Crowdsourcing Lead Generation

Yesterday I bookmarked, and today I took the time to read a long and thoughtful post by Bernard Lunn on Read/Write Web. His thesis is that the coming (current?) recession is accelerating the transition to a new phase of Web innovation he calls the “Main Street Web”. In his view, this phase will be characterized continue…

Reader Question: Where Did I Get My Askablogr Widget?

Q: hi, where did you get the question box widget? Asked by shelby A: Hi Shelby, thanks for the question (note to other readers: I swear I didn’t plant this). My “question box widget” is something I created with a developer friend of mine (Craig Huizenga). The widget and supporting web serviceĀ is called Askablogr, andĀ it’s continue…

Hillary Clinton is 2008’s Ralph Nader

Scanning the results and analysis from yesterday’s Pennsylvania primary gave me nasty flashbacks to 2000 and the role Ralph Nader played in sticking us with the disastrous reign of George W. Bush. Hillary is apparently willing to do exactly the same thing to us this year, continuing to fight for the nomination beyond all hope continue…

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Open Startup: Askablogr’s 3-Month Birthday

Askablogr turned 3 months old on the 18th, but I’ve been distracted by a few other projects recently so am coming to this report a few days late (for clarity, the stats to the right are from March 18-April 18). One thing I promised to do after our Mashable writeup was to read out again continue…

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Think Y Combinator has a following?

Here’s a little data for you: yesterday I apologized to YC for our (stupid) decision to use their application form as the starting point for our Founders Co-op submission process. My post got picked up and reposted to Hacker News, the bulletin board for the YC community. The graph above is from my Lijit stats continue…

Sincere Apologies to Paul Graham and the Y Combinator Team

I’ve written many times about how much I respect and admire Paul Graham, founder of Y Combinator, so I was caught by surprise by a flurry of blog comments yesterday expressing outrage over the obvious similarities between our “apply” questionnaire at Founders Co-op and the YC application form. We absolutely modeled our questionnaire on theirs, continue…

Paul Graham, the “funding gap” and Founders Co-op

Paul Graham (of Y Combinator fame) has a great post up on the growing funding gap between angel investors and institutional VCs. In his words: “There are companies that will give $20k to a startup that has nothing more than the founders, and there are companies that will give $2 million to a startup that’s continue…

From chaos toward (but not to) order

Since we announced Founders Co-op a few weeks ago my calendar and brain have been randomized way beyond historical norms. In addition to my usual advisory and consulting stuff I’ve been meeting with all kinds of folks across the local startup ecosytem: prospective investment candidates, fellow entrepreneurs, angel investors, mentors for our portfolio companies, etc. continue…

Data Portability, Cloud Computing and PaaS

In a post from earlier today Read/Write Web pointed to this piece by Google alum Bret Taylor titled: “We need a Wikipedia for data”. His premise is that an open, public storehouse for “useful” datasets would unleash entrepreneurial creativity globally, leading to the creation of both social good and business value. I was beating a continue…