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Boris Mann
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We sent a press release to Techvibes about the launch of my new project, Full Stack.

Soft launch with a landing page at http://fullstack.ca.

Very stoked to be working on this for 2013, and to have Input Logic / Quote Robot http://quoterobot.com on the team.
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Did you know +dave cormier created the Internet? No, wait, just MOOCs. Content creation is a complicated word. I talk a lot about "Capturing artifacts" - and to me, you can't capture / share an artifact without it having a permalink.

So OF COURSE learning - MOOC-based or otherwise - needs to be about content creation. Today, it's just mostly done as "notes" in paper notebooks.
I’ve been tangled in a number of projects and have left my blog sadly neglected. I have mentioned a few times on the blog that ‘content creation’ or ‘knowledge negotiation’ are integral to the rhizomatic learning process but have not addressed the issue of content creation directly. I have been having such a difficult time writing lately that I don’t expect this to come out very smoothly… i just need to get it written I made a hastily written com...
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There's no 'edu-language' in there... just an idiosyncratic vocabulary.

For me 'creating' involves making new connections... connecting the things that I have in front of me to the things I knew before. It's a reflective process.

"Hmm... it seems that deep frying french fries naked is as dumb as frying bacon naked. Perhaps cooking naked is a practice i should reconsider all together."

Insert example from other discipline.
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Friends +Scott Hadfield and +Samantha Marx officially launch their Etsy-like marketplace for buyers and sellers in South Africa. Congrats, guys - now the hard work begins!
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I love all of +Rachael Ashe 's work -- her new Paper Cut work is large scale, intricate, and a fantastic thing to put on the wall of your home or office. Every piece of art purchased also means that I am allowed to eat more bacon. So ... buy art! :P
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Thanks David. This is very recent work.
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"Within weeks, maybe days, the government of Mariano Rajoy is expected to pass a law granting permanent Spanish residency to anyone who buys that snappy white three-bedroom townhouse on Playa Flamenca, or one like it. It’s a dramatic move, matching those already taken by countries like Ireland, Greece and Latvia where a real estate crash has helped gut the local economy."

Hmm...anyone feel like moving to Spain?
It costs $201,233 and has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen with granite countertops. Not bad. Plus there’s parking, two stone terraces and central air. It’s two blocks from the water – the Mediterranean. Cartagena (founded in 227 BC) is down the road. And it’s only a six-hour drive to fabled Gibraltar. The temp is usually around 20 or better, but it does dip to an average of 12 in January. The sea is aquamarine, the sun shines most of ...
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Yes, obviously more distortion in the RE market is exactly what Spain needs.  What percentage of their GDP was tied up in construction, housing, real-estate prior to the bust again?  (Yes, this isn't the FIRE economy you're looking for... more along.)
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Featuring my favourite hi-def bacon photo.
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Would it be amusing to point to our Branch group as the first post here?
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The concept of continuous delivery across all the things is an important one.

This example is from +Tim Bray talking about Google Play, but in general, "platform" type changes that aren't held back by onerous client updates are very important. It means build/test/learn/build cycles are shorter and innovation can be faster.

The "no version numbers" of Firefox and Chrome should be an obvious example.
There’s a new release of Google Play services, which brings some love to the long-unrevised Maps API, and introduces Photo Sphere APIs. The world hasn’t figured out how big a deal Play services is; one of the highest-impact changes in Android’s history. Historically, big new features in Android required Framework revisions, which require major releases with updates right down into the Linux kernel, which only ship twice a year, and which aren’t r...
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It is unfortunate that the CFF is stuck between great content (like +Ben Yoskovitz ) and being a pay-to-pitch investment forum were few companies get funded. I'd love to see them go all the way and have GREAT content that people are happy to pay and travel for (like GrowConf) AND not charge presenting companies. (It's $1100 for presenting companies, in case you were wondering).

Ben, I'm actually a little disappointed that you're speaking at a pay to pitch event.
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Ben, if you do nothing but re-read old blog posts on stage, it will add huge value. There is only one non pay-to-pitch angel group in Vancouver :(
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 +Dave McClure   thinks Fred Wilson & others are being too hasty in moving towards enterprise sales. I think enterprise is overstating it - there are many great B2B spaces -- both vertical and horizontal -- where you can build great businesses.

Consumer businesses other than ecommerce or games? These are few and far between, and the recent closing down of Glitch (a game trying to push the boundaries) doesn't seem to bode well.

It's not hasty, but non-ad supported business models that are consumer focused are really really hard.

(via +Bud Caddell )
Recent articles by the WSJ, Fred Wilson, & others are noting a shift in investor interest to enterprise and away from consumer. If true, this is a huge error … at least for entrepreneurs, angels, and smaller funds. There is no better time than the present to build cheap & scalable software-based businesses that make money. And while there is lots of new potential for using consumer marketing techniques in the enterprise, let’s not be too hasty in...
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Sorry,Bud -- hard to tell the way your blog feed looks in RSS. Edited!
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Write up of awesome #Vancouver  company Steamclock SW shipping their newest app -- this time for iPad and iPhone. Congrats, +Allen Pike  & team!
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Thanks Boris, it always feels good to ship!
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  • Full Stack
    Managing Partner, 2013 - present
    Angel-stage startup investing.
  • B. Mann Consulting
    Principal, 2001 - present
  • iQmetrix
    Enterprise Business Development, 2010 - 2012
  • Bootup Labs, Inc
    Managing Director, 2008 - 2010
    Co-founder of the first startup seed accelerator in Canada.
  • Bryght
    Cofounder, 2004 - 2008
  • Nortel Networks
    1998 - 2001
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    BSc Computer Science, 1995 - 1999
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