Daily Archives: December 9, 2013

Kleiner Perkins Partner Chi-Hua Chien Transitioning Out Of Firm


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If you paid a visit to Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’ Sand Hill Road headquarters on any given day, you’d likely bump into Chi-Hua Chien. Chien, who has emerged as one of the firm’s most accessible public figures since joining Kleiner some six years ago, is known for being a particularly engaged and responsive VC — always ready to pop into the office, provide advice to an entrepreneur, or talk shop with his fellow investment partners.

 

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Read more – > http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/09/kleiner-perkins-partner-chi-hua-chien-transitioning-out-of-firm/

 

 

 

Read, Write too…


Bamurange in Writers on Writing

 

I love reading, in a moderate kind of way, I’m not a total bookworm, but there are some books and articles online worth a read. Some will have you searching for more of their work or similar styles. Somehow, you’re engulfed and captivated because there are words that describe some of your feelings and thoughts.

Nothing Feels Good

Nothing Feels Good (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Every time I read, it feels like meeting someone for the first time, the further you read, the more you get curious. In this way, whether you are aware of it or not, there’s a particular impact the content is having on you.You find certain quotes imprinted on your mind that you can’t wait to share] with your friends. Some sentences relieve because all of a sudden it feels like you’ve found an answer to a question you’ve been asking yourself for a very long time.

I believe that reading drives one to sit down and try to write their own stories,helping keep memories, discovering more about who they really are and what they are capable of. Setting goals and accomplishing them.Remember to share. Written material is priceless, especially now that we have the luxury of the internet platform, only being a link away.Read and write, you’ll find answers to most things you always wonder about.

Share too!

Read more  – > https://medium.com/writers-on-writing/f530a4dcc91f

 

 

The Rise and Fall of a Spammer


How the Internet Police Caught the Man Who Ran the World’s Largest Botnet

Twenty-four-year-old Oleg Nikolaenko knew cold-weather life, having already purchased a fine house in a wealthy Moscow suburb. So the mop-haired young man wasn’t surprised to find himself spending the winter of 2010 in the grip of an arctic chill—he just hadn’t planned on doing so in a Wisconsin jail cell.

Nikolaenko’s mugshot, via The Smoking Gun

Nikolaenko had been arrested while attending the massive Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) auto show in Las Vegas. A car buff, he had also attended the event in 2009 and displayed no obvious reluctance to apply for a US visa on either occasion. He landed at JFK airport in New York on October 30, boarded a connecting flight to Las Vegas, and checked into the Bellagio hotel for a planned six-night stay. But Nikolaenko’s passage through US Customs in New York had alerted FBI agent Brett Banner to his presence. Working out of the FBI’s Milwaukee office, Banner was on the Cyber Crimes Squad that had pursued Nikolaenko for more than a year. Banner believed that the young man—later described by his attorney as the kind of kid “you find in a basement munching nachos and playing Wii”—had actually created and now controlled a massive botnet named Mega-D.

The kind of kid ‘you find in a basement munching nachos and playing Wii’—had actually created and now controlled a massive botnet named Mega-D

Read more – > https://medium.com/science-and-technology/b60a29a2409a

 

Why You Need A Designer As A Cofounder


The increasing noise around the topic is not a passing trend.

 

 

Recently I’ve seen more and more articles highlighting ways you can start companies and build products without writing a single line of code, and several people I know dismissed the topic as foolish. But it’s all very in line with the “designer as a founder” concept (which isn’t new), and something that I think is now a necessity to (almost) all successful companies and products.

 

First, let me clear up what I mean by “designer.”

 

When most people think of a “designer” they think of what is better known as a “visual designer,” a pixel-pushing artist that spends their time making the interface elements look pretty in photoshop. But while the aforementioned talents are certainly useful, what we’re really looking for is someone who can understand the problem the target user is having, visualize the solution that will solve that problem, and be able to create some rough version of that solution that they can put in front of real users. All three of these things are often core to any great designer’s workflow throughout the process, but especially important at the outset.

 

So why does this kind of person need to be a founder?

 

It’s no longer about what you’re doing, it’s about how well you’re doing it

 

As it gets easier and easier to create and launch web or mobile apps, it becomes increasingly difficult to do something truly unique. How many times have you been able to describe an app lately and not reference it to one or several others like it in order to explain it? The experience is the differentiator these days, and that means this needs to be a core focus of the company from the start.

