The Revenge of Microsoft: Windows 8

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After years of being pegged as the impotent giant, Microsoft turned heads and changed expectations today with its first public showing of Windows 8. Windows 8 isn’t Windows 7 with a ribbon bar and new lip gloss: it’s jawdroppingly impressive. Assuming there’s real code behind this demo, Microsoft just kicked PCs as we know them […]

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The Startup Genome Project is going to shake things up.

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For an industry at the cutting edge of science, the Startup Industry for too long has relied on myth, folklore and tribal tales to explain why some startups become Google and most die. Now, Hermann Björn (of Startup School), Prof. Steve Blank (one of the Lean Startup Amigos) and the rest of the Startup Genome Project have changed […]

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Of eBooks new, somewhat new, and 170 years old.

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Ever notice how interesting things tend to happen in threes? Here’s my three things for the day, starting with that 170-year-old ebook. No, when Ralph Waldo Emerson pulled together his notes for Self-Reliance from meetups where he’d social networked with other thought leaders his time, the only things digital were at the ends of people’s […]

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Why Startups fail to sell.

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[This is a free sample from my ebook, Startup Sites that Sell! – Creating and Marketing your Unique Selling Proposition. You can get the rest of this ebook designed to substantially improve your startup web site for $24.95 USD, or, you can take advantage of tomorrow’s Bits du Jour Sale and grab it for a […]

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A fleeting opportunity…

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Just got 5 seats to a private online interview with Steven Pressfield. Only catch is it is today at noon Pacific. Pressfield is the author of The War of Art, Do the Work and about a dozen best-selling fiction novels. First five emails or Tweets get in. bob.waslh@47hats.com.

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Above and Below

Hopefully you’ve had a more productive day than I have. I knew exactly what I had to do today for my startup, and yet I found all sorts of things to do instead. I’ve come to the opinion most of the time most people know exactly what they should be doing to finish their software, […]

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Been there, done that, and you get the ebook free

The Developer's Code

Every so often, someone very nice who is walking ahead of you on the Startup Path will pass along information that can save you much pain. Ka Wai Cheung, of Chicago-based web development shop We Are Mammoth is one such guy, and his new free ebook can save you from making more mistakes than you […]

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Are you one of the few, the proud, the event organizers?

My good friend Corey Maass is just about ready to release Cue, an awesome app for people who organize events. Whether its a full blown conference, a meetup or just your seven-year-old’s birthday party, Cue gives you a control dashboard of what everyone needs to do by when and how they prefer to be communicated […]

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They’re starting to notice…

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Among the dozen or so “flack shots” e-mails that I get in a day, one caught my eye about 10 minutes ago. DALLAS (May 12, 2011) – Tuesday’s “Dan Rather Reports” presents a revealing behind-the-scenes look at Hashable – one of the many new social-media startup companies trying to prove they have what it takes […]

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Inbox Zero is dead for me

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For as many years as I’ve had e-mail, I’ve tried to keep my inbox empty. First it was because I liked neatness, then because David Allen’s GTD mandated it, and then because Merlin Mann came up with some excellent techniques for keeping your inbox empty. The problem is, the problem has gone from out-of-control to […]

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