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This Is A Prototype Manifesto…love it

Posted in innovation, your take on... by aldorf on August 2, 2011

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Entrepreneurship – Do You Have What It Takes?

Posted in blog, inspiration, quality, your take on... by aldorf on April 29, 2011

Well put Chris Dixon (Co-founder of hunch.com, and other venture)

There Are Two Kinds Of People In The World

You’ve either started a company or you haven’t.  ”Started” doesn’t mean joining as an early employee, or investing or advising or helping out.  It means starting with no money, no help, no one who believes in you (except perhaps your closest friends and family), and building an organization from a borrowed cubicle with credit card debt and nowhere to sleep except the office. It almost invariably means being dismissed by arrogant investors who show up a half hour late, totally unprepared and then instead of saying “no” give you non-committal rejections like “we invest at later stage companies.” It means looking prospective employees in the eyes and convincing them to leave safe jobs, quit everything and throw their lot in with you.  It means having pundits in the press and blogs who’ve never built anything criticize you and armchair quarterback your every mistake. It means lying awake at night worrying about running out of cash and having a constant knot in your stomach during the day fearing you’ll disappoint the few people who believed in you and validate your smug doubters.

I don’t care if you succeed or fail, if you are Bill Gates or an unknown entrepreneur who gave everything to make it work but didn’t manage to pull through. The important distinction is whether you risked everything, put your life on the line, made commitments to investors, employees, customers and friends, and tried – against all the forces in the world that try to keep new ideas down – to make something new.

“The Internet of Things = The Internet of Hype” on The Economist

Posted in blog, ideas, your take on... by aldorf on January 7, 2011

“Is it worth it? Many of the problems that the internet of things is supposed to solve actually have simple, non-technological solutions. Google likes to boast that your smartphone can tell you the ratio of men and women in any given bar. But there is actually a much simpler solution: you can look through the window! …

Read full article on The Economist blog

Think About…Privacy

Posted in your take on... by aldorf on January 14, 2010

• The next generation will see the first presidential candidates with their full adult lives recorded in social media — everything from the embarrassing drunk pictures to their stellar accomplishments.

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• The question facing us every day is moving from “Why would I share this?” to “Why would I keep this private?”

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• Will society as a whole become more tolerant of people’s faults and inconsistencies?

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• Do we moderate our behaviors knowing that our lives can be recorded and searched?

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