 

Cine Molotov com Henrique Dídimo - 05/02/2010

Cine Molotov com Henrique Dídimo – 05/02/2010 (Photo credit: ONG Ceará em Foco: Antenas e Raízes)

 

In the beginning, it’s the fastest/only way to validate

 

If you’re practicing the Lean Startup methodology (and if you’re not you should be) you know that you need to be getting out of the building and talking to your users early and often. Sure a conversation in a coffee shop works fine, but putting clickable mockups or even a working prototype in front of them so you can watch them interact with it is 10 times better. Having a designer around early can make that happen and make it so that you are learning and validating your direction far earlier than if you had to build and ship an actual app that could take weeks or even months.

 

Read more – > https://medium.com/p/7b8929fbe345

 

 

Your inbox is not your to-do list


Andy DeSoto in Human Behavior and Technology

 

I was traveling a bit over the weekend, trying to keep tabs on what I needed to get done for the Memory Lab. Sometimes it takes the occasional travel experience like this one to remind you what does and does not work about the way in which you organize your to-do list.

I believe in the “Inbox Zero” approach, which advocates organizing all of your e-mails into different folders. Essentially, I use three: a Work folder, a Personal folder, and an Archive. When mail comes in, I drop it in the appropriate folder: Work if it’s something to do in the office, Personal as you’d expect, and the Archive as soon as I am able to process the message. It’s a simple system that works very well; if not 99 times out of 100, at least 49 out of 50.

Social Media Time Management

Social Media Time Management (Photo credit: Claudio Vaccaro)

But all of this breaks down if you start using different devices to check your messages. On another computer without a mail client, you may have to check mail across two or more different web sites (e.g., Exchange and Gmail). Depending on where your to-do folders are stored, you may or may not have access to their contents. And if you’re unable to Archive, they will pile up faster than you can handle them.

Read more – > https://medium.com/mind-behavior-and-technology/2c88df04d0f9

 

 

Kindness Doesn’t Cost Much


The Act of Giving

 

 

On a daily basis, I try to maintain the idea that humans are not inherently cruel. I work to be kind to the people I come into contact with, whether it is a stranger, a friend, or a coworker. The golden rule we learned alongside building block towers and playing house still rings true: Treat people the way you want to be treated. I would like to think if I were hurting or hungry, that somebody would step up to bat for me.

 

Sometimes, I’m unfortunately reminded that humans have the power to be pitiless, distant, and extremely apathetic.

 

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human-shield-gaza (Photo credit: ` ³ok_qa³ `)

 

I found myself sitting on the ground somewhere in Queens, alone, exhausted, sweaty, and frustrated. I accidentally looked down at the wrong time on the subway, and before I knew it, the subway doors had closed and I missed my stop. Unsure of what else to do, I jumped off the subway at the next stop hoping it would be similar to taking the wrong exit; get off at the next exit and get back on the highway going the correct way.

 

Subways are not like highways.

 

When I exited the subway, I was hopeful that the entrance to the correct station would be close by. I had only been living in New York for one week, and I stood in the middle of nowhere, with no clue where to go. It had already been such a long day at work. I was lost, hungry, exhausted, and I just wanted to get home. Eventually, a kind stranger was able to direct me to the subway station and I was on my way back to Brooklyn in no time.

 

Read more – > https://medium.com/better-humans/11ccf8bbb531

 

 

Microsoft Could Bring Back The Start Menu In The Next Version Of Windows


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Microsoft watchers Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurrott recently detailed a number of changes that could be coming in the next major version of Windows, something that Foley is hearing called “Threshold.” It could be heading towards our waters in 2015.

Unsurprisingly, Threshold continues the trend of unification inside the Windows aegis. The platform becomes more tightly locked, with a common core sporting several faces, or SKUs. One, as described by Foley as “Modern,” is akin to Windows RT, and would focus on Windows Store apps.

Also potentially coming with Threshold is a “more traditional consumer SKU,” which would include “some semblance of productivity and familiarity with Windows.” That makes sense. And, finally, an enterprise facing SKU that would suit organizations of scale and their needs. This should all make sense, as the builds that Foley is describing mirror closely Windows 8.1 RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7.

Read more – > http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/09/microsoft-could-bring-back-the-start-menu-in-the-next-version-of-windows/

 

Staying Ahead of the Curve


Innovation isn’t a tactic. It’s a religion.

