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Niche job boards proliferating, what about people boards?

Om Malik comments on Mike’s new job board, CrunchBoard, and suggests that the online jobs segment is atracting attention from entrepreneurs and venture capitalists (site like Indeed, TheLadders and Jobster).
Our thought is that there is a place for people boards - i.e. places to find great people instead of jobs.  Combine that thought with Microformats […]

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The New Guy: Jake McKee

Last year Spur launched two new brands, Weblogs Work (social media consultancy) and Big in Japan (social tool company).  Earlier this year we realized that the two efforts were like peanut butter and chocolate: “two great tastes that go together.”  We are in the process of folding the consulting practice (Weblogs Work) into the Big […]

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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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Weblogs Work + Big in Japan = Social Tool Experts!

Its official, Weblogs Work is now part of Big in Japan! It took us a year to determined that weblogs do in fact work, but they are simply one social media tool a business or agency should consider. As a result we have decided to consolidate the Big in Japan and Weblogs Work brand into […]

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WordPress has a conference: WordCamp

The Spur team is getting serious about our support and management of social media tools like blogs, wikis and podcasts. We have selected WordPress as our primary weblog publishing platform and now the tool has its own conference called WordCamp. Meet us in San Francisco on August 5th, 2006 to meet Matt and […]

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Spur has a website!

Our company, Spur, now has a website. We are still working out the kinks, but in the traditional of perpetual beta, feel free to take a look by visiting: Spur.

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Spur goes old school: #spur IRC Channel

Spur has a new channel on Freenode for anyone interested in discussing our various projects (Big in Japan, SimpleTicket, Weblogs Work, hResume or Architel).  We know it is a little old school, but it works for us.  Feel free to pop on if you have a question, concern or suggestion.  Someone will usually be on.
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FiveRuns Profile

Company Name: FiveRuns
Founded: February 2005
Founder: Steven Smith, CEO
About the company: FiveRuns has developed a new breed of systems management software — a simple, straightforward, open source answer for your monitoring, analyzing, reporting and predicting needs. FiveRuns is a sleek, hosted web application built with the user in mind. Perfect for IT professionals using […]

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Betting the company

Fred Wilson talks about why it is difficult for big company managers to become successful startup CEOs. To succeed startups need to “bet the company every day.” He suggests that most Fortune 500 managers are taught to mitigate risks and manage the downside. He contends that startups don’t have a downside that […]

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Paradigm shift: scarcity or abundance = value?

Fred Wilson reminds us that, most of us, grew up in a world where scarcity lead to value. He cautions us to realize that in a post-physical, i.e. digital, world abundance leads to value. I won’t repeat his word since you can read them here. But I will suggest that you take […]

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Who is Spur?

We are presenting Spur at Under the Radar this afternoon (1PM @ Microsoft Bldg. 1). Spur builds companies at the intersection of marketing, communications, web and technology. Today we have four brands including Architel (technology support services), Weblogs Work (social media consultancy), SimpleTicket (open source, rails based ticketing system) and Big in Japan […]

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We now do 50% less! Spur is born. . .

“How do you do it?” That is a question we hear all of the time from people interested in starting their own business. The answer seems so simple to me, we never really undestood why people asked it until recently. What changed? It all started when we took a cold hard look at our business.
We […]

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Persistant Search

Bill Burnham’s post, “Persistent Search: Search’s Next Big Battleground” talks about how ping servers and RSS will define a whole new segment of search. Interesting article if you get a chance to check it out. Our own work with structured data, such as those defined by Microformats have shown us there is a […]

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Wick Allison - 16 startups and counting!

Wick Allison started Dallas’ must read, D Magazine in the 1970s. Since then he has been involved with more than 16 startups (most successful). In the latest edition of DallasCEO Wick provides his “eight metrics of a start-up.”

Rule #1: Don’t be arrogant.
Rule #2: Define the target.
Rule #3: Argue.
Rule #4: Ask your customers.
Rule #5: […]

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Seven Reasons Web Services Fail

Joshua Porter, social web designer, wrote an interesting post titled “7 Reasons Why Web Apps Fail” and a follow-up titled, “7 More Reasons Why Web Apps Fail.” Interesting point of view for anyone considering launching a new web service (I certainly don’t agree with some of his ideas, but they are worthy of consideration). […]

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