Archive for July, 2006

Flickr, Upcoming & Katrina

I have been filling in on the Weblogs Work blog as Jake gets settled in.  I will fill you in with an overview of my posts:

Why CEOs Don’t Blog - a response to Randall Stross at the New York Times.
My Favorite Social Tools: Flickr - my endorsement of the photo sharing site.
My Favorite Social Tools: […]

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The how and the why. . .

Looking for some light summer reading?  If you are looking for a great read on WHY the Internet is changing business check out Chris Anderson’s “The Long Tail.”  If you want to know HOW you can do something about it check out Robert Scoble and Shel Israel’s “Naked Conversations” - THE definative business blogging book.  […]

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Much ado about nothing: The Long Tail Debate

Chris Anderson’s blog post, magazine article, turned book, “The Long Tail, Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More” is causing quite a stir in the traditional media world.  If you are not familiar with the Long Tail concept try the book or the Wikipedia entry (tail in yellow).
First Lee Gomes from the […]

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The right response to 1402?

I can’t help but comment yet again on the war between Israel and the Hezbullah.  The world is outraged that Israel continues to respond to the attacks by the Hezbullah.  World leaders claim that Israel is overreacting.  I am floored by these statements.
How many rockets would the Hebullah need to fire at Washington DC before […]

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BarCamp Texas - August 26th (Austin)

What is BarCampTexas? Well, the organizers of BarCampAustin, BarCampDallas, and BarCampHouston have decided to join forces and create BarCampTexas! The goal is to get over 1000 campers to join together August 26th-28th. BarCampTexas will be held in conjunction with BarCampEarth, Saturday August 26th to Monday 28th.
Where?  Austin, Texas (location TBD any minute)
What? Proposed Sessions […]

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How much is enough: Calling in Rich

Each year I get together with a group of business people (i.e. friends) that I met in YEO in the late 90’s for a retreat (typically in Vegas).  Over the years we have talked about how much is enough.  I was reminded of these conversations when I read Fred Wilson’s post on “Calling in Rich.”   […]

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Cocktail Napkin to Startup (DIY Part Eleven)

This is part eleven of a series of posts describing how we are taking an idea from a cocktail napkin and putting into the real world. Start now, or read along from the start with: part one, part two, part three, part four, part five, part six, part seven, part eight, part nine and part […]

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Future of code? (hint, it is red)

Tim Bray has a great post on his admiration of the Ruby language and the Rails community in general titled, “On Ruby.”  If you are building web applications and you are not considering using Ruby on Rails you should ask yourself why.  Here are some of my thoughts:

Beautiful Code - Ruby on Rails is simple […]

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Web 2.0 Positioning

Just as we dropped Web 2.0 from our vocabulary Aman Batheja decided to write an article on Web 2.0 companies in North Texas. He interviews Southlake’s hottest Web 2.0 company: Blinksale (Josh Williams’ startup), as well as Charlie Wood from Spanning Partners (not sure what they do yet - I will investigate), Miles Sims […]

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SiSTer Technologies Profile

Company Name:  SiSTeR Technologies
Founded:  2002
Founder:  Israel Alpert, CEO
About the company:  SiSTeR Technologies, Inc. is a provider of applications and hosted services for the automated creation and management of multimedia marketing content for online retail and mobile environments. Pic2Vid™, the company’s flagship product, is a low-cost, web-based solution that automatically generates streaming video content with voiceovers […]

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The new war, a lot like the old war. . .

“We will fight terror wherever it is because if we do not fight it, it will fight us. If we don’t reach it, it will reach us.”
Dan Halutz, Chief of Staff Israel Defense Forces
He is right… 

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37 Signals takes money from Bezos?

37 Signals, the company we modeled Spur after, just did the unthinkable: they raised venture capital from Jeff Bezos!  Why did they do it?  They didn’t need the money, but perhaps they wanted some Amazon magic.  But is Amazon what 37 Signals wants to be?  I hope not, and I don’t think so.  But, getting […]

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Mad about getting stuck in Lebanon?

Sorry, but I cannot resist commenting on CNN reports I watched at lunch today. Many U.S. citizens are on TV complaining about the conditions of the U.S. Evacuation this past week. The complaints range from, “it took too long before we heard from the State Department” to “there were no air conditioners on […]

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Clueless VC Suggestions

Rick Segal had a great story about a “shoestring startup” talking to a Valley VC yesterday.  He recounts a story where a VC starts up a conversation with two guys running their business from a garage by saying, “Guys, you really need to get a toll-free conference call number so we don’t incur the charges.”  […]

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SimpleTicket News (6 month anniversary)

It has been a while since I have blogged about our SimpleTicket project.  What is SimpleTicket?  SimpleTicket, the first Ruby on Rails based trouble ticket system released as an open source project. Built as an alternative to expensive and complicated ticking systems like Remedy and Heat.

We initially launched SimpleTicket on SourceForge, but soon (within 30 […]

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