Ten Questions with Chris Brogan

Chris Brogan is a social media expert specializing in building communities using digital tools. He is co-founder of PodCamp, a free unconference exploring the use of social media like podcasting and videoblogging to build relationships. He produces the Video on the Net conference for Pulvermedia and blogs at Chrisbrogan.com Question: What problem does Twitter solve? [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:18:34+00:00September 27th, 2007|Categories: Cool Stuff, Events|26 Comments

Halo 3 Silicon Valley Launch Party Photos

Halo 3 shipped on Monday at midnight, and there were launch parties at Microsoft campuses around the country. These are pictures from the Mountain View, California location. This is the registration line. Yes, that’s Robert Scoble standing in line like any schmo. Scobleizer with his five cameras. He thinks his Canon 5D is better than [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:18:36+00:00September 25th, 2007|Categories: Cool Stuff|24 Comments

The Top Ten (Sixteen) Lies of Lawyers

Like CEOs, marketers, engineers, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists, lawyers tell their own specialized tales. Most of my experience is with lawyers who do work for tech entrepreneurs, so this is my focus. “I’m really excited about what you are doing and will give your company my personal attention.” Once someone gets to the partner level, [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:18:38+00:00September 24th, 2007|Categories: Venture Capital|Tags: , |36 Comments

Reality Check: Popurls

Popurls is a site that aggregates feeds from the likes of Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Flickr, Stumbleupon, Slashdot, Google News, ifilm, BoingBoing, Fark, etc (see very partial list in picture). This enables you to see, on one page, what much of the Internet is buzzing about—think of it as an Internet “dashboard.” There is a fair [...]

By |2015-03-18T07:49:35+00:00September 17th, 2007|Categories: Books, Cool Stuff|Tags: |27 Comments

Social Entrepreneurship: Ten Questions with David Bornstein

David Bornstein is the author of How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas. He recently updated this book, and it’s now available for the first time in paperback. No less than Nelson Mandela said the book is “wonderfully hopeful and enlightening.” David is also the author of The Price [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:18:45+00:00September 17th, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship|Tags: , |22 Comments

Disrupt-Then-Reframe Selling: How to Close a VC?

Have you heard of the concept called “disrupt-then-reframe”? The theory is that you introduce a non-sequitur or unexpected element into your pitch and then immediately inject a call-to-action. The disruption theoretically neutralizes critical thinking and makes a person more susceptible to agree. This concept is the result of a study by Barbara Davis and Prof. [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:18:47+00:00September 13th, 2007|Categories: Marketing and Sales, Venture Capital|Tags: |19 Comments

TechShop: Geek Heaven

One of the challenges that geeks, inventors, hobbyists, hackers, burners, and artists who are trying to change the world face is finding a place to do their work. Ideally, it would have lots of equipment, supplies, and other geeks. Until the last year, they would have to set up their own workshop or beg for [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:18:49+00:00September 10th, 2007|Categories: Cool Stuff|57 Comments

Jeffrey Pfeffer Stanford Talk

I blew it. Two weeks ago I was supposed to offer discount tickets to Jeffrey Pfeffer’s Stanford talk called “What Were They Thinking?: Unconventional Wisdom About Management.” It’s on Wednesday, Sept. 12th. Here’s the link to the discount. Sorry that this is so last minute.

By |2016-10-24T14:18:51+00:00September 9th, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship|1 Comment

MarsEdit 2.0 Ships

Many people ask me what tools I use to write this blog. The primary one is MarsEdit by Red Sweater Software, and version 2.0 of it recently shipped. I've found, after MUCH looking, that MarsEdit is at the top of the heap of blog editors, so please check it out.

By |2016-10-24T14:18:53+00:00September 6th, 2007|Categories: Cool Stuff|17 Comments

Reality Check: Coghead Business Essentials

Coghead enables businesses to create, customize and/or use real, multi-user business apps in an easy, cost-effective way. Since Coghead is 100% web-based, employees, customers and business partners can use the apps from anywhere there’s an Internet connection. To help people get started, Coghead has just announced “Business Essentials”—a suite of simple, pre-built applications that every [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:18:55+00:00September 6th, 2007|Categories: Books, Uncategorized|Tags: |14 Comments

Are You an Egomaniac? Ten Questions with Steven Smith

Steven Smith has spent the past ten years exploring how great leaders use ego differently than everyone else—how they work, think, collaborate, and who they are. The result of his work is a book he co-authored with David Marcum called egonomics: What Makes Ego Our Greatest Asset (or Most Expensive Liability). His work has been [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:18:58+00:00September 5th, 2007|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |19 Comments