Month: Mai 2006

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Entrepreneurial Proverbs

Marc Hedlund presented some great advice regarding ideas, products, money, people and starting out for entrepreneurs. Here is my favorite one:

Work only with people you like and believe in — I once heard Eric Schmidt say something along the lines of, “The older I get, the more I think all that matters is working with people you like.” If you’re smart and talented, you’re probably going to like a lot of smart and talented people. Working with people you like is so much more fun, and often more productive, than fighting against someone who may be smart and talented but just isn’t a great fit for you.”

The Web is Fluid

Jay Cross’s post at Internet Time Blog on the role of construction signs and beta versions:

“In the early days of the web, construction signs littered the landscape. Some people put them on every page! In time people realized that web pages weren’t meant to be static, like books. You didn’t need to excuse unfinished work. because everything is a work in progress. Nothing is ever finished!”

Learning in Synch with Life: New Models, New Processes

White Paper from George Siemens at Google’s 2006 Training Summit on key changes facing learners and organizations today:

  • “Societal changes: learners are changing due to technology emersion.
  • Technology: continual advances and innovation create expectations of end users for continual improvement and additional functionality.
  • Globalization: competition (and opportunities) are emerging in many markets not previously accessible by most corporations. Globalization requires awareness of the nuances of each market, while still achieving intended corporate goals and strategies.
  • Rapid pace of information development: information growth means that learners are no longer able to handle and make sense of everything on their own; they need to rely on technology and networks to store information and knowledge. New skills are required.
  • Decentralization: The center cannot hold. Complexity requires a breakdown of central elements to create structures that are capable of rapid adaptation and growth.”

How Open Source Software Works

Lecture from Karim Lakhani at MIT OpenCourseWare:

“The open source software phenomenon opened peoples’ eyes to the potential power of innovation carried out by groups of volunteers with tools and coordination mechanisms. Karim Lakhani explains how OS works. He talks about community transparency and other organizational innovations that are used to achieve impressive results like Apache web server software and the Linux operating system.”

The Web 2.0 Big Font Controversy

Max Kiesler on the trend in web design to use large, high-contrast fonts:

“Do you ever wonder why many of the new websites you go to have giant high-contrast fonts? Extraterrestrials, a clan of very elderly web designers, or maybe it’s just a bunch of punk kids that are trying to be trendy? While in some cases any of these may be true, I would argue the real culprits are designers who base their typographic decisions on research (hopefully). “

Should Small Businesses Care About Web 2.0 Marketing?

In his Marketing Excellence Blog Eric Kintz share trends through examples of small businesses that have been the first to capitalize on web 2.0 and have reaped early benefits:

  • Trend #1: Establish a blog as your primary web presence
  • Trend #2: Take advantage of emerging hyper local blogs
  • Trend #3: Use web 2.0 marketing to market to bloggers
  • Trend #4: Leverage emerging web 2.0 advertising platforms
  • Trend #5: explore emerging audio and video marketing (podcasting and vloging)