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What do you really *love* on the Internet? June 29, 2012

Posted by Brian Link in agile, Internet culture, startups.
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There’s a few things that I have come across on the interwebs recently that have inspired this blog post. And I post pretty rarely, so this feels like a momentous occasion.

First, I clicked through the fun little app called “Fish – a tap essay”. It’s a great summary in poetic dramatic fashion of how we are overwhelmed by liking and sharing online and asks the question “what does it mean to love something on the Internet” when most sharing is fleeting and forgotten (reminds me of the business case for Toobla, a previous startup I worked with, which everyone has surely forgotten.) In short, the stuff you love is the stuff you come back to over and over again. Or share with multiple people over time. The apps on your phone you use everyday, those great reference sites or blog posts or articles that you repeatedly refer people to. These are the things that shine above the everyday “like”.

That little “Fish” app encourages us to think about what really matters when you share online and I like that. So I think I’ll publish a few of these things that I think matter.

Here’s a few of the things I’m most often referring people to are on entrepreneurship and building Internet startups. Here’s some resources I hope you find useful.

* Early Stage Startup Advice and Funding:

This blog post I wrote last week covers a lot, and I’ll keep adding to it over time just for fun

* Books for Entrepreneurs:

Here’s a few different sources of good books on Quora.

And an excellent condensed list here for startup entrepreneurs.

* Must Read Startup Resources Online:


* Lean Startup:

http://leancanvas.com/ – this one piece of paper is more powerful than any 20 page business plan

* “Brave New World of Digital Intimacy” – First time I saw the phrase ambient awareness:


* My Favorite Awesome Apps:

Amazon Mobile – price check anything anywhere. and order stuff you know, whenever you think of it.

Evernote – this app is my brain so I don’t have to keep things in my brain

Pandora – addicted to the discovery and familiarity at the same time

PocketPedia3 – bring your DVD catalog with you anywhere so you don’t buy dupes!

Scrabble – nothing beats the real thing with words, friends

Starwalk – augmented reality astronomy interactive guide. shows the stars’ names and constellations, locations of planets as you hold it and rotate it over your head at night

Zite (iPad) – this is my secret news source. only tool that gets me and my passions (startups, entrepreneurship, particle physics, cosmology, apple, disruptive technology)

Image credit: Joe Stump

Great Business and Agile Books for Startups January 26, 2011

Posted by Brian Link in agile, startups.
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I keep running into great sources of information.  List of books I should read that I rarely find time for.  I’ll post a few great lists I’ve found. I’ve been wanting to build myself a list of must-reads that I hope you’ll find helpful too.

Here’s a list of Agile related books that I recommend.  Please add more in the comments – I’m interested in finding new books too!

  1. Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum – Mike Cohn
  2. Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash – Mary and Tom Poppendieck
  3. Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change (2nd Edition) – Kent Beck
  4. The Art of Agile Development – James Shore
  5. Agile Web Development with Rails – Sam Ruby, Dave Thomas, David Heinemeier Hansson
  6. Agile Project Management with Scrum (Microsoft Professional) – Ken Schwaber
  7. User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development – Mike Cohn
  8. Agile Estimating and Planning – Mike Cohn
  9. Agile Software Development with Scrum (Series in Agile Software Development) – Ken Schwaber, Mike Beedle
  10. Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products (2nd Edition) – Jim Highsmith

Must-read books for startups (and general business books) great list from Quora:

