Secrets of the Startup Sages March 31, 2008Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Education, Web 2.0.
Tags: Garyvee, Startups, Techcrunch, twitter, Web 2.0
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What better way to learn how to launch a startup than to get advice from those who’ve proven to be successful with their own startups? Here is a collection of excellent wisdom and advice from some of the best startup sages in web history. Also included are links to their blogs and twitter profiles. Both resources are still alive and offer valuable information that only adds to their impressive body of work.
Evan Williams (Blogger, Odeo, Twitter)
Loic Lemeur (seesmic)
Jason Calacanis (Mahalo)
Guy Kawasaki (Truemors, AllTop, Garage)
Michael Arrington (Techcrunch)
Gary Vaynerchuk (Winelibrary.TV)
Final Thoughts on Startups:
This was just a sampling of the vast amount of excellent information available today about startups from the masterminds who’ve been successful with their own startups.
I selected the cream of the crop here and included many video presentations as well. Does following all of this advice ensure successful for your startup? I doubt it.
However, it will only help you avoid many of the mistakes that others have experienced the hard way. Perhaps you can become of these startup sages someday sharing the lessons you’ve learned!
Web 2.0 vs Web 3.0 March 8, 2008Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Semantic Web, Web 2.0.
Tags: Semantic Web, Web 2.0, Web 3.0
Web 2.0 is still alive & kicking but everyone is already focussing on Web 3.0. What is Web 3.0? Well, the old adage is true: a picture is worth a thousand words. With that said, I will let the following images and videos explain the differences between web 2.0 and web 3.0 otherwise known as the Semantic Web.
In the Beginning there was Frontpage
Before comparing Web 2.0 and Web 3.0, it might be helpful to compare Web 1.0 with Web 2.0 first. Here’s an excellent image that does a great job showing the differences:
Here’s a visual comparison of all three: web 1.0, web 2.0 and web 3.0
Here’s a straight forward explanation
Tim O’Reilly’s definition
Tim Berners Lee on Web 3.0/Semantic Web
Digital bazar’s explanation of the Semantic Web
Here’s a video showing the history of web 1.0 to present and beyond to web 4.0!
No matter what the terms or how things are explained, one thing is certain: the future of the Internet and technology is extremely exciting! Things will only continue to evolve into more collaborative and personal ways which is great for everyone on a personal and professional level.
By the way, this isn’t the first time that Web 2.0 was given its last rites! Nicholas Carr called Web 2.0’s time of death on 11/11/06!
Pop Goes the World? March 7, 2008Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Web 2.0.
Tags: bubble, Internet, men without hats, pop goes the world, Web 2.0
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The pundits are still doing their best impression of chicken little and firmly believe that the web 2.0 bubble is going to burst any moment now. Despite this constant falling sky warning there are new startups popping up all over the place. Are we headed for another disaster? Who knows. In the mean time, keep blowing them bubbles!
I’ve covered this topic before in Bubble 2.0 which includes the popular bubble music video. Here’s a new anthem that I am proposing for all you startups living on the bleeding edge:
Virtual Clipboard February 27, 2008Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Freeware, Web 2.0.
Tags: clipboard, controlc, Web 2.0
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ControlC is a unique new service, that’s for sure. In a nutshell, what it wants to be is your virtual clipboard, allowing you to copy and share (instead of paste) via the web.
I like the concept and the way that it saves everything in one place for easy retrieval from anywhere any time you want it again. Best of all it’s free and easy to use.
The only downside to the experience is that it requires a small download and installation of a tiny utility that needs to be running at all times in your system tray.
The good news is that it is indeed so small that it doesn’t appear to impact your computer at all. The downloads page has versions for different operating systems including Linux
and Mac OS and of course windows.
As for security concerns, some will be hesitant when it comes to openly sharing what they dump to their clipboard and rightfully so. Sometimes those items can be login names and passwords or account numbers or credit card numbers, etc. Well, ControlC realized that much and provides encryption automatically for everything you copy which is a great move on their part.
Personally, I love using my JingProject account to take screenshots and immediately sharing it via the web to anyone I want but I might use ControlC more just to see what else it can do in comparison.
Note: The free basic version only allows you to access things you’ve copied in the last 5 days. You will need the premium version to access anything older than that.
Bubble 2.0 January 20, 2008Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Movies, Web 2.0.
Tags: Movies, Web 2.0
All of the web 2.0 pundits and so-called experts are predicting another bubble burst like what took place in 2000 when the dot com phenomenon came to a cataclysmic end. Who is to say for sure what will happen for sure? In order to predict the future it is always wise to examine the past to study and learn possible explanations for a certain conclusion. By learning from the past mistakes of others, one could possibly avoid the same fate, but it doesn’t guarantee success either. Still, it might be fun to take a stroll down memory lane. Shall we?
Startup.com is a documentary that captured the fate of a dot com startup called GovWorks.com. Many entrepreneurs and universities use this film as a training guide for online businesses. The film has won numerous awards thanks to its voyeuristic approach to the subject matter, giving an inside look at the world of dot com startups that was up till that point totally unknown.
Here is the Trailer and a Charlie Rose Interview with Cast and Crew
Kozmo.com is considered the poster-child for the dot com bust. They offered a one-hour delivery service for items such as Starbucks coffee and Blockbuster DVDs. While the concept was simple and appealing, the execution of the business became increasingly perplexing and astonishingly destructive to its long-term success. Somehow, despite a business model that most financial experts criticized, Kozmo managed to raised over $250 million dollars and burned thru it in record time!
e-dreams is a documentary that chronicles the rise and fall of Kozmo.com. Some have criticized the documentary itself for being to sympathetic to the Kozmo executives, painting them as victims of sorts when they were the primary factors for its historic demise. Instead of pointing fingers they just needed to look in the mirror.
WebVan is another perfect case study for demonstrating how to take a sure-fire can’t miss business idea and totally blow it up into millions of pieces in no time at all. For those of you who don’t remember, WebVan delivered the groceries you ordered online right to your house! Here is one of their TV Commercials:
I loved WebVan because we used it on a regular basis in Atlanta, GA. Their website was excellent and easy to use. The food was usually fresh and almost always in stock and available. Heck, even the fish was fresh and tasty! Still, I know something was wrong when I noticed all of the shiny new vans zooming around town and all of the ultra expensive palm pilots (hey, this was way before the iphone, kiddies!) that every driver carried around including portable printers for receipts! When I saw their warehouse on a television special my mouth dropped open and I knew they were doomed. We later learned that WebVan spent over $1 Billion just on their warehouses alone!
Eventually, WebVan managed to offer their services in nine U.S. markets, but had planned to service 26 before they went bankrupted in 2001. The autopsy of their financials would become historic for examples of blatant excess and carelessness. One example being the purchase of 115 Herman Miller Aeron chairs (at over $800 each)!
Here is a mockumentary of WebCan called IceVan:
I’d like the end this piece with the clever Bubble Song that everyone’s seen by now but still worth a glance: