Startup/MicroISV Digest for 1/15/2011


Community News: In the last few years something important has changed. From there being scant support for first-time/bootstrapping startups we’re seeing incubator after startup fund come online. Case in point, The FinTech Innovation Lab is an annual program in New York City supports start-ups developing technology for the financial services industry. Selected participants get workspace […]

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Can’t find an idea for your startup?


A common problem for developers who want to create a startup is deciding what to build. If you have not been struck by the Middle Finger of God and blessed (or cursed) with an itchy obsession to build a particular solution to a specific problem, you can easily fall into the “everything is already done” […]

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I like actionable!


Michael Prendergast just let me know about this free online class tomorrow – nearly busted a finger stabbing away at my keyboard to sign up. Dan Martell of Flowtown will be giving tips on “Social Media Marketing for Startups.” It’s great seeing busy startup founders making the time to give back to the community. I’m attending, […]

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Priceless? No. Good? Yes.


If your startup/microISV needs to pay attention to what’s happening in the eCommerce space, give this a quick read. I wouldn’t call it Priceless Advice, but definitely good ideas from the other 12 people queried.

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Office space options for start-ups


By Rob Clymo Office Genie When you’re starting a business venture then there are a multitude of things to think about. One of the main components of getting a new business infrastructure in place is to decide on where you’re going to work. If you’ve got an idea for your venture that doesn’t really require […]

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Startup/MicroISV Digest for 1/5/2011


Community News: A quick shout out of support for my podcasting co-host, Patrick Foley, Microsoft Evangelist: His article, Use Multiple Visual Studio Project Types for Cloud Success, is in this month’s MSDN Magazine. Way to go, Pat! Also check out this post by Pat with expands and updates the article. Not much being announced by MicroISVs […]

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Attention becomes the gating factor.

Have you noticed this past holiday season about a 3x jump in companies trying to get your attention via your email inbox? I did, and that brings us to another no-brainer but important prediction for startups and microISVs in 2011: attention is going to be the key resource, commodity and place to add value this […]

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“Please be kind to new users”

Google Chrome

Quora, the answerboard alternative to Stack Exchange and it many progeny, seems to have hit the takeoff point this week. With something like 500,000 registered members, I’m seeing a 10-fold increase in follow notifications. Others have remarked on the seeing the same thing. Usually about this time, the “old-timers” moan, grown and whinge about how […]

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Make your point!


Today’s example of A Job Well Done (a new feature I’m starting for 2011 here) is Tawheed (“TK”) Kader’s newest startup, specifically its welcome page. Any doubts in your mind what Tout is about? I thought not. Three things worth pointing out about this page: Yes, “Tout” is huge – that one word is like firing […]

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Making space, time, energy, and attention for 2011


Since you’re reading this along with all the other New Years posts, let me make a small suggestion. Make some room in your life for whatever opportunities, new things, new people might happen by in thisbrand new year. And that means carving out of your life some of the things that have accumulated. You can’t […]

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