I'm looking forward to these tomorrow!
About a month ago we introduced Typepad Motion and opened up the Typepad API. Motion is the first client for our cloud service and we're pretty jazzed about it. So much so that we want to do more than just send you to the documentation — we want to show you the service in person.
On Friday, we invite everyone and anyone to join us in the Six Apart New York offices to learn more about how these new technologies work. We'll be installing Motion and answering your questions about the platform. We'll also have a video conference set up with members of the team who developed Motion and the API.
If you've been curious about Motion, this will be a direct, informal way to voice your questions and reactions. It should also be a lot of fun (in addition to being informative). :) We hope to see you there!
When: Friday, October 30th from 3-5pm
Where: Six Apart NYC (38 W. 21st St., 7th Floor)
What: Lots of developers, snacks and pizza
Does the 30th not work for you? We'll also be giving a more formal presentation on Motion at the next Django-NYC Meetup on November 10th. Please visit the Meetup site for more info and to RSVP.
If you are in New York, stop by our offices tomorrow!
5. Persistence Is the Key
A lot of founders were surprised how important persistence was in startups. It was both a negative and a positive surprise: they were surprised both by the degree of persistence requiredEveryone said how determined and resilient you must be, but going through it made me realize that the determination required was still understated.and also by the degree to which persistence alone was able to dissolve obstacles:If you are persistent, even problems that seem out of your control (i.e. immigration) seem to work themselves out.Several founders mentioned specifically how much more important persistence was than intelligence.I've been surprised again and again by just how much more important persistence is than raw intelligence.This applies not just to intelligence but to ability in general, and that's why so many people said character was more important in choosing cofounders.
This is an excellent post and worth reading in full (this is just the 5th of 19 points). Really, really good. Don't start a company without reading this!
In fact, Messrs. Levitt and Dubner show every sign of being careful researchers, going so far as to send chapter drafts to their interviewees for comment prior to publication. Nor are they global warming "deniers," insofar as they acknowledge that temperatures have risen by 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit over the past century.
Associated PressBut when it comes to the religion of global warming—the First Commandment of which is Thou Shalt Not Call It A Religion—Messrs. Levitt and Dubner are grievous sinners. They point out that belching, flatulent cows are adding more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere than all SUVs combined. They note that sea levels will probably not rise much more than 18 inches by 2100, "less than the twice-daily tidal variation in most coastal locations." They observe that "not only is carbon plainly not poisonous, but changes in carbon-dioxide levels don't necessarily mirror human activity." They quote Mr. Myhrvold as saying that Mr. Gore's doomsday scenarios "don't have any basis in physical reality in any reasonable time frame."
More subversively, they suggest that climatologists, like everyone else, respond to incentives in a way that shapes their conclusions. "The economic reality of research funding, rather than a disinterested and uncoordinated scientific consensus, leads the [climate] models to approximately match one another." In other words, the herd-of-independent-minds phenomenon happens to scientists too and isn't the sole province of painters, politicians and news anchors.
But perhaps their biggest sin, which is also the central point of the chapter, is pointing out that seemingly insurmountable problems often have cheap and simple solutions. Hence world hunger was largely conquered not by a massive effort at population control, but by the development of new and sturdier strains of wheat and rice. Hence infection and mortality rates in hospitals declined dramatically as doctors began to appreciate the need to wash their hands.
Hence, too, it may well be that global warming is best tackled with a variety of cheap fixes, if not by pumping SO2 into the stratosphere then perhaps by seeding more clouds over the ocean. Alternatively, as "SuperFreakonomics" suggests, we might be better off doing nothing until the state of technology can catch up to the scope of the problem.
Just reading SuperFreakonomics now. So far, it's better than the first one. The simple message: incentives matter. Haven't read the global warming section yet, but it's interesting to see the blowback they've already received.
"It's the most significant expansion of the FTC since its inception, so it's a pretty big deal," said Timothy Muris, who served as chairman of the agency from 2001 to 2004.
Jim Miller, an agency chairman from 1981 to 1985, said the legislation "is like putting the FTC on steroids."
The agency, which wants to regulate bloggers, would get the power to collect civil penalties among other things.
I was stunned last week when I saw many prominent tech VCs and CEOs from Silicon Valley sign letters endorsing the FCC’s move towards Net Neutrality, since, if the rule making goes ahead, it will mean regulating the Internet. I happen to know a bunch of these folks, so I decided to call them to see if they really were endorsing regulations for the Net or if something else was going on. Something else was going on. Because the term “Net neutrality” is notoriously difficult to define, and is often put in terms of “free and open,” some people signed the letters without realizing it could lead to new regulations for the Information superhighway (these are busy people who spend more time running their companies than following the ins and outs of the FCC). That said, unsurprisingly, there was a lot of suspicion regarding the phone and cable companies. After many conversations, here is a potential solution that could put an end to Net neutrality games and ensure a bright future for the Net.
The Chronicle said Monday that reshaping the newspaper's business model is paying off financially even though, as anticipated, it has resulted in a sharp decline in circulation.
For the six months that ended in September, The Chronicle's daily circulation dropped 25.8 percent to 251,782, compared with the same period in 2008, the steepest decline among major U.S. metropolitan papers.
Data released Monday by the Audit Bureau of Circulations, which tracks newspaper readership, showed significant circulation declines at papers throughout the country, with the average paper losing more than 10 percent.
Frank Vega, publisher of The Chronicle, said the newspaper's loss in circulation was an expected result of moving away from a business model that depends mainly on advertising and instead relies on readers for a greater share of revenue.
The Chronicle's weekly subscription rate has jumped from $4.75 18 months ago to $7.75 now. At the same time, the paper has offered fewer subscription discounts and stopped home delivery in places where it no longer makes economic sense.
The moves come as businesses and consumers start buying technology again, after cutting back on such purchases for most of the year. But with spending growth still forecasted to be well below historic levels, tech companies can no longer count on a rising tide to lift all boats. So they're buying billboards, touting new products and introducing new logos in hopes of getting a bigger piece of the pie.
Microsoft Corp. is in the midst of a $300 million dollar ad blitz as it releases its Windows 7 operating system. Yahoo Inc. is spending more than $100 million to of television, outdoor, online and radio ads lure consumers and marketers back.
"Everyone is trying to be the first mover," said Dean Crutchfield, an executive at New York-based branding agency Method Inc., which has previously worked with Yahoo, Microsoft and Cisco. "This is a market now where you stand out or die."
Marketing budgets in the tech industry have tended to grow slower than revenue, and are the first spending that gets cut in tough times, according to research company IDC. This year global revenue for tech companies is on track to fall 2.5%, but marketing budgets are being slashed 8.3%, said IDC.
As the companies now ramp up their spending, IDC expects marketing budgets will climb 3.5% in 2010, while revenue will rise 3%. "Things have been quiet for a while so it makes sense for [big tech companies] to spend," said IDC analyst Richard Vancil.