , |47 Comments

Elegant Solutions: Breakthrough Thinking the Toyota Way

Matthew E. May is the author of The Elegant Solution: Toyota’s Formula for Mastering Innovation. He has held a key advisory role with the University of Toyota for over eight years, and he is a graduate of the Wharton School and Johns Hopkins University. You can download a copy of his ChangeThis manifesto by clicking [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:23:05+00:00January 2nd, 2007|Categories: Books, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Management|Tags: |12 Comments

Counterpoint: Patents and Defensibility

Three of my buddies who are patent attorneys disagreed with my diatribe against patents as a key component of a startup’s defensibility. Being the open-minded Guy that I am, I offered to publish their counterpoint so that you can obtain a broader perspective of intellectual property issues for startups. Patent law is currently a sea [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:23:46+00:00November 6th, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Innovation|24 Comments

Yahoo! Hack Day Pictures

Yahoo! sponsored an event called “Hack Day” this weekend. Approximately 500 developers showed up and created fifty-four prototypes in a twenty-four hour period. Blip.tv has the demos here and here. The winner was called Blogging in Motion. Yahoo! even brought in Beck to entertain the crowd on Friday night. (To be honest, I had never [...]

By |2015-03-17T09:52:20+00:00October 2nd, 2006|Categories: Innovation|12 Comments

Ten Questions with Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL

Marten Mickos joined MySQL AB as CEO in 2001. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a startup to the second largest open source company and the fastest-growing database vendor in the world. Prior to MySQL, Mickos held multi-national CEO and senior executive positions in his native Finland. He holds a masters of science [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:24:53+00:00August 24th, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Marketing and Sales|23 Comments

The Wrong Tale: A Checklist for Long-Tail Implementations

1. Make everything available. 2. Help me find it. Chris Anderson, The Long Tail I love authors like Malcolm Gladwell and Chris Anderson. They’re writer’s writers: digging through mounds of research, conducting interviews with famous people, crafting their text, and then publishing tomes with cool titles like The Tipping Point and The Long Tail. And [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:25:38+00:00July 18th, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Innovation|Tags: |44 Comments

Book Preview: iWoz

Gina Smith, the co-author of the upcoming autobiography called iWoz, provided me with a copy so that I could read it and provide a blurb. The book is slated for shipping in November, 2006, but there’s nothing wrong with a little pre-release publicity. After all, it will probably be out BV (Before Vista), and everyone [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:26:39+00:00May 30th, 2006|Categories: Innovation|Tags: |29 Comments

The Top Ten Lies of Engineers

After a several month hiatus, I would like to return to my top-ten lies series. So far, I've covered entrepreneurs and VCs, Today's topic is the top ten lies of engineers. 1. “We're about to go into beta testing.” This is a meaningless statement because it doesn't matter when you go into beta testing--what matters [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:27:33+00:00April 27th, 2006|Categories: Innovation|Tags: |98 Comments

The Art of Execution

If my memory isn't failing me, after the Robert Redford character gets elected in The Candidate, he whispers to one of his supporters, “Now what?” Raising money ls like running for office: it's very exciting and even fun if you get the money. But after you raise the money, now what? The good news is [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:29:08+00:00January 28th, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Innovation|Tags: |35 Comments

The Art of Bootstrapping

Someone once told me that the probability of an entrepreneur getting venture capital is the same as getting struck by lightning while standing at the bottom of a swimming pool on a sunny day. This may be too optimistic. Let's say that you can't raise money for whatever reason: You're not a “proven” team with [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:29:10+00:00January 26th, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Innovation|124 Comments