CategoryStartups

Tagging… For Organization or Findability?

I’m a huge fan of tagging as a means to organize data. It’s powerful and flexible– and it oftentimes has some pretty exciting social ramifications. If you aren’t familiar with tagging (and you want to be), you could get up to speed fairly quickly by checking on the wikipedia entry on Folksonomy. If you’re more interested in insight rather than information, you should...

Forgive your Customers and They’ll Forgive You (a lesson learned at SXSW)

The first day of SXSW was largely dedicated to picking of your badge (and getting a picture taken for it) and picking up your bag o’ schwag. The act of getting the badge involved standing in a HUGE line, riding up two escalators, standing in another line, getting my picture taken, and then waiting in a mob to hear someone call out my name. Then I had to go to another line to get my...

Shortage of Software Developers

Jobster is hiring! We’re having a devil of a time finding solid software developers (though we do have a new one starting Monday). In my recent participation and attendance at Seattle Tech Startups meetings, our problem is not unique. I would say fully a third of the self-introductions I hear are along the lines of “Hi, my name is John Smith from backrubr.com [note: I just made that...

The Power of Thanks

(Would it be cynical to have titled this post “Links are Currency… You should always say thanks when someone hands you a 5 dollar bill”?) I’ve been struck by the power of saying “thank you” twice in the last 24 hours. The first was when I was reading my fearless leader’s blog. He was writing about a recent post by Guy Kawasaki who was, in turn, talking...

Building Software Isn’t the Hard Part

Okay, it might be a bit of a stretch to say that building good software isn’t hard. It’s really hard. But chances are, if you’re creating (or pondering creating) a software startup, it’s because you think you’re good at building software. Maybe you’re a great UI guy. Maybe you’re a killer coder. But either way, you’ve looked at what’s out...

Honest Content

In the web 2.0 world, user-generated content is king. Blogs, Forums, YouTube, Flickr– all have armies of users who are giving away content (some of which is actually compelling). Regardless of the poor signal-to-noise ratio in user-generated content, it’s certainly turning marketing on its ear. It’s no longer what you (or your high-priced advertising firm) say about your product or company– it’s...