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Product vs. Platform — Competing at right angles

I seems like every self-respecting entrepreneur these days is building a platform, not a product. Many (but certainly not all) of these “platform” aspirants are smart enough to understand that most true platforms (think Facebook, iOS, Android) didn’t start out that way. Platforms tend to emerge in one of two ways: EITHER: a disruptive new continue…

Gratitude

I’ve been singing a song in my head for the last few weeks — if you’re an old-school Beastie Boys fan like me you might recognize it… “What’s gonna set you free?Look inside and you’ll seeWhen you’ve got so much to sayIt’s called gratitude, and that’s right” – Beastie Boys, “Gratitude”, Check Your Head (1992) Last continue…

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Portland is on! Join me for PIE Demo Day, Tuesday 1/17/12

Happy 2012 startup people! I’m just getting my calendar back together after the holidays and the first event on the books is PIE Demo Day, Tuesday January 17 at Portland’s Bagdad Theater. A little over two years ago, Portland-based creative firm Wieden+Kennedy created the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE). This coworking space was the spawning ground for continue…