Posts with keyword: business


On Complex Problems

Your latest Web 2.0 business idea might be cool. It might even make you rich. But it doesn't prove you're a genius.
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Google, China, and Trust

Yesterday Google redirected google.cn to Google's Hong Kong site after a many month-long war of words between Google and the Chinese government. Google accused the Chinese government of industrial espionage and has been chaffing under the Chinese government's requirement for censorship. There's a lot of commentary about Google destroying their chances to compete in the world's fastest growing economy, but I want to focus on something else. Google was caught between what it thought was the right thing and it's desire--some would say need--to do business in China. Google chose the right thing. One of the
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Exercising Power vs Doing Better Work

Paul Graham has a new essay called Apple's Mistake about how badly the AppStore approval process is broken. This line speaks volumes: An organization that wins by exercising power starts to lose the ability to win by doing better work From Apple's MistakeReferenced Mon Nov 23 2009 08:40:31 GMT-0700 (MST) Go read the whole thing and ponder what it means to organizations whose success is measured by the degree to which others use their platform.
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What Would Google Do: The Slideshow

Here's a slideshow that does a nice job of summarizing Jeff Jarvis' book What Would Google Do? The book is worth reading, but this presentation hits the high points.
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We Are the Ten

Steve Fulling articulated some principles a few years back on business, leadership, and life that he called "We Are the Ten." While the ideas in general were not necessarily original with him, the document was a powerful vision ofhow self-actualized people go about working together. Here is the preamble: We believe teams are only as good as the values that bond them together. We reject the notion that in a team of one hundred, ten do the work. We are the ten. We believe values and culture can fundamentally transform the behaviors and actions of a team. We reject
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Guy Kawasaki: How to Drive the Competition Crazy

Image by Thomas Hawk via Flickr Guy Kawasaki is speaking at the Infopia ecommerce conference in Salt Lake City today. (You might also enjoy reading my notes from the last time Guy was in Utah.) His topic is how to drive the competition crazy. In standard Guy style, he gives his talk as a list of ten things: Find a mighty opposite - find a great enemy who is trying to do something in direct opposition to what you're doing. Portray them in ways that emphasize how you're different. It doesn't have to be a company. It could be
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It's Always a Good Time to Start a Web Business

Howard Lindzon is up next speaking on by it's always a good time to start a web business. Howard runs a hedge fund. The headlines we're seeing today aren't good. Leaders need to look beyond the headlines. The goal: zig when other's zag (with hat tip to Warren Buffet's "the time to be fearful..." The best time to start a "premium" business or one base don ad revenue was the last four years. Now we need to focus on being "too small to fail." Get your idea and product ready and the first customer under your belt as soon
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A Cautionary Tale for Old School Media Companies

Jeff Jarvis notes that TV Guide recently sold for $1 (not per copy--for the whole thing) and says: "Beware media and news companies that try to preserve their past: This could be you." This echos Clayton Christensen's Innovator's Dilemma. Very few companies can successfully ignore or even kill the old business to build the new one. Reading further into this story, the online piece wasn't included in the sale--Macrovision retained that part. They apparently did kill the magazine to save the future: online.
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NBC's Troubles

NBC has announced that it will open its own download site for it's programs after a dispute with Apple over the price and DRM for its programs on ITMS. There are a lot of people who think NBC is mad to take their shows off of ITMS and maybe they are, but I think NBC and others are bound to explore their options in this brave new world. We call NBC, CBS, ABC, and others "networks" because in the old days they had to worry about distribution because of the limits of technology (VHF television has a 50 mile
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Platform Strategies that Work

I've been following Gnomedex via Twitter--a bunch of people I follow are there. Dave Winer just said, regarding Mahalo: When someone gets up and gives a speech about a platform, my mind gets engaged about ways I can have fun or make money. There's none of that with Mahalo. It's about Jason and his investors making money. Why should I care about that? It's like the iPhone. Very limited opportunities for us to be creative. From Here's what bothers me about Mahalo (Scripting News)Referenced Fri Aug 10 2007 18:28:11 GMT-0600 (MDT) Dave is making an excellent point here--maybe the
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One Stop Business Registration

I just finished setting up an LLC using Utah's One Stop Business Registration. This is an event-style eGovernment service that we first envisioned when I was CIO. It's been in operation for a while, but this was my first opportunity to use it. I was impressed. The application takes all of the various interactions you'd have with the State to create a business and streamlines it into one, easy to follow workflow. The only criticism I had, and it's minor one, is that the application asked if I wanted to add any additional articles to the Articles of Incorporation,
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Google Goes Fishing

Jeff Barr has a humorous look at the approach junior Google recruiters are using on him. As Scoble said: Anyone who does an hour's worth of research with a search engine, like, say, Google's, knows that Jeff is worth hiring and isn't worth treating with a bit of the usual filtering bulls##t. Either hire him, or leave him alone. I also wouldn't let newbie recruiters even get close to anyone who has a blog --- I'd make sure that bloggers get handled by a real pro, not the amateur hour kind of hiring folks that are pitching Jeff currently.
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Black Swans and the Impact of Improbable Events

