August 23, 2012


Tough to focus on a single thing, when there are so many interesting things out there.

In this case, I just want to share some of them with you. But before that, let me tell you why I think this is important: in our busy lives, it’s difficult to find enough time to read our feeds, or in general to get informed about cool things. The time I spent in finding those things is gone… But you can benefit from it, as long as you find those things interesting as well :)

First: Rand Fishkin, CEO and Co-founder of SEOMoz, writes about the principles that guide his company. TAGFEE, or Transparent, Authentic, Generous, Fun, Empathetic, Exceptional. What I really like about his post is that he doesn’t just enumerate those principle and beat his chest about how cool his company is, but instead he provides real world examples, criteria, etc. After reading it, you not only think that those are supposed to be the guiding principles of SEOMoz; you actually believe that those principles are deeply ingrained in the way his employees live every day. I admire that.

Mea culpa: I discovered Brad Feld’s blog only this morning, for the first time ever. If you’re interested in startups, incubators, accelerators, technology, you CAN’T miss this one. Related suggestion: check out the Startup Revolution, Brad is deeply involved in it, and also check out his upcoming book, Startup Communities. (when a book is cool, I always pre-order it, I don’t want to forget about it when time comes). You can also read this review if you’re not convinced.

On a related topic: startup accelerators are cool, I like the concept a lot. Here you can find a ranking of the top 15 in the US (warning: it’s an opinion, and it’s not even my opinion. I don’t mind if you disagree with the rankings). Nice to see Techstars there, I have a few friends that work there and I know they’re doing a good job. I was recently part of the Global Accelerator Meeting held in Venice (Italy) by H-Farm Ventures (a few very good friends there). Actually, let’s call it Venice Venezia, its Italian name. I prefer it. Check out the video of the event below. I love it. (you can find my** super-handsome** bearded face for half a second at 0:51 and later at 1:12). I don’t want to fall into the “too proud to be” trap, but in this case I have to mention the phrase “Italians do it better”. Riccardo, Maurizio, Franco, Tim and the others really did an amazing job, and they deserve praise for that.

Well, it’s enough for now. Stay tuned for more updates. Time for me to focus again on my daily job :)

(update: I wrote “Dan Feld” (a former colleague of mine) instead of Brad Feld. Apologies to both, and to my readers!)