Month: November 2011

Start Black Friday at the Bootstrappers Breakfast in Mountain View

Do your shopping on-line and avoid the crowds, then drop by the Bootstrappers Breakfast® in Mountain View this Friday at 9am at Red Rock Coffee. We will be upstairs in our usual location in the corner to the left of the staircase. A Bootstrappers Breakfast allows you to Take part in a serious roundtable conversation among …

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Panelists Announced for Bootstrapper’s Manifesto Book Club Webinar

We have two bootstrappers as panelists for Wednesday’s Business Book Club webinar on Seth Godin’s Bootstrapper’s Manifesto. Neal Tovsen, founder of TelemetryWeb.com Neal’s fifteen years of professional experience have focused on the architecture, design, and end-to-end development of highly available, distributed, scalable, software-as-a-service platforms.  His understanding of how to integrate sensor networks, remote monitoring, and …

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Veterans Day 2011

On Veterans Day 2011 we honor those who have served in the military and lived: thanks for putting your life on the line for all the things we hold dear.

Perfectionism vs. Mastery

Perfectionism vs. Mastery Mastery’s great accomplishments require time and a willingness to release a sequence of prototypes. Perfectionism means you don’t ship until it’s perfect. Which means you never ship or what you ship has not learned from problems or needs that only visible post deployment. Randall Munroe’s “The General Problem” embeds this observation: “I …

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Stay Tuned! We Are Being Purposefully Vague Right Now

I came across an interesting tool this week in the collaboration area. The web page invited me to apply for membership, prompting me to enter my e-mail, twitter handle, blog, and a brief bio. But they were “purposefully vague’ about who they were. It wasn’t exactly stealth mode, more like maintaining deniability if it failed …

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Geva Solomonovich of Fraud Sciences at Fri-Nov-4 BB

Geva Solomonowich, an early employee at Fraud Sciences and several other startups joins us tomorrow to share lessons learned getting early customers and growing the business. Francis Adanza interviewed him on the Bootstrapper Breakfast blog in mid-October, here are some excerpts: Francis: Prior to Fraud Sciences, what were you doing? Geva: Before Fraud Sciences I …

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Book Club: Brian Arthur’s “The Second Economy”

Call-in Book Review  Recorded on WednesdayDecember 14, 2011Anne Rozinat of Fluxicon and Sean Murphy of SKMurphy discuss the impact of the pervasive digitization of business processes on cloud business models. View the recorded session The Second Economy by W. Brian Arthur This McKinsey Quarterly article provides the context for a thought provoking discussion of the …

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The Startup Mythology of Silicon Valley

A post on Matt Wensing’s blog alerted me to an atypical post on TechCrunch by Mark Hendrickson “Startup School and the Instigation of Entrepreneurship.” It’s an insightful critique of the startup mythology of Silicon Valley. Some excerpts: “We are experiencing a generation of entrepreneurs who prioritize the phenomenon of entrepreneurship over its justification; we ought …

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Book Club: Seth Godin’s Bootstrappers Manifesto

Recorded Discussion on Bootstrappers ManifestoSteve Hogan moderates a discussion with Neal Tovsen of TelemetryWeb.com and Sarah Gray of of MercuryApp.com on Seth Godin’s Bootstrapper Manifesto. This recording starts after the panel introductions please see View session www.skmurphy.com/blog/2011/11/14/panelists-announced-for-bootstrappers-manifesto-book-club-webinar/ for details on panelists. The E-book version of The Bootstrappers Bible is available at no charge from The …

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