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How to become a first time online entrepreneur

The biggest occupational trend in the restructuring of the economy has been the newly minted entrepreneur. The media regales us with stories about the new startup incubators like Y Combinator, and the success stories of their progeny. All roads to developing a new business point to leveraging the Internet with some sort of social, commercial […]

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Institutionalizing Entrepreneurship and the Education Tradeoff

Through one of my new favorite “social discovery” services LetsLunch.com, I had the pleasure of lunch with Sarah Lacy. She brought me her latest book Brilliant Crazy Cocky, a tome to the universal entrepreneurial spirit in six countries she surveyed last year. I read most of it over the weekend (and recommend it highly). One […]

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What’s Missing from Today’s Hyperlocal Sites – Community Leadership

What’s missing from sites focused on a city? Community organizers. It’s the same leadership dilemma facing any organization, whether physical or virtual. Hyperlocal sites need to be driven and organized by hubs and influencers of the local community, and these hubs need to feel invested and committed to their “city site”. Hyperlocal “news” sites like […]

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How Obama is Pushing Society Online

President Obama staged an 80-minute interactive town hall meeting this morning at 11:30 EDT. In the span of an hour or so, he received 92,000 questions online, from which 3.6 million votes were cast voting up/down those questions. Idea: his administration should create a “White House Connect” application based on a white label Google Friend […]

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Technology and the Future of the Newspaper – Slideshow

TimesOpen Keynote: Technology and the Future of the Newspaper View more presentations from Tim O’reilly. Tim O’Reilly’s comprehensive slideshow makes several points about the accelerating speed and syndication of information: The real time functionality of the new information distribution systems, elegantly demonstrated by Twitter, is critical to reporting. Social Networks facilitate content distribution, and media […]

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The Decline of Reading

Why are print newspapers shutting down presses, and book publishers decrying where their readers went? Today’s NY Times essentially says this: (Charts, of course, not based on actual statistics; for descriptive purposes only) Consumers are increasingly avoiding newspapers — and books, too — because the text mode is now used so infrequently that it can […]

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Video Explaining the Beginnings and Evolution of the Internet

Yes, this is the virally active video du jour entitled “the History of the Internet“, but I think it’s remarkable explanation. It really explains the evolution of the internet as a electronic network phenomenon that evolved in parallel with telecommunications. Somebody had to explain all that geekiness in 8 minutes because it otherwise would be […]

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Introducing a Social Media System for News Organizations (Free!)

Few news media companies know how to effectively develop their social media resources; they still hide behind their call letters or mastheads and broadcast one way. Citizen journalists – in effect, the masses – are the closest to breaking news events and stories, so tapping into the social media is becoming the key to real […]

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#Flight1549 – Twitpic’s Coming of Age

Twitpic crashed this afternoon due to all the traffic from a now famous iPhone snapshot that Twitterer Janis Krums took of the crashed US Airways plane in the Hudson River. Twitpic takes it place as THE breaking news image source. Why? It’s simple to use and has become a standard. In an extraordinary, emergency situation, […]

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The New Web 2.5 Opportunity: Create Media Hubs

TODAY’S ONLINE CONTENT FATIGUE Web 2.0 could be described as a phase in the evolution of the Internet that facilitated individuals in creating content within the constructs of social websites (blogs) and social networks (as participants). User-generated content was the New New Thing when it first appeared refreshingly on blogs (in 2002 blogs were being […]

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