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Someone in Côte d’Ivoire left me a message via SnapEngage in the early hours of this morning here in California. “i LIve COTE D’ivoire. How i can do to be help to develop my start up?” Here’s my reply: I think you asked how you can get help developing your startup? 1. Make sure you have an idea that can be of value to some other group of people. 2. Share that idea with others, enlist…

The Business of Software Conference starting today in Boston is live streaming, beginning at 9am Eastern. If you want to hear and watch some of the sharpest minds in the software business, get yourself registered on this page and start partaking. Watch videos of previous talks. Here’s the speaker schedule, with my personal favorites/recommendations in bold (All times are Eastern): Monday, October 24th 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Clayton Christensen – How to Create New Growth…

Will your startup succeed? Will it make you money, get you into TechCrunch, be a home run? No one can tell you for sure. But some people can give you a damn good guess backed up by a track record of building successful startups. One such person is Jason Cohen, of A Smart Bear fame, and he is ready, willing and able to share his considered opinion with you this Thursday, September 1st, online at 3:00pm…

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, how about you?

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 the sudden onslaught of the masses is ruining “their” service. I can remember “there goes the online neighborhood” laments all…

Ash Maurya has a great post out this week, Achieving Flow in a Lean Startup, that I would take a break and read right now if I were you. Now keep in mind I that I “drank the Koolaide” of lean startups at the beginning of this week as I started digging into this topic for an upcoming StartupToDo.com Guide and the interview I did yesterday with Eric Ries, one of the primary forces in…

Back  in this post I lamented a lack of greeting cards for those special moments in the life of startups and microISVs. Like condolences on your crashed hard drive, happy server uptime for six months and the ever popular best wishes for your startup launch. Now the good people at opscotch – a hosted help desk software company – have taken the idea for fun and run with it at techecards.com – “E-cards for people…

Want to hear a really, really cool idea? Do five one-day conferences in five different cities where Stack Overflow members can nourish their programmer cores for $99. That’s what Joel Spolsky just announced, and if I were you, I’d sign up pronto since this is going to sell out fast. Here’s the cities: October 19 San Francisco October 21 Seattle October 23 Toronto October 26 Washington, DC October 28 London What’s the topics? Not nailed…

Doing anything special Wednesday, April 29, at Noon Eastern (5pm UK time)? If you already sell a software app, why not avail yourself of some great free advice by attending a free webinar Sharon Housley of NotePage, Inc. and Dave Collins of SharewarePromotions will be doing? Sharon and Dave have for years conducted web critiquing sessions at various software conferences. They’re good at helping you see what your customers see, and provide really great specific…