Community News:

  • Eight free scholarships to the “Startup Lessons Learned” Conference – On April 23 the first Lean Startups conference happens in San Francisco, and the organizers have made available eight scholarships to startup professionals who are interested in attending the show. The scholarships cover the full price of conference registration, valued at $699 for the “early-bird” registration. The confirmed speaker list is a who’s who of the Lean Startup movement, including:
    • Eric Ries, The Lean Startup (@ericries)
    • Kent Beck, Three Rivers Institute (@kentbeck)
    • Steve Blank (@sgblank)
    • Randy Komisar, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
    • Andrew Chen, Futuristic Play (@andrew_chen)
    • David Weekly, PB Works (@dweekly)
    • Hiten Shah, KISSmetrics (@hnshah)

    If you’re interested in applying, send an email to before midnight on Monday, April 12, 2010 describing (in 500 words or less) who you are, how you are using (or intend to use) the lean startup methodology and how the scholarship will help your company. Selected recipients will be notified by Friday, April 16, 2010. More info.

  • Jordan Osher, Meet The Famous, Inc., recently launched this crowdsourcing celebrity photo agency. Get the shot, upload it, they sell it for you and you get paid.
  • Richard Nichols,, has released qikTweet for the iPhone/iPad. qikTweet is for those situations when you want to get your tweet out faster than waiting for your usual Twitter client to start, load your message feed, any new messages and anything else it needs to do.
  • Interesting questions with useful answers:

    News/posts for microISVs and Startups:, The Startup Success Podcast and other plugs:

    • No new Guides at (I’ve been on a programming deathmarch the past month, striving to finish 2.0a):
    • Show #63 [link] [iTunes]. Bob interviews Jason Fried, co-founder and president of 37signals and co-author of Getting Real and now REWORK. Jason is the archetype of a successful web-based software company founder (Basecamp, Highrise, Campfire, Backpack), a strong proponent for a reality-based (versus VC-funded) approach to building a tech company with a point of view, and a strong believer most of the accepted ways of doing business don’t scale down to startups.
      In this interview, we dig into not just Jason and David Heinemeier Hansson’s new book about the business of startups, but why and how they arrived at 37signals’ successful approach to building a software company. Jason generously shares a range of advice and experience about building your startup that is anything but a rehash of all the other advice you’ve heard.
    • Show #62 [link] [iTunes]. Bob and Pat talk with Paul Pluschkell, CEO and cofounder of, an innovative startup that is transforming social media, innovation and idea creation in large enterprises and other companies. What happens when social media reputation building, leaderboards, voting ideas up and down within a company meets companies like AT&T, Walmart and Southwest Airlines? The results may surprise you.
      Paul shares some very useful advice for startups selling to enterprises as well, and offers a perspective from a vantage point few enjoy on how social media is going change the workplace.
    • Show #61 [link] [iTunes]. This week Bob and Pat conclude our interview with Daniel Pink, bestselling author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.
      In this show, we quiz Daniel on why public education systems don’t teach how to select your own motivation, how organizations can build that into their business DNA, get some answers for questions for Dan posted by our listeners, how he personally integrates work and personal time, and more.
    • Show #60: [link] [iTunes]. This week Bob and Pat start an interview with Daniel Pink, bestselling author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.
      If you’ve ever wondered why sometimes when doing creative work you’re highly motivated and other times unmotivated, this is part 1 of a 2 part interview that may profoundly change your life.
      The scientific research and conclusions Dan brings to the modern business world go a long way to explain why some startups founders succeed, others run out of steam, why some companies will succeed and others fail as we continue moving to an world based on creating ideas, not running assembly lines.

    (If you have an announcement of interest to your fellow microISV, indies or startups, please email me at with the word digest in the subject.)

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