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Written by Aaron

May 13, 2008 at 10:51 am

Improved Sharing in Google Reader

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Today, Google announced improvements to the ‘Share’ functionality within Google Reader.

Now you can share any part of any web page.

And you can add a personal note to the item you are sharing.

Check out the full announcement here

** If you use Google Reader, email me so I can add you as a friend and we can share items with each other.

Written by Aaron

May 5, 2008 at 7:59 pm

$2.84 Billion and 110 Million and 38%

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$2.84 Billion = Revenue generated from U.S. porn websites in 2006

110 Million = Number of active users worldwide on Myspace

38% = Percentage of Protestant churches in America in 2007 without a church website

info from TechCrunch & Jeremiah Owyang & The Barna Group

Written by Aaron

April 29, 2008 at 10:41 pm

Twitter Trend for HP, Dell, and Apple

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A site called Twist allows you to see Twitter trends

Here is a trend graph comparing HP, Dell, and Apple……Guess who is who?

Red = Apple

Blue = Dell

Yellow = HP

I guess Apple has an advantage. People could be twittering about the fruit.

Written by Aaron

April 28, 2008 at 2:29 pm

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An Evening With Guy Kawasaki in Houston

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I spent the evening listening to Guy Kawasaki at the Houston Technology Center.

He touched on topics from his book The Art of The Start.

Very entertaining. Very informative. And I want to go start my own company soon…like tomorrow.

My key take aways from tonight:

  • Startups aren’t just for others. I can do this.
  • A business that exists just to make money won’t do well.
  • Get going. What am I waiting for?

Here are the rest of my notes:

1) Make Meaning

  • Change the World
  • Do things 10x better

2) Make a Mantra

  • 2 or 3 words that explain why you exist

3) Get Going

  • Think different
  • Polarize people (Some people should love what you are doing, some people should hate what you are doing.)
  • Find a few soul mates

4) Define a business model

  • Be specific
  • Keep it simple (I like simple)
  • Ask women (interesting)

5) Weave a MAT

  • Milestones
  • Assumptions
  • Tasks

6) Niche Thyself

  • Only you do it
  • And it is very valuable

7) Follow the 10/20/30 rule

  • 10 slides
  • 20 minutes
  • 30 pt font

8) Hire infected people (cool..wordpress turns my #8 into a smiley face)

  • Hire people who love what you do
  • Ignore the irrelevant
  • Hire better than yourself
  • Apply the shopping center test ( ?? should have taken better notes on that one)

9) Lower barrier to adoption

  • Flatten the learning curve
  • Don’t ask people to do something that you yourself would not do
  • Embrace your evangelists

10) Seed the Clouds

  • “Sales Fixes Everything”
  • Let a hundred flowers blossom
  • Enable test drives
  • Find the influencers

11) Don’t let the bozos grind you down

Written by Aaron

April 24, 2008 at 9:58 pm

A Peek Into The Life of a CEO

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One of the blogs that I have been following lately is From Where I Sit

It is the personal blog of Michael Hyatt, the President & CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers

He also Twitters here

Both are interesting peeks into the life of a CEO

Just today, he posted an honest post about the layoffs that he recently initiated at his company.

Anyone know of any other CEOs with personal blogs?

Written by Aaron

April 23, 2008 at 8:59 am

A Global Conversation

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I have been reading through The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business As Usual……it is free online here

The internet has changed things. And I don’t mean in an every company, organization, or church has a fancy website kind of way.

The internet has really, really changed things. A global conversation has begun……..via the internet.

The attraction of the internet isn’t really the technology. Remember, the internet started gaining popularity when the technology of the internet wasn’t all that great.

The attraction of the internet is the conversation…….and the technology of the internet enables that.

Everyone can communicate with everyone about everything. Instantly.

It seems obvious now with the explosion of things like Myspace, Facebook, web-based email, instant messaging, blogs, and Twitter. But the authors of the Cluetrain Manifesto had it figured out way back in 1999. I was shocked when I noticed that the manifesto was written that long ago.

If you don’t have time to read the whole thing, at least check out the 95 Theses

Then ask…..

  • Am I part of the global conversation?
  • Is my business part of the global conversation?
  • Is my employer part of the global conversation?
  • Is the Church part of the global conversation?

Written by Aaron

April 16, 2008 at 11:41 pm