October 30, 2014

Get Small Fast

I always appreciated Brian’s ‘Get Small Fast‘ meme and after meeting with Josh Williams and John Critz of Blinksale (firewheel & iconbuffet) I am still a believer. Josh and John have built a great application and are at the start of something big (while staying small). Check out their blog and if you run a [...]

Jobs on getting Fired

“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods [...]

Putting Dallas on the Map(able)

CKS got the jump on me and blogged about a new Dallas-based startup called Mapable.  Mark Piller and a secretive fellow known only as Slava started this two person business.  Check out their blog.  I have not had a chance to meet Mark, but until I do all I can tell you about Mapable is: [...]

Wiki Startup Raises $4MM Series A

The usual suspects in the Web 2.0 space, Bessemer Venture Partners, Omidyar Network, Marc Andreessen, Dan Gillmor, Reid Hoffman, Joici Ito and Mitch Kapor funded Wikia, Inc. (previously known as Wikicities). Wikia uses an ad supported Freemium business model.  Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley started the company in 2004 to provide community-based wikis inspired by [...]

Fred Wilson’s Favorite Business Model

Our favorite VC blogger, Fred Wilson, described his favorite business model in a post back on March 23rd. Jerid Lukin, from Flatiron portfolio company Alacra, came up with the name: the Freemium Business Model. Fred described the Freemium Business Model like this: Give your service away for free, possibly ad supported but maybe not, acquire [...]

How do you consume podcasts?

Do you listen to podcasts? Do you have your own podcast? If so you might be interested in some stats we have been collecting from our Big in Japan project. You may have seen RSS or XML feeds to a bloggers podcast listed in his sidebar under the RSS or XML feed for his blog. [...]

Call for help to build a startup blog network!

Interested in building a network of startup blogs?  How about one for each state?  Drop me a line if you want to help – 214.550.2003.  Thanks!


Throughout high school and in college I was involved in CX debate and one of our favorite concepts was the ‘snowball effect.’ Umair had a great post this morning titled, ‘The Snowball is the New Blockbuster About a year…‘ The story is not social media (blogs, podcasts, wikis), it is the snowball effect they can [...]

Microsoft supports microformats!

In an interesting move, Bill Gates indicated that microformats are a core part of Microsoft’s strategy. Marc Cantor noted that Tim O’Reilly had clued Bill in on microformats the night before the announcement in this video. I am not as concerned about the timing – just the fact that Bill is talking about them. The [...]

Goodbye and Hello!

It is with sadness that we say goodbye to the classic PHP version of elfURL. I came up with the URL shortener while sitting at SuperNova last year. From idea to launch it took four days. Read about it here. Here is the old skin: Now meet the new Big in Japan version of elfURL. [...]