The site asks viewers to submit photos that have bits torn or cut away, and to include a short text that will somehow lend the incomplete photograph a sense of poetic wholeness (or at least poetic mystery).… Read more
"Take the money."
Many of today's entrepreneurial heroes have a curious item in common: They turned down the big payout. Zuckerberg turned down Yahoo ($1 billion) and then Microsoft ($15 billion). Andrew Mason (Groupon) rebuffed Google's $6 billion. And Twitter's still a private company, to the consternation of everyone, including Zuckerberg. (See No Sellout, from Fast Company.)
Don't let that be a lesson to you. Not all big ideas are quite that big. The vast majority are not, in fact.
Ruslan is a very young Russian entrepreneur. His … Read more
JotForm, a service that lets people create forms on the Web, has been suspended by the U.S. Secret Service as a result of content a user posted online, according to the co-founder of the company that created JotForm.
But by this afternoon there were signs that the matter was being corrected, Aytekin Tank, who co-founded JotForm creator Interlogy Internet Technology, told CNET.
"Although it is still not propagated, our DNS (Domain Name System) for Jotform.com started pointing back to the correct names. They have not notified us but it looks like they might have lifted the suspension,&… Read more
Clear, which is a task-managing app for the iPhone, launched and almost instantly became No. 1 in the App Store.
The rich UI, mixed sound effects, and a long list of usable gestures, make for a unique experience on your iPhone. There really isn't another app out there like it.
In the settings for the app you will find themes, five in total. One thing you may not know is that there are actually three (that I can find/know of) themes that can be unlocked by the user in the app itself. Here is what each of them … Read more
"It always works out at the very last minute."
--Megan Cummins, CEO, You Smell Soap
You win some, you lose some. But, ultimately, if you're a startup person, the balance comes up positive.
Part of that is attitude. Every failure, when you're starting a company, is just a bump on the road. A road you keep going down. Megan experienced this when she "won" the promise of a $105,000 investment in her startup, You Smell Soap, on the reality TV show, 'Shark Tank.' The show was taped in July, 2011. As of December, … Read more
Take your kids to work.
At Stanford's StartX pitch event last week, I met Trent Hazy, CEO of MindSumo. It's clever; see my writeup. But I was honestly more interested in asking Trent if he was related to the Hazy whose name is on the awesome Steven Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum (an annex to the Smithsonian Air and Space) in Virginia. "He's my father," Trent said.
Which brings me to today's tip.
I have interviewed thousands of tech company founders. After the first few hundred, I started to ask my interviewees how … Read more
"Play a game you can win."
--Rick Marini, CEO, BranchOut
There are very few green field opportunities. Most of the time, when you start a business venture, your success will have to come at the expense of another company. Obviously, no company gives up its incumbent position willingly.
Rick, whose company is a job-finder's network and thus aiming to be a direct competitor to LinkedIn, talked to me about taking on the big, public business networking site.
"If I just thought I could beat the competition," he says, "and that was it, I would … Read more
"No career consultants."
--Jeremy Toeman, chief product officer, Dijit Media
Sometimes you need hired guns. People with specific knowledge to help you do something no one on your team has the expertise to do. Consultants.
But when running a startup, what you need in a consultant is serious operational and practical advice, and consultants with years of, ahem, consulting experience may not be able to provide what you need. Especially in the tech startup world, the landscape can shift extremely quickly.
"You want someone in touch, not removed," advises Jeremy Toeman, chief product officer of Dijit … Read more
"Never stop raising money."
--James Joaquin, partner, Catamount Ventures
What is the real job of a startup CEO? To get most companies to escape velocity--that is, to the point where they are actual companies, to the point where you, as CEO, can go on vacation and not worry yourself sick about the company surviving until you get back--you need to make sure your baby has funding to make it to your next milestone, and then beyond.
Your seed investment won't be sufficient. Why not? Because no smart investor is going to give you enough funding to make … Read more
Entrepreneurs often think big. But they rarely think big enough, Jason says. "If it's not beyond your conception, it's too small."
We were talking about Weblogs Inc., a network of blogs that Jason launched in 2003 and sold to AOL in 2005, when it had 90 titles, including Engadget, Autoblog, and TUAW.
That wasn't enough? "It could have been bigger," he says. The challenge was not operational. The structure was there. He could have hired up the management to run a larger network. The … Read more