What I Wish I Knew Before Pitching LinkedIn to VCs
What I Wish I Knew Before Pitching LinkedIn to VCs
I believe some Berkeley MBAs will be coming by ShareThis next week to talk about startup life. I'd like to share a few links with you so you can get some background, and then I'd love to hear from you ahead of time -- what would you like to spend our time talking about? Just comment in the thread below.
Here are a few things you can look at before we meet to give you some ideas of areas I can dive in more deeply:
And here are some other related articles for MBAs: http://www.danielodio.com/?search=mba
Last year, my wife and I decided to get really good at taking insanely great photos. (You can find a gallery of my favorite pics -- like the one above-- right here).
Over the years, we've amassed almost three terabytes of photos & videos. And now that we have a beautiful baby daughter, that number is only going to grow faster.
I've always wrestled with how to have appropriate backups for those pics. I've tried cloud backup services, multiple hard drives + CarbonCopyCloner, exporting to other services like Google+, but nothing quite fit the bill.
Then I realized that SmugMug might have the answer.
Awhile back, I turned Martin's awesome spreadsheet on convertible note valuation cap numbers into a Google doc, and I've since gotten a lot of "edit" access requests for it from entrepreneurs.
It takes just a little bit of work for me to duplicate the spreadsheet as a private one for you so you can edit it (w/o messing up the original). I'm happy to do that work, but in exchange I'd like to ask you to do the following:
1) Please submit your request for edit access as a comment to this post (you can register with an anonymous name if you don't want the world to know you're looking at this stuff).
2) Please share your questions, thoughts & learnings about convertible notes below in the comments, so other entrepreneurs can benefit from the discussion as well.
Here's why this type of thing is important to me: http://go.DanielOdio.com/knowledge-sharing
You are one of the most socially enabled individuals I know so I would love your input. I have recently become fed up with my crappy system for keeping track of and maintaining my personal contacts. Do you use something to Salesforce, Xobni, etc? I would love to have a smart contact list that brings in physical addresses when I just have email and vice versa. It would be great if it could include other social elements, especially Twitter and LinkedIN data and posts from those same contacts. I would love to be able to sort it in multiple ways by adding various tags. Last, and this may just be pie in the sky but, it would be great if I could see visualizations of the data. Specifically geographically, I mean how great would it be if I could put a pin on San Francisco for my upcoming trip and see that Daniel and 50 other of my contacts are there. It would be a great recommendation tool for who to reach out to as I plan my trip.
Any ideas and/or thoughts are welcome...
"This is a BIG fucking deal!" - Joe Biden
Via The Verge:
Search has always been closely tied with Google Now, and it's receiving some much-appreciated attention today. Search results no longer ignore the apps on your phone. Google is now crawling through mobile apps to find their content and bring features directly to the fore, just like the company has done for years on the web. For example, a simple search for a restaurant will offer a link directly to that restaurant page in the OpenTable app if you have it installed, allowing you to set up a reservation. Or a recipe search will bring you to the result directly inside of the AllRecipes app — rather than the mediocre mobile website. Pichai says the new feature will be rolling out by mid-November with a select number of apps, and an API that will allow all developers to enable their apps will be available "in the coming months."
I'm reaching out to introduce AirON. I noticed from your blog that you like and appreciate technology and I would like to provide this link as an introduction to a smart switch called AirON. We're trying to influence the way people use switches using technology (wireless/Apps/sensing). It will be launched on Indiegogo for crowd-funding in less than a week.
I urge you to check out our website myairon.com. Hope you like it and please feel free to grab material from our website in case you decide to write about us :)
Amin Rida, Ph.D
Public Relations, AirON
I just had someone whom I originally met in DC come by our office here in SF. He's out here trying to get a new startup off the ground.
I told him I'd send a few ideas his way to help him figure out how to take advantage of being in SF. Instead of sending him a private email, I figure it'd be great to get it going as a public conversation where other entrepreneurs can contribute as well.
So here's the question: If you were new to SF with a startup idea, what would you do first?
Here's my quick initial list:
Hey Daniel, I hope you are doing well. I have a mobile app I would like to create an would love to get your advice on the best company to help me with development. I'm hesitant to provide details of the app in a public forum. My cell phone number and email are the same if you still have them.
I'm incredibly pleased to bring you this interview with Kevin Archbold, a 25-year veteran in project management and a 13-year consultant and teacher of the specialty. This opens the door to people who have excellent skills to better managing their projects and getting better communication going. This one is dense, but work through it carefully because it's a life-changing skill and Archbold is a master at this topic.
You might also be interested in his GiveGetWin deal, "Real-Time Live-Fire Project Management Training With Kevin Archbold" where you'll bring two sentences describing a project you want to the 5-person class, and leave with a project charter filled out.
Better Project Planning Means Less Project Failure by Kevin Archbold, as told to Sebastian Marshall
My background is project management. Most people have a career in a technical field first and then move into project management, but I went directly into PM after University in England. I found it was a good fit for me and stuck with it ever since.
I've got a CompSci degree, but no one's ever paid me to program anything. I started in the telecommunications industry, and then moved through many other industries: 10 years around Detroit, working on a lot of automotive and time at a nuclear power plant. I've worked on internet startups and biotech in Seattle, spent time with the City Government in Seattle, and have been in Tucson for seven years now -- doing mining-related projects and astronomy related projects… a whole gamut of things. I do not provide technical expertise; I bring fundamental project management.