startups

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…

A better mentor manifesto?

[discuss on Hacker News] I’m a fan of Techstars, even though nobody’s perfect (no, not even YC). David Cohen, one of Techstars’ founders, has interacted with hundreds and hunders of startups, and their mentors. In his latest post, he writes his version of a “Mentor manifesto”, to answer the simple question of: What does it mean to be a great mentor? I have a slightly different view, but I think it’s wise to build on top of what David has already written. Therefore, I will list his points, comment or elaborate on each point, and add my own. But first,…

Interesting notes on Paul Graham’s book

There are many, but this one caught my attention: 11. What bothers me is not that the kids are kept in prisons, but that (a) they aren’t told about it, and (b) the prisons are run mostly by the inmates. Kids are sent off to spend 6 years memorizing meaningless facts in a world ruled by a caste of giants who run after an oblong brown ball, as if this were the most natural thing in the world. And if they balk at this surreal cocktail, they’re called misfits.

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 🙂 First: Rand Fishkin, CEO and Co-founder of SEOMoz,…