Rackspace loves startups

[Thanks to @bombtune for sending me this photo of one of my Rackspace cartoons, spotted in the wild at SXSW Interactive.]

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Our BizSpark Canada Commission

This was a nice little gig: A large print for Bizspark Canada. Three thoughts: 1. This is my first Microsoft gig for a while [Bizspark is part of their massive startup outreach program], so it felt good to be back in the ol’ saddle again. 2. This piece is a riff on a familiar theme […]

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Start-up Blues

I drew this cartoon because a recent story in the news made me sad: A lively and popular figure of the start-up scene, Jody Sherman commited suicide. I didn’t know the guy, but we had mutual friends, like Jason Calacanis and Tony Hsieh. Jason summed it up well: “And it seems like folks are not […]

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How Do You Best Prepare For The Creative Age?

PART ONE: THE CONVERGENCE. So today there was this big convergence of things I’d been thinking about lately, including: 1. The cartoon (pictured above) that we sent out in Friday’s newsletter. 2. The “Jiro Dreams Of Sushi” article I posted Thursday and the whole “Mastery” kick I’ve been riffing on recently. 3. Sir Ken Robinson’s […]

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The #StartupBus video

Rackspace – We Love Startups! from Gapingvoid on Vimeo. Another video our new company, Social Object Factory did for Rackspace at SXSW.. A sea of little red startup folk, piling into the #StartupBus, something they sponsor. “Because the world needs more Awesome, the world needs more Startups.” A simple enough thought, one I happen to […]

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“Because the world needs more Awesome, the world needs more Startups.”

Rackspace – Because the World Needs More Awesome… from Gapingvoid on Vimeo. Something that I’m VERY proud of, Social Object Factory’s recent animation we did for Rackspace. “Because the world needs more Awesome, the world needs more Startups.” Exactly. What astounds me is how quickly we turned it around. A couple of days from getting […]

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Note to Social Media Marketing Dorks: The hard currency of the Internet is “Social Objects”.

[One of my favorite recent “Social Objects”: a cartoon I did for Rackspace.] The Social Object, in a nutshell, is the reason two people are talking to each other, as opposed to talking to somebody else. Human beings are social animals. We like to socialize. But if think about it, there needs to be a […]

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“alea iacta est.”

[My latest cartoon. Download the printable version here etc.] Dear Rackspace, You being my client and all, I thought now would be a good time to let you know my current thinking: You love startups. You live and breathe making them happy. You live and breathe trying to be helpful to them. You live and […]

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“how do do you amplify a start-up culture inside a big company?”

[Download the printable version here.] A couple of days ago my buddy, Robert Scoble (himself a Rackspace employee) twittered the question, “How do do you amplify a start-up culture inside a big company?” A damn good question, Robert. I thought it would make a good piece of art, hence the cartoon above. More specifically, I […]

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new gapingvoid client: line2 voip

gapingvoid has landed itself a new client. Line2, the new VoIP app from Toktumi. Hurrah! To find out more about them, Techcrunch wrote a really good piece about them last year. “The Apple/Google Voice fiasco just got more interesting. Toktumi, a startup that lets small businesses build office-caliber phone systems with their mobile phones and […]

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