Dave McClure, the casual pirate, is known to be a little bit out there, when it comes to public speaking. With over 80,000 followers on Twitter he's got a few people who like him, and of course a few who think he's an idiot. You be the judge, but yesterday at Startup Weekend Dave gave yet another one of 'those' presentations, which left the audience wondering.
You know those days when you get home hungry, but have no time to make a decent home-cooked meal and instead you settle for an unhealthy alternative? There is now an app for that! Two Seattle wantrapreneurs, Richard and Ash, have started a company called BigStove. It is "a way for individual chefs, cooks, caterers, and small restaurants to get their amazing dishes in the hands of customers who want meals that match their taste." In other words, if you're feeling adventurous but want a unique restaurant quality meal at your doorsteps, this is the place to go.
HiDaddyILoveYou.com was my first Facebook application that uses FB Connect to log you in, to post to your wall, and then of course, in the best traditions of Facebook, to download all your personal data and store is on my server. I would like to share what I learned while building a Facebook application in rails, in terms of creating an application with Facebook Connect, Ruby on Rails, MongoDB and Heroku, and all the other things, that consumed 80% of my time.
If it has just occurred to you that Father's Day is around the corner and you have no gift, I've got a solution for you. If you did find a gift, but it's either: a crappy gift, a type of a gift that your dad is going to throw in the closet and never take out, a gift that will be re-gifted, sold on ebay or forgotten, this applies to you too. The gift I have in mind is unique, it is special, it is guaranteed to deliver value, and it is a lot cheaper than most of the stuff you can find in the stores today. I am talking about the gift of learning and self-expression.
Getting your post to trend on HN is as much of a skill as it is magic.There is just one basic principle that will get you trending. It is the most important, the most obvious, and the most overlooked! I have tried before, learned my lessons, and when my post entitled 3 Lessons From a Coffee Entrepreneur trended #1, getting 7,000 unique visitors in the first four hours, I hit the nail on the head. This was a fantastic experience and I would like to tell you the key steps that can get a post trending.
Recently, there has been a lot of talk about Education. Some people say it good, some say it's bad, and neither side is right or wrong. At the end of the day it is obvious that education is a good thing overall, but the way it is done now might not be the optimal way in order to produce a society that is able to answer the questions of tomorrow. I would like to contribute to this discussion and introduce the notion of efficiency. To succeed in the future, we need to understand education, to cluster it and to re-prioritize segments in a way that would boost rates of consumptions and absorption, while giving more room to creativity and hands-on applications of knowledge.
Everybody wants to be successful, and entrepreneurs, in my mind, are the people to look up to. Entrepreneurs work very hard, fail often, but at the end, almost always succeed. There is no silver bullet that makes one a renowned success, and often it is a combination of skill, dedication, luck and most important of all - persistence. So how do you win in life? Well, you do exactly what the winners do. Here are 3 steps I, and many others, use to become successful.
I am a geek and a wanterpreneur. Instead of working from an office, I prefer to work from either my home or a good coffee shop. Seattle has many coffee shops, but not all of them are great. When I first moved here, choosing a good place to work, meet, and to socialize was difficult, and I decided to aggregate a list of the best coffee shops in Seattle, giving everyone else the opportunity to have the best "office space" possible.
Google, following Apple's footsteps, hosts an IO event every year where they announce new updates, products ...etc. However, unlike Apple, Google miserably fails at creating a truly "magical" experience. This spans from their organization at the events, to users experience on their platforms, to at last, their Keynote speakers.