Friday, November 10, 2006

Quote of the Day: I Can

There are so many people out there who will tell you that you can't. What you've got to do is turn around and say, "I can. Watch me.'

--Layne Beachley, Australian champion surfer

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Quote of the Day: Entrepreneurship is like Heroin

For better or worse, entrepreneurship is like heroin. It's risky, it's dangerous, and you may end up in the street, but it's almost impossible to kick the habit.

--Chris Yeh (yeah, I'll quote myself if I want).

For the context of this quote, see Ben's post on the tradeoff between stability and stimulation.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

In Other News, Sky Blue, Ocean Wet

I thought I'd weigh in on what is clearly the most important news of the day:

Britney Spears Divorcing.

But does this critical event benefit the Democrats or Republicans? Over to you, Tim Russert.

Of course, the real losers in all of this are stand up comedians and late night talk show hosts everywhere! So long Federline, we hardly knew ye.

Oldies but Goodies, and Blogger Help

Dear readers,

I recently had cause to look back at some of my old articles on marketing and entrepreneurship, and after waxing nostalgic, decided that I should start reposting some of my old favorites (2001/2002 vintage) now that I have a wider audience.

My old articles on ClickZ: http://www.clickz.com/showPage.html?page=3622558
My old articles on SitePoint: http://www.sitepoint.com/articlelist/120

The question is, how can I do this easily? I want to be able to cut and paste from either an HTML page or Word document into Blogger, and I'm not sure how to do so and preserve the formatting.

I think I might be able to do this using the Blogger for Word, but it sounds like a pain. Someone, please help!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Special Gift for AiC Readers: Free Pass to Cyber|West 2006

Dear faithful readers,

It's time for the second annual HBS Tech CyberWest conference, and once again, my role as chairman of HBS Tech allows me to share the wealth (or at least the free conference passes) with my friends.

https://hbstech.ssl.simplenet.com/events/reg.php?code=E016cmp

This year's event will feature tons of networking time, plus discussions on the future of digital music and Web 2.0 (that's my panel, with Mike Arrington, Jeff Clavier, and other Web 2.0 bigshots).

The event will once again be at SAP Labs in Palo Alto, starting at 8:30 AM on Saturday November 11, and lasting until 1 PM. I look forward to seeing you there!

https://hbstech.ssl.simplenet.com/events/reg.php?code=E016cmp

You may pass along this link to your friends on one condition--they must become either an AiC or a MyWay subscriber.

Election Special: The Fake Steve Jobs

I love Fake Steve Jobs. He's the funniest valley blogger out there (it helps that he's not bound by reality), and he really seems like he could be Steve Jobs.

Fake Steve had a great election post--I'll simply share with you my favorite line:

Can you imagine if companies were run like our government? If they were just cults of personality? Can you imagine a world where someone with no experience in finance, business or engineering could become CEO of a huge publicly traded corporation just because they're charismatic, look good on stage and know how to stab people in the back. It makes me shiver when I think about it.

Indeed.

On a more serious note, I don't believe in the autocratic style many companies adopt--it is important that all members of an organization feel engaged. But perhaps a market-based system would be superior to a vote-based system.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Custom Search Engines: Stealth Local Search

My "My Way" colleage, Tom Evslin, has an enthusiastic post about the possibilities of Custom Search Engines (CSEs). Google's CSEs let you specify which Web sites are a part of your search universe.

At first, I thought Tom was getting a little carried away with his enthusiasm, but upon further reflection, I think he's right on.

You see, CSEs are the perfect answer to the local search problem. By setting up a CSE for a specific community, and allowing community members to add sites to the list of searchable sites, you can quickly build an extremely robust local search engine.

I can easily see every city council in America setting up a CSE.

Or for the more entrepreneurial, how about a network of CSEs for different cities? Sure, there's not that much sustainable advantage, but there should be some degree of lock-in, and the call option value far exceeds the out-of-pocket cost ($0).

George Zachary is on the ball

Earlier, I wrote about the CRV QuickStart program, and suggested that if CRV wanted to take it beyond marketing, they would adopt my "frictionless" VC concept and promise a decision with one week.

Much to my surprise and delight, CRV GP George Zachary posted this as a comment:

Actually, that's exactly what we are doing. We are making a decision after 2 meetings and 1 week. Not kidding! Thanks for mentioning and thinking of us at Charles River Ventures.

George Zachary
www.crv.com (CRV site)
senseandcents.blogspot.com (my blog)

I haven't worked with George in the past, but any VC who is this on top of the blogosphere is worth keeping an eye on.

Quote of the Day: Intelligence and Genius

“A really smart person will come up with what you would come up with, only faster. A genius will come up with something that you would never come up with, no matter how long you worked on it.”

--Kevin Murphy, Economist, University of Chicago (and a certified genius with a MacArthur grant)

Being really smart lets you effortlessly excel; being a genius lets you change the world.