  1. The Four Steps to the Epiphany Steven Gary Blank
  2. The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development: A Cheat Sheet to the Four Steps to the Epiphany Brant Cooper, Patrick Vlaskovits
  3. Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers and Challengers – Yves Pigneur and Alex Osterwalder
  4. Founders at Work – Jessica Livingston
  5. Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur – Pamela Slim
  6. My Start-Up Life: What a (Very) Young CEO Learned on His Journey Through Silicon Valley Ben Casnocha
  7. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion – Robert Cialdini
  8. Crossing the Chasm – Geoff Moore
  9. The Innovator’s Dilemma – Clayton Christensen
  10. Getting to Plan B – Randy Komisar & John Mullins
  11. The Art of the Start – Guy Kawasaki
  12. Venture Capital and the Finance of Innovation – Andrew Metrick
  13. Viral Loop – Adam L. Penenberg
  14. The Monk and the Riddle – Randy Komisar
  15. The PayPal Wars – Eric M. Jackson
  16. The Facebook Effect – David Kirkpatrick
  17. Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good – Sarah Lacyhttp://amzn.to/gd0sJ4
  18. Made to Stick – Chip Heath and Dan Heath http://amzn.to/eo6ndK
  19. Landing Page Optimization Tim Ash http://amzn.to/gYpVPY
  20. Web Analytics 2.0: The Art of Online Accountability and Science of Customer Centricity Avinash Kaushik http://amzn.to/etvEZe
  21. The 48 Laws of Power – Robert Greene http://amzn.to/h5oiYa
  22. The Non-Designer’s Design Book – Robin Williams http://amzn.to/hXtbyL
  23. Getting Real – Jason Fried, David Hansson, Matthew Lindermanhttp://amzn.to/gdY3VX
  24. Dreaming in Code – Scot Rosenberg http://amzn.to/dX5MSq
  25. Do More Faster David Cohen, Brad Feld http://amzn.to/fwdbH5
  26. RockStar Business – Adriaan Pienaar http://amzn.to/dKipra
  27. Crush It – Gary Vaynerchuk http://amzn.to/fz2e2b
  28. Fascinate – Sally Hogshead http://amzn.to/i9wgEY
  29. The Theory of Fun – Raph Koster http://amzn.to/dEt2n1
  30. Lincoln on Leadership – Donald Phillips http://amzn.to/fmLeC9
  31. The Paradox of Choice – Barry Schwartz http://amzn.to/gwpAkd
  32. How We Decide – Jonah Lehrer http://amzn.to/gRYTUr
  33. Courage: The Backbone of Leadership – Gus Lee http://amzn.to/gzEUVV
  34. The E-Myth Revisted – Michael Gerber http://amzn.to/glZPcE
  35. Don’t Make Me Think – Steve Krug http://amzn.to/eiKUIC
  36. The Mythical Man Month – Fred Brooks http://amzn.to/hhKTR0
  37. Difficult Conversations: How to discuss what matters most – Doug Stone et al. http://amzn.to/f9Xkeg
  38. Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy – Carl Shapiro http://amzn.to/hn4Wbj
  39. Only the Paranoid Survive – Andrew Grove http://amzn.to/ev5Z6d
  40. Delivering Happiness – Tony Hsieh http://amzn.to/dJNO2X
  41. Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure – Jerry Kaplan http://amzn.to/fTnqHe
  42. The Nudist On The Late Shift – Po Bronson http://amzn.to/eCtiAV
  43. The Microsoft Way – Randall Stross http://amzn.to/ekJ8P3
  44. Inside Intel – Tim Jackson http://amzn.to/fhVS0w
  45. Accidental Empires – Robert X. Cringely http://amzn.to/gf0hTa
  46. Wisdom Of Crowds – James Surowiecki http://amzn.to/ekOH0A
  47. Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell http://amzn.to/eIM0Cx
  48. Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation – Steven Johnson http://amzn.to/fVFgdi
  49. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Coveyhttp://amzn.to/e3Z1Yp
  50. Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant – W. Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgnehttp://amzn.to/dV0Upi
  51. The Deviant’s Advantage – Ryan Matthews, Watts Wackerhttp://amzn.to/dMlpko
  52. Good to Great by Jim Collins http://amzn.to/e5oALJ
  53. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Dan Pinkhttp://amzn.to/hnmyz
  54. Crucial Conversations Kerry Patterson et al. http://amzn.to/hhQ41Y
  55. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – Carol Dweckhttp://amzn.to/eygzLp
  56. Influencer: The Power to Change Anything – Kerry Pattersonhttp://amzn.to/dYpyAM
  57. Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace – Gordon MacKenzie http://amzn.to/fH5AYj
  58. Hope for the Flowers – Trina Paulus http://amzn.to/icpQHb
  59. Finding fertile ground – Dr. Scott A. Shane http://amzn.to/guIkjN
  60. Making Ideas Happen – Scott Belsky http://amzn.to/dUSmUk
  61. Rework – Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson http://amzn.to/gZI8wW

BEInteractive = BESocial + BEAgile January 4, 2009

Posted by Brian Link in agile.
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On this blog, I’ve done nothing but talk about Social Media to date.  But the truth is my company and my interests also lie in the area of Agile Processes in software development. So, I’ll gradually start adding some pieces here and there about Agile.  And I’ve also added a new tab at the top of the blog to collect some of the best Internet resources I’ve found for Agile related stuff.  I suppose I’ll stick those links out in my delicious account as well for those who’d rather read up on things that way.

My experience with Agile comes from leading and growing the development teams at Digg.com. I worked with Chris Howard and John Quinn at Digg to create our own custom Agile methodology that enabled Digg to scale and grow.

Please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions about Agile or Social Media.  I’m not much of an expert, but I do tend to read a lot of this stuff and may be able to point you in the right direction.

UPDATE: So as not to dilute this blog, I think it makes more sense for me to create a second blog and let my Social Media stuff live separately from my Agile commentary.  In the next week or so, I’ll create a second blog.  In the meantime, if you have an opinion about Agile and would like to suggest topics, please fire away.