After a series of unconferences like BarCamp, BlogCamp, PodWorks, Proto ; now comes another unconference.This time, the unconference targets two major things : “Design” and “User Experience“.

Who can attend:
It should have been “Who cannot attend?”. Since it is an unconference, it is open to each and everyone who has the urge to share & learn…In fact, I don’t have much insights into Agile Methodology and this is a nice place to learn about new things……So it is all about Collaborative effort !!!

When and where is it held:
Though the dates have been finalized , the tentative time frame for this unconference is September,2007 (10 AM-2 PM).Venue is yet to be decided.

For registration and more information , visit DCampBangalore

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The first thought that comes to mind when you think of a starting up “Cutting (unwanted) Costs”

When you think about it on every small thing, you are an ideal startup material wink

Eat and Drink Startup:
In the interesting podcast,you find an delicious recipe to a Startup.They deal with cutting costs on Food & Drink in a startup where they talk about “Ideal(and economical) food for startups“.This podcast would definitely bring you smile as well as makes us understand “Every penny is important in a startup

[More about the podcast here ]
[More about the Book “Eat,Drink,Breathe like a Startup” here]

On a lighter note, wonder if some Indian entrepreneur has also cooked the recipe of his own startup wink

Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston” was one of the book’s that was highly appreciated(and recommended) by the startup guru – Guy Kawasaki.The book focusses on the Entrepreneurial journey of 32 Entrepreneurs listed below:

1. Max Levchin, Cofounder PayPal
2. Sabeer Bhatia, Cofounder Hotmail
3. Steve Wozniak , Cofounder Apple Computers
4. Joe Kraus , Cofounder Excite
5. Dan Bricklin , Cofounder Software Arts
6. Mitchell Kapor , Cofounder Lotus Development
7. Ray Ozzie ,Founder Iris Associates
8. Evan Williams ,Cofounder Pyra Labs(Blogger)
9. Tim Brady ,First Non-Founding Employee Yahoo
10. Mike Lazaridis ,Cofounder Research In Motion
11. Arthur van Hoff ,Cofounder Marimba
12. Paul Buchheit ,Creator Gmail
13. Steve Perlman ,Cofounder WebTV
14. Mike Ramsay ,Cofounder TiVo
15. Paul Graham ,Cofounder Viaweb
16. Joshua Schachter ,Founder
17. Mark Fletcher ,Founder Bloglines
18. Craig Newmark ,Founder craigslist
19. Caterina Fake ,Cofounder Flickr
20. Brewster Kahle ,Founder Internet Archive, Alexa Internet
21. Charles Geschke ,Cofounder Adobe Systems
22. Ann Winblad ,Cofounder Hummer Winblad
23. David Heinemeier Hansson ,Partner 37signals
24. Philip Greenspun ,Cofounder ArsDigita
25. Joel Spolsky ,Cofounder Fog Creek Software
26. Stephen Kaufer ,Cofounder TripAdvisor
27. James Hong ,Cofounder HOT or NOT
28. James Currier ,Founder Tickle
29. Blake Ross ,Creator Firefox
30. Mena Trott ,Cofounder Six Apart
31. Bob Davis ,Founder Lycos
32. Ron Gruner ,Cofounder Alliant Computer Systems

You can take a sneak peak into the book here.I managed to find a soft copy of the book and the same can be downloaded from my esnips collection, given below lol

Founders At Work
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Every morning as soon as you enter your workplace, you need to get an update from the world of Business , Startups ,Technology(or any topic of your liking).Now than, you have updates from a log of blogs and cannot complete most of them.I always find this strange problem and most of us who are habituated to reading face the same problem.

So, how do you manage to complete reading feeds in a manageable amount of time? Check out the video which demonstrates “Scoble way of reading 622 feeds every morning !!!

Video Courtesy : Tim Ferriss

If you found the video interesting, than check the complete coverage here

Related Article : How Scoble absorbs 1000+ Emails

How many times in a day , do you listen to the words “No,it won’t or No,you cannotsad Yes , be it anywhere but this is one of the most simplest things to tell anyone and the most surprising part is that “Most of them who say a No, themselves don’t know why they are saying a NObiggrin
For instance,when I shared my blog with a couple of known people, I was given a comment “Your blog is very much like an ……. blog” and this could/can be true since, there being around 70 million blogs all over, there is a high level of possibility that Blog ‘A’ could be somewhat similar to Blog ‘B’ (in terms of style , not content).This brings some level of dejection but is also a learning for all the guys who want to go an extra mile exclaim Similar is the case when you have an idea and try to seek the first level of feedback, there could be mostly one of the reactions, listed below(from the book ‘Myths of Innovation’) :
  • This well never work.
  • No one will want this.
  • It can’t work in practice.
  • People won’t understand it.
  • This isn’t a problem.
  • This is a problem, but no one cares.
  • This is a problem and people care, but it’s already solved.
  • This is a problem, and people care, but it will never make money.
  • This is a solution in search of a problem.
  • Get out of my office/cave now.
As stated in “The Myths of Innovation” , it is not only ordinary people who give vague comments ; Sometimes very smart people say these things. Ken Olsen, founder of the Digital Equipment Corporation, said in 1977, “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” The leading art critics in France, in response to the opening of the Eiffel Tower, made comments like, “That tragic lamppost springing up from its bowels…is like a beacon of disaster and despair.”

