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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.
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
Email: [email protected]
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.
If you perform at an average rate, you'll probably have an average life. Yes, there are exceptions, but counting on an exception is a weak plan. If you want an above-average life, you're going to have to perform above at an above average rate.
You don't need to be above average in every single respect. That would be nice, but strong gains are usually made through focus. Someone who is average in every way except for one key skill will probably have a better than average life.
The old way of accruing advantage was accumulating general knowledge. Universities were created because access to experts (teachers) and information (books) were scarce. Getting into a college and having access to those resources (and the ability to absorb some of them) was a valuable thing.
Now we have the internet, so general knowledge isn't very valuable. That's not to say it's worthless, just that the average amount of general knowledge people are working with is so high that's it's hard to really stand out there, and that if you're missing a piece of knowledge, you can quickly and cheaply fill that gap. I know nothing about botany, but I bet that in one day I could learn more than 85% of the general population. In the past that wasn't the case.
The best thing about blogging is that it creates opportunities. Opportunities that may seem serendipitous at first but were really part of a conscious effort to blog. For me in particular, I've seen blogging lead to some of the greatest events in my life, for instance, I've been invited to speaking events, investor term sheets, and have even been acquired all due in part because of blogging. It's probably the single most thing that I don't do on a regular basis but wish I did. I'm going to try to spend just 20 minutes a day blogging. Let see how it goes.