Black Swans(click to enlarge) Yesterday, Nassim Nicholas Taleb was on Talk of the Nation talking about his book Black Swan. Of course, we published Moira Gunn's interview with Taleb a few weeks ago on IT Conversations. The name comes from the fact that for centuries Europeans used the term "black swan" as synonymous with something that was impossible--until they got to Australia where black swans are common. Taleb uses it as an allegory for an improbable event that changes some aspect of our world drastically. It's funny how when you learn a new concept it becomes a way to
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The Perfect Business

Scoble has a video showing one man's implementation of the perfect business. What's the perfect business? Simple: No inventory. No employees. No marginal cost of production. No rent. No business cards. It's all online and almost run itself.
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Provo Second on Forbes List

Forbes magazine lists Provo Utah as second on their list of Best Places For Business And Careers. Raleigh, NC was number one and Boise, ID was third. That's good company. After listening to Richard Florida on IT Conversations a few years back, I bought his book The Rise of the Creative Class. Provo gets a mention there as well as a good place for doing business. Florida talks a great deal about what metropolitan areas can do to become magnets for creative people. Forbes is capturing a lot of that in their list; here are the components: Colleges -
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Why to Not Not Start a Startup

With all the ETech stuff I've been immersed in, it's easy to forget there's other stuff happening. This Paul Graham essay dispelling myths about startups is one you don't want to miss. It goes well with Marc Hedlund's tutorial from Monday.
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Coder to Co-Founder: Etech Tutorial

I'm sitting in Marc Hedlund's tutorial, Coder to Co-Founder: Entrepreneuring for Geeks. Looking him up on the Web, I found, what else, a post he'd done about twitter about how Twitter is wall for the Web (and some other things). Something from Nothing: Marc makes the point that being employee number one for a company is easier than being the founder because being employee number one implies something's already there--a name, an idea, money, and so on. You should work on the idea that won't leave you alone. It's Good to Be King: It's fantastic to have an idea,
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Are You a Product or a Brand?

There's been a lot written over the years on the ideas of the personal brand. I'm always surprised how many otherwise bright people will go get a Hotmail account when what they need is a professional, personal email address. Part of blogging's appeal to many is the chance to build personal brand. Tom Peters says "To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You." I was just reading a post by Chris Borgan about making money from podcasts called Your Show Itself is NOT the Money Maker. He says:
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Funding Public Radio (and ITC) with VRM

In a post at Linux Journal about identity and VRM, Doc Searls says that rather than boil the VRM ocean, he would rather pick a specific problem. Beyond cash for goods or services, I would like the option of having some range in relating. Maybe I want nothing more than give an artist some cash and a high-five. Or I may want a subscription to notices of new work, or to performances near where I live. The thing is, this mechanism needs to live on my side: to be mine. It must be able to relate to a first
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Personal Businesses On the Rise

Number of US businesses with no employees (Intuit/IFTF study)(click to enlarge) Paul Kedrosky pointed out an Intuit/IFTF study on small business (PDF) that talks about the rise of the personal business. Tim O'Reilly has a nice riff on this as well. As I talk to people, I find more and more who consider themselves free agents and, even though they have an employer, take pains to keep themselves free of organizational entanglements. They use their own email address for most correspondence, buy their own tools, and see their employment more like a business to business relationship than a traditional
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IT Conversations in a Podcasting Supergroup

An article in Podcasting News calls Gigavox Media, the new home of IT Conversations, the "first podcasting supergroup." A new company promises to be the first podcasting supergroup, bringing together two influential pioneers of podcasting, Doug Kaye (IT Conversations, The Conversations Network) and Michael Geoghegan, right, (Reel Reviews, Grape Radio, and the DisneyLand Podcast). During the Gnomedex 6.0 conference last weekend, Kaye announced the launch of GigaVox Media, Inc., a for-profit partner company of the non-profit The Conversations Network. Kaye describes the relationship between GigaVox and its non-profit sister as a "hybrid business model" where the two sides work
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Will Vonage Die?

This analysis from Art Reisman says that Vonage is going to die. Art's claim is that once the incumbent players decide that VoIP is a real challenge there's nothing to keep them from offering the service more efficiently at the same price-points. I don't disagree with this view to a degree. I've looked at VoIP as a business in some depth on some prior business deals I was considering and there's nothing about what Vonage is doing from a technology or business standpoint that offers significant competitive advantage. What's more, this is a business where margins are thin and
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Business Ignitor in Utah County

Connect Magazine is hosting another Utah County installment of its Business Ingnitor Series today (Wednesday Oct. 26th) from 3:30 - 5 p.m. at the Lindon Los Hermanos. Josh Coates of Berkeley Data Systems will be the speaker. You can register at Connect. Students get in free, so if you're interested, head on over. (When registering, students should register with a school e-mail address and select the "pay at the door" billing option. No one with an e-mail account from a school will have to actually pay at the door.) I'm in Berkelely for the Internet Identity Workshop, so unfortunately,
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