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I have a new start-up service business that just launched but I am unsure how to start gaining traction? The concept is fairly unique and might take a few bold people to actually try it out before it catches on.
In previous businesses I've found going to the basics is the best. Ex. Passing out fliers to businesses or on the street.
Any tips on where to begin?
Hi Daniel, I'm currently writing my senior thesis on the development of startup communities, specifically focusing on the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Charlottesville, VA, home of your alma mater, the University of Virginia. As an entrepreneurial person who has spent time in Charlottesville as well as Silicon Valley, I'm interested in your thoughts on what comprises the essence of a startup community. Where do startup hubs come from? As a UVA alum, I'm particularly interested in your perspective on how the University and Charlottesville could have better supported you as an aspiring entrepreneur during your college days. Attached are several questions to generate some conversation
- How would you characterize the entrepreneurial ecosystem of UVA and Charlottesville? How is it changing?
- What are this community’s strengths, and what are our weaknesses? Characterize the greatest obstacles for Charlottesville to become a vibrant startup hub.
- Describe your vision for startups in Charlottesville. What does the ideal startup community look like locally? What must happen for C'ville to become a sustainable startup hub that consistently produces high quality entrepreneurial ventures?
- Please feel free to add anything else that is on your mind. Are there other individuals who you believe would have thoughts on this subject? I hope to incorporate as many points of view as possible, so suggestions or referrals are greatly appreciated!
Awesome preso from Leslie Bradshaw who recently made the move to gui.de. This meshes well with Daniel's ideas around the iceberg under the Mobile Wave:
My wife and I trekked out to this great spot on the East shore of Lake Tahoe to get some pictures of the sunset.
I'd set everything up and took a test shot -- and guess what? I forgot my memory card.
I missed some epic shots because I forgot to put the memory card in my camera.
Daniel, It's been a while. We met a few times when you were still back in DC running the brokerage. Something you said at one of our meetings has stuck with me, and lately I've been thinking about it quite a bit. That was:"I've always thought the best real estate brokerage would be a media company."I'd love it if you could elaborate on that thought.Will
View the article from AdAge here.
"With the proliferation of tablets, smartphones and corresponding apps and mobile websites, mobile ad unit inventory is varied, complex and constantly growing. For creative shops, this has meant a difficulty in devising campaigns engineered to run on a myriad of devices. Publishers, likewise, have been left with painfully low CPM rates for mobile ads even as consumption on mobile devices has increased.
The Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) are hoping to change that by imposing a new set of industry guidelines. The two groups released the "Mobile Phone Creative Guidelines" on Friday in order to help standardize mobile advertising industry-wide.
This seems to validate Socialize's ad network strategy. http://www.clickz.com/clickz/news/2240315/mma-forum-urban-airship-cmo-throws-support-behind-apple-passbook "Urban Airship recently started to heavily invest in Passbook. The firm bought marketing firm Tello last year. Tello is the creator of a platform called PassTools that allows companies to create a Passbook pass without having to write code.
The company's chief marketing officer believes that Passbook can rejuvenate the coupon marketing strategy. In his presentation he called out coupons as one of the least effective forms of marketing. He based that belief on the manual nature of coupons."
Yeah yeah ... I saw this: http://danielodio.com/socialcam-is-magical And, I can give a LITTLE bit of an advantage to the fact that SocialCam will actually add the source video files to your various other social profiles. But, I think the limitations far outweigh some small advantages.
P.S. - Fun Story. I first installed SocialCam at SxSW 2011 and was using it at the ACLU 80's Party that I met you guys at in Austin that night. At one point, I was recording people getting their hair teased up with hairspray and a young guy taps me on the shoulder and excitedly says, "I MADE THAT! How do you like it?!!" He handed me a bunch of SocialCam stickers and I told him my impressions to that point. Wander if he's still with SocialCam ... I'd send him a link to this post! =)
Via Alexia Tsotsis @ TechCrunch:
In doing research for a post on “The Enterprise Cool Kids” at the tail end of last year, I interviewed Silicon Valley veteran Marc Andreessen about where he thought the enterprise was headed.
While excerpts of that interview made it into the post, the transcript of the entire interview was so good it deserved to be published in its entirety.
As you probably know, I'm on a mission to learn to take insanely great world-class pictures. That requires a camera that's more capable than a typical point & shoot (for lots of reasons, but the biggest being the size of the sensor that actually captures the light).
Well, my buddy Tynan has been on a rant recently about a point & shoot camera that gets close to approximating the abilities of a DSLR, the Sony RX100. In his gear guide, Tynan writes "I could really rave on about this thing forever. For the first time ever, we're talking about a camera that can take "archive quality" shots, and fits in your pocket."
It's not cheap -- it'll set you back about $650, and for the same price you can get the Lumix or a similar Micro 4/3 camera with an interchangeable lens. But if size & portability are the absolute most important things to you, then the RX100 might be a good option.
I haven't tried it myself, but the reviews on Amazon are very positive. If you've tried using it, I'd love to know what you think -- especially as compared to a Micro 4/3 or a DSLR.