What do you really *love* on the Internet? June 29, 2012Posted 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:
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, 2011Posted 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!
- Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum – Mike Cohn
- Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash – Mary and Tom Poppendieck
- Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change (2nd Edition) – Kent Beck
- The Art of Agile Development – James Shore
- Agile Web Development with Rails – Sam Ruby, Dave Thomas, David Heinemeier Hansson
- Agile Project Management with Scrum (Microsoft Professional) – Ken Schwaber
- User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development – Mike Cohn
- Agile Estimating and Planning – Mike Cohn
- Agile Software Development with Scrum (Series in Agile Software Development) – Ken Schwaber, Mike Beedle
- Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products (2nd Edition) – Jim Highsmith
Must-read books for startups (and general business books) great list from Quora:
- The Four Steps to the Epiphany – Steven Gary Blank
- The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development: A Cheat Sheet to the Four Steps to the Epiphany – Brant Cooper, Patrick Vlaskovits
- Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers and Challengers – Yves Pigneur and Alex Osterwalder
- Founders at Work – Jessica Livingston
- Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur – Pamela Slim
- My Start-Up Life: What a (Very) Young CEO Learned on His Journey Through Silicon Valley – Ben Casnocha
- Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion – Robert Cialdini
- Crossing the Chasm – Geoff Moore
- The Innovator’s Dilemma – Clayton Christensen
- Getting to Plan B – Randy Komisar & John Mullins
- The Art of the Start – Guy Kawasaki
- Venture Capital and the Finance of Innovation – Andrew Metrick
- Viral Loop – Adam L. Penenberg
- The Monk and the Riddle – Randy Komisar
- The PayPal Wars – Eric M. Jackson
- The Facebook Effect – David Kirkpatrick
- Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good – Sarah Lacyhttp://amzn.to/gd0sJ4
- Made to Stick – Chip Heath and Dan Heath http://amzn.to/eo6ndK
- Landing Page Optimization Tim Ash http://amzn.to/gYpVPY
- Web Analytics 2.0: The Art of Online Accountability and Science of Customer Centricity Avinash Kaushik http://amzn.to/etvEZe
- The 48 Laws of Power – Robert Greene http://amzn.to/h5oiYa
- The Non-Designer’s Design Book – Robin Williams http://amzn.to/hXtbyL
- Getting Real – Jason Fried, David Hansson, Matthew Lindermanhttp://amzn.to/gdY3VX
- Dreaming in Code – Scot Rosenberg http://amzn.to/dX5MSq
- Do More Faster – David Cohen, Brad Feld http://amzn.to/fwdbH5
- RockStar Business – Adriaan Pienaar http://amzn.to/dKipra
- Crush It – Gary Vaynerchuk http://amzn.to/fz2e2b
- Fascinate – Sally Hogshead http://amzn.to/i9wgEY
- The Theory of Fun – Raph Koster http://amzn.to/dEt2n1
- Lincoln on Leadership – Donald Phillips http://amzn.to/fmLeC9
- The Paradox of Choice – Barry Schwartz http://amzn.to/gwpAkd
- How We Decide – Jonah Lehrer http://amzn.to/gRYTUr
- Courage: The Backbone of Leadership – Gus Lee http://amzn.to/gzEUVV
- The E-Myth Revisted – Michael Gerber http://amzn.to/glZPcE
- Don’t Make Me Think – Steve Krug http://amzn.to/eiKUIC
- The Mythical Man Month – Fred Brooks http://amzn.to/hhKTR0
- Difficult Conversations: How to discuss what matters most – Doug Stone et al. http://amzn.to/f9Xkeg
- Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy – Carl Shapiro http://amzn.to/hn4Wbj
- Only the Paranoid Survive – Andrew Grove http://amzn.to/ev5Z6d
- Delivering Happiness – Tony Hsieh http://amzn.to/dJNO2X
- Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure – Jerry Kaplan http://amzn.to/fTnqHe
- The Nudist On The Late Shift – Po Bronson http://amzn.to/eCtiAV
- The Microsoft Way – Randall Stross http://amzn.to/ekJ8P3
- Inside Intel – Tim Jackson http://amzn.to/fhVS0w
- Accidental Empires – Robert X. Cringely http://amzn.to/gf0hTa
- Wisdom Of Crowds – James Surowiecki http://amzn.to/ekOH0A
- Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell http://amzn.to/eIM0Cx
- Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation – Steven Johnson http://amzn.to/fVFgdi
- The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Coveyhttp://amzn.to/e3Z1Yp
- Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant – W. Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgnehttp://amzn.to/dV0Upi
- The Deviant’s Advantage – Ryan Matthews, Watts Wackerhttp://amzn.to/dMlpko
- Good to Great by Jim Collins http://amzn.to/e5oALJ
- Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Dan Pinkhttp://amzn.to/hnmyz
- Crucial Conversations Kerry Patterson et al. http://amzn.to/hhQ41Y
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – Carol Dweckhttp://amzn.to/eygzLp
- Influencer: The Power to Change Anything – Kerry Pattersonhttp://amzn.to/dYpyAM
- Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace – Gordon MacKenzie http://amzn.to/fH5AYj
- Hope for the Flowers – Trina Paulus http://amzn.to/icpQHb
- Finding fertile ground – Dr. Scott A. Shane http://amzn.to/guIkjN
- Making Ideas Happen – Scott Belsky http://amzn.to/dUSmUk
- Rework – Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson http://amzn.to/gZI8wW
BEInteractive = BESocial + BEAgile January 4, 2009Posted 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.