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Lucky or Smart? Fifty Pages For The First-Time Entrepreneur
28 May, 2013
Quick read, features some relevant lessons for aspiring entrepreneurs [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entrepreneur]. I somewhat enjoyed the book, but wasn't much impressed by it. Maybe it would be more useful if I've never read any other entrepreneurship or business book before. One other negative detail, in my opinion, is that author tries to teach you lessons using examples from his experience as entrepreneur in the early 90's when internet wasn't anywhere near what it currently is today and use
Start With Why - How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
25 May, 2013
If you've ever started a business, or tried to sell something, you'll certainly recognize the patterns described by Simon Sinek [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Sinek]. We think of the what to describe a product or service. Same while trying to influence people to adopt a certain behavior. Thinking about the what, and explaining the what just feels natural, logical, rational. The why is implied, and you expect people to figure their own whys to make good use of your whats. The book teaches
Things I Learned About Life and Entrepreneurship While Learning How to Shoot with a Bow
23 April, 2013
I've just begun practicing, and did some classes to learn proper bow [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bow_and_arrow] handling, form, aiming and shooting. It may seem easy to shoot with a bow - after all, it is just a bow and an arrow! anyone could shoot with it - but it turns out that handling it properly isn't as easy as it seems. The Dominant Eye A dominant eye is the eye which is preferred by your brain for seeing things, in a similar way that you have a preferred arm and hand for dealing with
Review: Content Rules - How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, eBooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business.
15 April, 2013
Creating a personal blog seems to be some sort of rite of passage that most internet users have gone through. Keeping up with it, is yet another rite that only a very small percentage of them manage to pass. I am still trying to keep that up, and I have to admit that it is challenging to create the habit to post relevant content often. This is where this book comes in handy - it takes you by the hand and gives awesome ideas on how to elaborate interesting content and keep up with your blog, pod
Work like you Sleep
07 May, 2011
Ok, I'm not going to tell you to work like you sleep in the sense of how much work you get done out of your sleep time. Actually, there is a much more interesting perspective to that relation. After watching this TEDx Midwest talk, I just confirmed what I always believed to be true but in a very well explained manner: Interrupting work is just like interrupting your sleep. With a 4 months old baby boy, I just realized how bad it is to your attempt to get some rest when you are interrupted 3 or
01 June, 2010
It looks like cell phones today have so many features that it is becoming less phone and more everything else. The new trend, when it comes to transforming your mobile phone into something else, is turning it into a Loyalty Card Collector. Startups like CardStar [http://www.mycardstar.com/] and CardBank [http://www.barcode2mobile.com/] already offer business a solution that uses barcodes to virtualize loyalty cards and store them in mobile phones. There are plenty of others, like Foursquare [htt
23 May, 2010
Outstanding book for entrepreneurs looking into inspiration for addressing common development dilemmas like whether to reed to customer's suggestions or how to approach software development for maximizing profit and deliverability. Focused on startups whose main product is the software they develop, and wrote by the founders of 37 signals, this book breaks most of the old common sense understandings on how a company should be built and how software development should be managed based on their ow
Software Patents not worth the effort?
08 April, 2010
This week I read an article from Erik J. Heels [http://erikjheels.com/?p=2167], where he states that patents are not always worth a try for startups, mainly when it comes to software patents. Well, it happens that I have being reading about this subject lately, and sometimes I do agree, sometimes I don't. Although being expensive and time consuming, patents do give its owner a reasonable advantage over competitors avoiding them from stealing the idea. Ok, I agree that it doesn't always avoid t
Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion
13 January, 2010
I may have been the first person who bought Crush It! before knowing who Gary Vaynerchuk was and having never seen the Wine Library TV. The latter being of no surprise, since I don't drink. Instead of going for the book, I bought the audiobook at audible which is narrated by Gary Vaynerchuck himself. His energy and enthusiasm really got me excited right off the bat, and the way he narrates really shows his passion and love for what he does. Since I've never seen any of his videos before, that al
Perhaps a Starting Point?
20 November, 2008
Last post I wondered a little bit about how could a company give enough freedom to their employees so they can create their creative environment and do a better job. After posting, I began pondering some starting points, or directives, which could help a company walk in that direction. First, I would like to bold that in the creative process, there should be no deadlines or that will kill it from the root. But, I didn't forget that in the real world, we need to interact with other companies and
First thoughts about the event...
09 November, 2008
I went through the first morning of the event, and it was very inspiring. The speakers quality is very ok, and the event very well organized, but the catering service... Ok, we're surviving that and in the end, we came here for brain not stomach food. John Cleese mainly talked about ways of letting and incentivizing your creativity come out from your unconscious. Not a surprise to most of us, interrupting the cognitive process can be a disaster as he said. I believe that, and always tried to fi
Software is not about code, but people and their desires
10 July, 2007
Thinking that with a really optimized, organized and structured code you'll make your software the newest killer app ever? Been fast and stable is just a couple of the requisites users look for while choosing their software. Among all the requirements that users instinctively looks for in a software, usability is the most decisive of them. A software with poor usability makes user feel angry and disappointed about the software. Imagine that someone is trying to use your software in a low profil