How to improve Hacker News

Take a look at this thread: The user “tokenadult” is a great commenter. I have no way to see his Karma from here. My proposal is very simple. Today, this is what I see when someone comments: Tomorrow, it should be like this: Thoughts? Discuss on Hacker News.

On money

Seth Godin has a great post on money. Just go there and read it. He also mentions the need to learn a few concepts, and here’s the short, simple explanation for them: Opportunity cost: the value of the best alternative forgone, in a situation in which a choice needs to be made between several mutually exclusive alternatives given limited resources. Assuming the best choice is made, it is the “cost” incurred by not enjoying the benefit that would be had by taking the second best choice available. Opportunity cost is what you must forgo in order to get something. Investment: putting…

Learn how to fundraise your startup by doing it for a charity

I work for a big company, but in the past I’ve been an entrepreneur several times. Now I mentor for a few startups, and most of the time they’re struggling with one thing: FUNDRAISING. Even the brightest and smartest people are not at ease when they need to find the money for their startup. It takes guts, and you can do it only if you strongly believe in what you’re trying to build. My suggestion for you is to learn how to do it, by doing it for a charity first. The reason why? I am raising money for a…

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.

500 times on stage

A few weeks ago I passed an important mark: five hundred times on stage as a Technology Evangelist for Amazon Web Services. When I started in 2008 (thanks to a virtual church and a lot of work), I couldn’t have imagined that I would have covered conferences across all continents (except for Antartica, but I’m working on it!) for a total of FIVE HUNDRED times. Wow! I hardly believe it. In this post, I’d like to share some thoughts, learnings, considerations and the like. I hope you’ll enjoy it. Let’s start! 1) Did you watch the movie “Up in the…

Buying versus renting a car

We almost bought one. But then we thought: does it really make sense to OWN a car these days? What about Zipcar and the like? Of course the guys at Zipcar have some great arguments to consider renting in lieu of owning. Even Jeffrey agrees. What do you think? If we decide to NOT own a car, and therefore rent: which would be the best option? 1) Zipcar by the hour/day 2) A normal rental company, by the day/week 3) Wheelz / RelayRides ? 4) Else? Thanks for any suggestion! (p.s. we live in the Mission, San Francisco) Update: 5)…

Mona Lisa is worth a Billion dollars

Feel free to discuss on Hacker News. Leonardo da Vinci is one of my passions. Yes: a man, who lived half a millenium ago, can be a PASSION for someone. I visited a show about Leonardo at The Venetian in Las Vegas. It was disappointing… Sorry for my American friends, but when it comes to Leonardo, the recent show that was opened in Milan can’t be matched by anybody else. Leonardo’s most famous painting is undoubtedly the Mona Lisa (or Monna Lisa, or Gioconda, in Italian language). See below. Don’t you like it? Well, this painting is worth a Billion…

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…

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