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You're an aspiring entrepreneur. You've been working on your idea for a few months and released your first product which, however gnarly, is proving that you're not crazy and there may be a there there.
Yesterday, we wrote about Larry Page's Search-Plus-Your-World ultimatum and much of the buzz was around the "or work somewhere else" part. But our source emphasized another word he used. "Beautiful."
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.
In case you didn't know, Kim Dotcom, the founder of mega-site Megaupload has been indicted and is awaiting extradition to the United States from New Zealand. Dotcom is accused of money laundering, racketeering, copyright infringement and a host of other crimes. That's all well and good, it's the justice system, and people don't seem to have a problem with him being punished for stealing. The problem people are having with it? That he is being punished so much.
"What are some good books about product management?" is a frequent question for designers and engineers, especially those who are first-time founders. While there are any number of volumes you can peruse about agile development, team building, roadmaps or whatever skill you want to acquire, the art of product design is more elusive. If you're really going for 9th level blackbelt Caine kung-fu, you need to head off the beaten path and find not tips, tricks and tactics, but inspiration and anthropology. Absorb truths about science and people to identify needs based on the human condition, not a market analysis.
There is more snow this year in Davos than any year since 1952. Big, fluffy flakes have been falling continuously since I arrived here Tuesday afternoon. Every conference attendee's bag includes strap-on shoe spikes to keep you from slipping and sliding on the ice. While a good, practical idea in theory, I think the sharpened spikes are unlikely to make it through the airport-like security checks that gate every hotel and venue.
It's hard to imagine that there's anyone who loves Virgin America as much as I do, without actually working for Virgin America.
Like the Millennium Falcon caught in the Imperial fleet's tractor beam, Silicon Valley is getting increasingly drawn into Washington game playing.
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