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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All Products Are Conversations

[Buy the print!] [Subscribe] As the great Doc Searls famously wrote in The Cluetrain, “markets are conversations”. So it stands to reason that products are, as well. Products OF a dialogue. Products ARE a dialogue. How you talk to your customers affects how your products get made. Of course they do. Tony Hsieh of Zappos understands this very […]

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does your schtick have a good creation myth? if not, maybe it needs one?

1. Silicon Valley was born in 1939, when Messieurs Hewlett & Packard started their company in a small garage in Paulo Alto. 2. In his book, “Delivering Happiness”, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh speaks of  in great length about “The Loft”, a place where all his friends used to hang out and party, and how this sense […]

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the idea amplifier

On Friday I was talking to Peter Sisson, gapingvoid’s new client, the guy behind Toktumi and Line2. We were talking about “The Cocktail Party Rule”– what’s true at cocktail parties is also true in marketing i.e. If you want to be boring, talk about yourself. If you want to be interesting, talk about something else. […]

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daily bizcard 034: tony hsieh

Today’s “Daily Bizcard”, “Green Purpose”, goes to CEO of Zappos, Tony Hsieh. Zappos is the online retailer- which first made its name selling shoes- that was recently sold to Amazon for over a billion dollars in stock. Tony has just written a book, “Delivering Happiness”, which comes out today. One of the publisher’s charming marketing […]

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His work acknowledges the absurdity of workaday life, while also encouraging employees to respond with passion, creativity, and non-conformity...   MacLeod’s work is undeniably an improvement over the office schlock of yore. At its best, it’s more honest, and more cognizant of the entrepreneurial psyche, while still retaining some idealism.

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