Ten Questions with Scott Berkun, Author of “The Myths of Innovation”

Scott Berkun worked on the Internet explorer team at Microsoft from 1994-1999. He is the author of a recently released book called The Myths of Innovation. He also wrote the 2005 bestseller, The Art of Project Management. He teaches a graduate course in creative thinking at the University of Washington, runs the sacred places architecture [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:20:08+00:00June 28th, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Events, Innovation|Tags: |33 Comments

My iPhone Review

It’s hard to write something about the iPhone that takes a new angle. For the next few days you’ll be seeing hands-on reviews of the iPhone by folks like Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal and David Pogue of the New York Times. Come Friday night, you’ll also see the first customer reactions. Thus, [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:20:10+00:00June 27th, 2007|Categories: Uncategorized|106 Comments

Heroes From a Small Planet Film Festival: Social Entrepreneurs Videos

Want to be inspired? Check out this collection of videos about social entrepreneurs from around the world. It’s called the FRONTLINE/World series. Here’s a description: “…we have searched for stories about people who innovate in ways that truly transform our interconnected world. This special site will feature the stories of people whose ideas and organizations [...]

By |2015-03-17T09:36:10+00:00June 21st, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship|Tags: |17 Comments

Reality Check: Pixilu and Guy 2.0

Pixilu Imaging Inc. provides professional retouching services as an online service. You upload digital photos and Pixilu’s graphic artists review each photo and perform color correction, acne removal, facial lines reduction, teeth whitening, and enhanced red-eye correction. The cost varies from $1.49 to $9.99 per photo. I submitted my picture to the service, and this [...]

By |2015-03-18T07:49:41+00:00June 20th, 2007|Categories: Books, Uncategorized|Tags: |56 Comments

Marc Andreessen on Facebook Platform

I am three weeks behind the times, so I’m just catching on to how cool the Facebook Platform is. Then I read “Analyzing the Facebook Platform, three weeks in” by Marc Andreessen. It’s a must read for any social-networking entrepreneur. Facebook Platform is almost as exciting as developing Safari apps for the iPhone. :-)

By |2016-10-24T14:20:13+00:00June 19th, 2007|Categories: Cool Stuff, Entrepreneurship|7 Comments

Bite Your Tongue: Eight More Ways To Improve Your Presentations

There was such a positive response to the speaking tips of Doug Lawrence (email) that I asked him for more stuff. Taking a cue from the fact that “Bite your tongue” was the most popular tip, here are more: Warm-up with a towel. Singers often have to get their chops “up” in their hotel rooms [...]

By |2015-10-29T07:55:21+00:00June 19th, 2007|Categories: Pitching and Presenting|Tags: , |27 Comments

Speaking as a Performing Art

My buddy Doug Lawrence has been a professional singer, music director, and speech coach. He is a highly respected concert artist having sung for almost forty years in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, and throughout Europe with conductors like Leonard Bernstein and Michael Tilson-Thomas. In the last forty years, in addition to singing, [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:20:19+00:00June 12th, 2007|Categories: Pitching and Presenting|Tags: |52 Comments

Churchill Club Panel: No Plan, No Capital, No Model…No Problem: Companies that Defied What VCs Will Tell You

I’m moderating a Churchill Club event this Thursday called “No Plan, No Capital, No Model…No Problem: Companies that Defied What VCs Will Tell You.” Here’s a decription of the event: Conventional wisdom says listen to the venture capitalists. They know what works. They know how to successfully build a startup. But Silicon Valley wasn’t built [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:20:23+00:00June 10th, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship|9 Comments

Live Coverage of Steve’s WWDC Keynote

I’m going to the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference to cover Steve’s opening keynote. I’ll post real-time reports beginning at 10:00 am Pacific on Monday morning at Truemors. Yes, this is just another ploy to draw traffic to Truemors. :-) If this isn’t the coolest way to get this message, I don’t know what is: via [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:20:25+00:00June 8th, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Events, Marketing and Sales|20 Comments

The Lesson of Tam’s Art Gallery

A little while ago I was in Hong Kong to make a speech. I visited Stanley Market,—a large bazaar (nothing to do with the Stanley Cup). Mind you, it’s a kiosk compared to the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, but it’s jammed with stores. Most of the stores carry a little bit of everything: tshirts, shoes, [...]

By |2015-03-17T09:37:32+00:00June 7th, 2007|Categories: Marketing and Sales|22 Comments

$4,824.13 for Legal Fees

The most common question about by Truemors post (besides “How could you be so dumb as to think this could be a real business?”), was about what I got for $4,824.13 in legal fees. The fees covered the following: Trademarking Truemors Drafting a Terms of Use Discussion of copyright, liability, infringement, IP, and insurance issues [...]

By |2015-03-17T09:37:33+00:00June 5th, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship|40 Comments

Ten Questions with Jeffrey Kalmikoff, Chief Creative Officer of skinnyCorp/Threadless

Threadless is a very interesting company because of how it has “community-sourced” its product design. If you had told me that a company could succeed by running weekly tshirt design contests and then selling the winning designs, I would have told you that you’re nuts. I met Jeffrey during my tour of the Threadless offices [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:20:28+00:00June 5th, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship|25 Comments

By the Numbers: How I built a Web 2.0, User-Generated Content, Citizen Journalism, Long-Tail, Social Media Site for $12,107.09

Because of Truemors, I’ve learned a lot about launching a company in these “Web 2.0” times. Here’s quick overview “by the numbers.” 0. I wrote 0 business plans for it. The plan is simple: Get a site launched in a few months, see if people like it, and sell ads and sponsorships (or not). 0. [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:20:28+00:00June 3rd, 2007|Categories: Books, Entrepreneurship|Tags: , |232 Comments

The Art of Schmoozing II

Susan RoAne wrote the book on schmoozing. Literally: How to Work a Room: Your Essential Guide to Savvy Socializing. The recently updated and revised book is a classic because we will all have to walk into “rooms” that contain meetings, conferences, trade shows, business mixers, fundraisers, and parties and be able to schmooze, make connections, [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:20:31+00:00June 1st, 2007|Categories: Events, Marketing and Sales|Tags: |45 Comments