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Jesse Greer was my grandfather.  Thanks so much for recording this!
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+Michelle Greer That's wonderful! - how great to have such a talented grandfather, and I hope some of those talents have been passed on to you! It's an honour to play this for one of his descendants!
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Welcome random influx of followers! Please let me know if you are looking for tech news, random stuff about my life or a semi-amusing dog and pony show.
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im just waiting for those halloween costume photos ;)
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An anti-cancer...virus? Scientists experiment with virus that attacks cancer cells but leaves the healthy ones alone. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-14730608
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i was thinking sushi rolls
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Steve Jobs is a pioneer whose vision captivated an entire industry. I can't think of any other company that could get as much hype about a product launch as Apple.

Economists have clearly outlined that cutting costs cannot be the only key to a company or country's success. So how can we learn as an industry and a nation from Steve Jobs's success?

How Can We Clone Steve Jobs?
http://www.michellesblog.net/politics-and-current-events/how-can-we-clone-steve-jobs
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This is what frightens me about tech. If you are one of those old school people who remembers that magin=revenue-cost, you can often get usurped by people caught up in the scene, who generally don't care that much about delivering longterm value to customers.
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+Francisco Dao makes a good point that Silicon Valley is focusing on superficiality and is arrogant while doing so. His post is linked below.

When I was on vacation Francisco and I had a long talk and I've been tweaking who I interview, aiming at people who are trying to build companies aimed at the long-term. It's one of the reasons why I interviewed Victoria Ransom, who is CEO of Wildfire Interactive: Victoria Ransom gives us a tour of Wildfire Interactive

I agree with him on a lot of his points. But there are a few things I wanted to expand on:

+Dmitry Shapiro asked him “Why are so many great developers spending their time trying to create products specifically designed to addict and help us waste our time?”

The reason for that is, well, because much of the new tech world is build around advertising as a business model. That model is pretty simple. First you have to gather a crowd. Then you run advertisements to that crowd.

So, if advertising is your business model you've gotta find ways to addict people. Heck, Google+ is a great example of that. They are doing all sorts of things to make this place more addictive. Just yesterday +Andy Hertzfeld (one of Silicon Valley's best developers) announced a new bar in Google+ that will always stay on screen. Why? To addict us further to Google's services.

It is fairly common for people in the technology community to fancy ourselves intellectuals.

Yup. That does happen here. I've done it myself from time to time. But it generally is just frustration that other people don't buy into our dreams. Heck, go and talk to Doug Engelbart. He developed the mouse. He got kicked out of his own research lab in the 1970s. Why? Because his fellow researchers couldn't "get" his visions of tomorrow. He was right, they were wrong, and he explained why to me: the existing beliefs of the day were aimed at satisfying the existing business of the day. Back then computers were only used by two people: data entry clerks and PhDs (really smart people). He saw a day when everyone would use a computer. Back in 1970s most people just thought that idea was weird. Heck, +Steve Wozniak offered his Apple I to HP and they turned him down, thinking that there wasn't much of a market in personal computers.

So, when we get around and complain about other people, generally that's what we're talking about. Making the future is hard and not everyone gets it right away. Silicon Valley is arrogant because we would like it if you all were like us, damn it!

Consider our heroes. Even a cursory glance at most conference lineups reveals a host of speakers whose actual accomplishments are flimsy at best and whose primary skill seems to be self-promotion.

Um, that's because of the conference model. Recently I was involved in an email thread with a really great entrepreneur and a conference planner. The conversation went something like this "We'd be honored to have you speak at our conference." "Sorry, I'm too busy building my next company."

See, the "heroes" we all should be holding up are too busy to speak at conferences. How many conferences has Steve Jobs been to? Not many.

So, instead, you get someone like me who hasn't done anything close to Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, or Victoria Ransom. Sorry, but that dynamic won't change for most conferences. Yes, I know those folks show up for Francisco's exclusive events, but that's because, well, those exclusive events are filtered and are opportunities for business and friendship with people like them. It's like the Bugatti car club I happened upon yesterday. I bet that club is lots of fun to be part of to, but you gotta have $2 million to join and, well, last I checked my bank account doesn't have that.

Instead of recognizing the entrepreneurs who have quietly risked it all to build something lasting, we get caught up in social media popularity contests and Twitter “influencers.”

Hey!

:-)

But at least I use that kind of posturing to point the light of my camera on entrepreneurs. Look at http://youtube.com/scobleizer -- tons of people just trying to make a better world.

The social media games are just noise. The truth is I'll be judged at the end of the day not by my Klout score but whether I added any value here today.

Another disturbing trend is the drift toward motivational platitudes in the start-up world. Starting a company is hard, risky, painful and usually seems unfair. Starting a company that will leave a lasting mark on the world is reserved for the borderline insane or very lucky — not for those who need to be propped up with pep talks. In short, entrepreneurship is not a short cut. If you need someone to convince you that starting your own business is right for you, then it’s probably not.

This I totally grok. I'm considering starting my own business. +Bill Gross started my year off by asking me a question "why don't you start your own business?" I answered "I don't want to do the hard work." (IE, stuff like raising funding, chasing sponsors, hiring and firing people, and doing the grunge work of accounting and all that). I'm still struggling with that question nine months later.

Don’t consider this an indictment of the tech community but a challenge to think more independently, to question our aspirations and to reexamine our heroes.

Yup, Francisco told me the same thing over dinner on vacation. I answered with +Victoria Ransom

Who are your entrepreneurial heroes?
50Kings founder Francisco Dao issues a challenge to the tech community to stop following a Kim Kardashian-style business model.
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Wil Shipley gave a speech on this subject that was so on point, I almost teared up.
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Why rebuild the wheel? Just use Facebook's infrastructure from the beginning.
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From the Education for Education rural computer literacy project, Rukmini Banerji:

...in the center of the room we could see two laptops. Four young people sat with the computers - two to one computer - with the computer instructor right next to them. She was young - not more than 20 or 22. Her students were also probably the same age. They were learning how to make PowerPoint presentations. I sat quietly behind this group for a long time. The instructor spoke and the students did what she said. It was the best lesson on making PowerPoint presentations that I had ever witnessed. Apart from a quick welcome, neither the students nor the instructor paid any attention to me. They concentrated on the work they were doing. I later learned that the electricity supply in the village is unreliable, so while there is electricity, they don't waste time and they maximize what they can do on the laptops.
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This is interesting, but would this method actually generate enough energy to take us completely off the grid?
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Shit just got real. What will we do when energy is free?
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Whoa.
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Amazing news today.
It is the most famous scientific equation of them all but last night it emerged Einstein's theory of relativity may be wrong.
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Pretty clever.
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Unfortunately I recognize way to many of them.
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Pretty cool. +1 something on a site, & Google+ gives you the option to share it with a specific circle http://ow.ly/6bOR9
Now you can use the +1 button to share great content right away! Learn what webmasters should do to take advantage of these +1 improvements.
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Now to get more people using it...
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Commoditization of hardware is only a competitive advantage for so long...
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Despite the Linkbait headline, this piece about the hollowing out of US manufacturing is the best thing I've read in a long time.

Interestingly enough, I woke up this morning thinking that I ought to write a book on a related subject, a meditation on my mantram: Create More Value Than You Capture: an ecosystem approach to business.

There's a drumbeat of thinking on this subject these days, a realization that much of modern business has lost its way, that it's been focused on creating what Umair Haque calls "thin value" (money extracted from customers without real value creation), and that we're reaching the end of an era.

It's easy to dismiss this stuff as defeatist thinking about the decline of the US. It's important instead to learn from it, and to start the painful process of change.
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