Innovator and Spectator Gap:
The gap—the difference between how an innovator sees his work from how it’s seen by others—is the most frustrating challenge innovators face. Creators expect to be well received. They look at accepted innovations and the heroes who delivered them and assume their new innovations will be treated the same way.

Notice, there is a 180% difference of view between the innovator(ideator) and the viewer(listener of the idea).

Bottom Line:
Sometimes from the negative feedback, you may germinate another idea !!! but no matter how brilliant an idea is, the gap exists. Until the innovation is accepted, it will be questioned relentlessly question

Statutory Warning:
At this very moment , there could be an article being written on similar lines on some other blog or there is already an article published on some other blog, than why have “Same wine in a new bottle”-the reason to this , later in the article

Back to Blogging business:
Over a period of time, when a blogger regularly updates his/her blog , (s)he may feel that his/her blog has unique content and (s)he is the first person to blog about it. But ideally, none of the blogs would have really UNIQUE content and this is the primary reason why many non-bloggers(including avid blog readers) don’t feel like having their own personal blog cry

After taking collective feedback from non-bloggers , below are the top four reasons why people don’t blog:

Blogging – a geeky stuff :
This is one of the most common misconceptions that non-bloggers have about blogging.Some feel that blogging is really a geeky stuff and you need very high technical expertise to blog.IMHO,the bare minimum equipment for blogging is FireFox[& some of the required plugins that monitor the loading time of the page as well as that can edit the HTML code(considering the simplest case)],than you are ready to blog surprised So, as a first step remove the misconception that Blogging is only for geeks but after blogging, you would definitely consider yourself a bit Geeky !!!

What and when to write:
Most of the early stage bloggers are confused about “What do I write?” phenomena.Just try noting down your interests in a sheet of paper and pick a topic(or a mixture of topics) for your blog.You need not be an expert on the topic but the bottom line is “The quality of articles (that your blog features), would reveal the dedication with which you blog“.The reason for this is: Readers are always smarter than the blogger him/her self.So, start a blog only if you know that you would dedicate sometime for your blog, best solution is make a blogging time table. Depending on the availability of time,you should update your blog.

Also, one more important thing is , if you cannot dedicate time to blogging than create a MeMe where you just accumulate links , which would be a repository of information for the user.

No one reads my blog:
This is one of the most pathetic problem for any blogger.Oh I am blogging since past two weeks but no one(including my friends) is reading my blog.The fundamental reason behind blogging is not to show others about your capability but to capture your thoughts in a safe place,which is a Blog in this case biggrin If you are the one who is writing something with dedication & interest than definitely readers would be hooked to your blog.But the crux lies in creating good content.Also, whatever you write for example:on Startups, Entrepreneurship, Blogging Tips…. ; you would find that information on every alternate blog but that should be a hindrance for you.

Just write your heart out while blogging and if you cannot, than take a post from some other blog and give a linkback to that post.Some bloggers feel that every post should be original but even if you linkback,that post is original and this is how the entire Blogosphere expands and you produce readership for your blog biggrin

Oh Lord .. I am exposed:
This is the fear that most of the part time bloggers have in their mind.When you blog,you always want that when someone is doing a Google search for you,(s)he should get to your blog(as one of the search results).Now you are scared since you are now on a search engine and you are (more) visible to everyone.But keep this worry aside since, if you are blogging for a constructive reason than you have every right to get more visibility !!!

Trust me, if you write your heart out(taking the feedback from your avid readers into consideration) , day won’t be far when people would recall you by your Blog URL and not your name….Your blog will be your identity !!!

(If you have some more points(reasons) , kindly add them in the comments section of the article)

So,go ahead and blog..Let others know that you have also taken a plunge into this ever expanding Blogosphere but be sure to return to this Blog wink !!!!

1. Peter Drucker on “Enjoyment of work”

Those who perform love what they are doing,I(Peter Drucker) am not saying that they like everything they do;but there’s something quite different.

Everybody has to do a lot of routine,there’s an enormous amount of routine.Every great pianist has to do three hours of playing scale each day and nobody would tell they love it,but they have to do it.It’s not fun but even after 40 years you feel the experience.
Pianists have a wonderful expression I heard many years ago,I practice till I have life in my fingers.I am sure it is a dull routine but you enjoy it.

Same is the case with people in business who enjoy the work,the routine is that it’s got to be done but still I enjoy the routine.This is not the difference between Mediocrity and Performing but between “A Learning organization where the organization grows(& than the whole process changes) and an organization that may be doing very well,but no one misses it after 5 o’clock !!!

2. Bill Gates on “Team Building”

While building a team, search for people who love to win;if it is difficult to find them, atleast look for people who hate to loose…