innovation

On Evangelism

Warning: this will be a long blog post. Very frequently I am asked, by different organizations and individuals, what would be the best strategy to reach out to developers, build a community, and create a positive “buzz” related to a specific technology. Or, how to do Evangelism. I have decided to spend a long and lazy evening to share my thoughts on the subject, and the result is this blog post. I hope that many people will find this helpful, and of course comments and suggestions are more than welcome. To be clear, this is more about how a Company…

The rise of vertical accelerators

When in May I was talking with Aziz about this, I wasn’t sure that this was going to happen, although I thought it would make sense in the long run. Now it seems that my little prediction is becoming reality: Nike just announced an Accelerator, in partnership with Techstars. (disclaimer: I’m a mentor at Techstars Cloud in San Antonio, TX). I think this comes from the following: 1) There is a huge need for Enterprise companies to innovate. 2) Innovation has never been easy in Big companies. 3) Accelerators are a way to speed up innovation (when done right). As…

Let me give you 30 minutes for free

I spent about 35 minutes collecting the following links, thoughts, etc. You can spend about 5 minutes to read them, and eventually much more to dig the details… But you would have saved 30 minutes… Given that you trust my filtering skills šŸ™‚ Please remember that: opinions here are personal, and that linking to resources doesn’t necessary mean that I agree with the content. Thanks! 1) Funambol, a company started by my Italian friend Fabrizio Capobianco, closed 5.75 Million $ round in funding. Read about them, it’s an interesting story. 2) The most seen online video in history: Kony 2012….

Steve Blank

This is another un-missable video interview. The guest is Steve Blank, one of the most well known entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley. Watch and enjoy. a

Chris Sacca

It’s one of these rare moments when you have three letters floating inside your head. W. And then O. And then another W. WOW. I’ve just watched Chris Sacca interviewed by Jason Calacanis. It’s about 72 minutes long, and it’s only the first part. WOW (again). I am embedding it here, find 72 minutes of time and watch it, ASAP. Do you know what the worst part is? That I’ve NEVER HEARD of Chris Sacca before. Despite having been part of this “crazy” world of technology for quite a long time now, yet… Gems like this slip unnoticed. Special thanks…

Don’t build a fast company, build a slow one

It’s Friday, there’s still a lot to do, but I need a quick break, and I decided to read some of my feeds and take a casual look at my twitter stream. This is how I found this interview with Jason Fried, CEO of 37signals. There are many interesting points in the interview, but in short they can be summarized as: 1) love your company and your employees 2) do what’s best for them 3) don’t overburn; plan for the long term This is one of the parts that I loved the most: Iā€™m a fan of growing slowly, carefully,…

14 “STIC” bloggers worth following

Fred Wilson works at Union Square Ventures. A few days ago he wrote a blog post titled “blogs we read“. Quoting from him (bold is mine): “Blog discovery is still too hard. There are so many great blogs out there and it is still too hard to find them.” I agree! Therefore, I decided to write my own list of blogs to follow. But first… Why these blogs should be important to you? Well, this time I want to list blogs that are important mostly from a work perspective. If you are into Startups, Technology, Innovation, Cloud (STIC) then these…

Car ownership

In the last posts, I focused solely on work-related stuff. I will keep doing this in the future, however one occasional, off-topic post doesn’t hurt. In fact, it’s cross-pollination, and diverse topics, that stimulate creativity and interest. (p.s. remember that there is a monthly newsletter, if you like love what I write) Today I’m writing about “car ownership”, as a consequence of something that I’ve read a few minutes ago. Look at this figure below. The article concludes with “A new paper from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace argues that the number of cars per capita is a better…

Focus

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 šŸ™‚ First: Rand Fishkin, CEO and Co-founder of SEOMoz,…

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