It’s not a method, it’s a mindset. Everybody’s looking for tactics, but it’s more about religion. So the reason my team and I stay ahead is that we’re built to stay ahead. We value the ROI that comes from the time we spend researching and pondering and debating and playing. We view that as a necessity. I don’t think a lot of people consciously value oxygen, but you need it to stay alive. That is how I look at innovation. In my opinion, Staying ahead is a requirement for being a successful business, so the reason that I stay ahead is that I allow myself to experiment with new platforms and do un-scalable stuff like spending 45 minutes sending Snapchats to everybody in my contacts because there is no “select all” button. I allow my employees to have that time playing, tinkering, experimenting, and debating. For example, when Vine came out, we basically shut down certain parts of VaynerMedia in order to get on top of the new app and really try our best to master it before anybody else. We’re in the business of always trying to put ourselves out of business.

Read more – > https://medium.com/the-entrepreneurs-journey/dda17727a2ca

 

From Server to CEO


10 Life Lessons I Learned From Working In Food Service

 

 

For a good portion of my early 20s, I waited tables and tended bar. I worked in a Middle Eastern deli, a greasy little breakfast joint, a trendy foodie hangout, a sushi bar and a particularly seedy location of a big Mexican chain. Little did I know that while I was pouring Long Islands and slinging chimichangas, I was also learning valuable lessons that I would use while building my career and my company.

 

1. Always greet people with a smile. No matter what might be going wrong or stressing you out, don’t bring it into every interaction. When serving, you have to create a positive experience for each table and each customer. That is, if you want to make a tip. Likewise in business, it’s a simple truth that people want to do business with people who bring good energy to the table.

 

2. Cover your co-worker’s shifts. When colleagues need help, help them. As we all know, business is about relationships. And social capital is pivotal in how business relationships work — you have to accrue capital to spend capital. You accrue it by being trustworthy and dependable and loyal. When you help people out, you are earning social capital that you can spend later as your relationships evolve. And you never really know when you’re going to need a favor.

 

found photo: business leaders

found photo: business leaders (Photo credit: squareintheteeth)

 

3. Math. Adding tabs and determining percentages (especially the allusive 20%) taught me math in a much more tangible way than any algebra class. When you can run the numbers and calculate on the fly, you win business. Period.

 

4. The art of the upsell. Upselling isn’t selling someone something they don’t need, it’s recognizing what will improve their experience. By understanding their needs and thinking quickly on your feet, you can offer them something valuable — like french fries instead of chips or that fancy whiskey instead of the rail stuff. In business, it’s seeing beyond the current conversation and finding the possibilities that will make your customer’s life better. When that happens, it’s a win for everyone.

 

5. How to hustle with grace. Screwed up orders and unhappy customers are part of the daily grind when you’re waiting tables. Sometimes you’re in the weeds for your entire shift. To manage these situations, you move quickly and make decisions on the fly, all with nimbleness, improvisation, and an eye on finding a solution. These same skills translate to remaining graceful under fire and calm in the face of stress. Confidence, that I feel and that others see in me, creates trust.

 

 

 

Read more – > https://medium.com/building-relationships/bfe8251f654f

 

 

 

Go Ahead, Blame the Internet for DC Shutdown (Hint: It’s Gerrymandering + Filter Bubble)


To understand the impact of the Internet, first look to game theory not psychology

 

 

Are you looking to blame the Internet for something? Forget what you’ve read in most popular media. It’s not making people more angry, narcissistic or lonely. But go ahead and blame it for the current dysfunction in DC. Along with gerrymandering, the internet is responsible for contributing to the conditions in which it makes sense for a small group of hardline Republican representatives to create gridlock and bring the government of the most powerful nation earth to a halt.

 

Where the Internet is stored

Where the Internet is stored (Photo credit: debs)

 

Not a week goes by in which a headline in a major new outlet doesn’t claim that the Internet turns us into something or other. The internet has been blamed for everything from stupidity to narcissism to loneliness to anger. When you dig down into such stories, you often find that the popular writers have either misunderstood the study—which often merely shows that the Internet reflects offline realities –or are cherry picking small, outlier studies while ignoring the preponderance of the research. (Yes, people who score high on offline narcissism scales behave in more narcissistic ways online. Yes, anger spreads more quickly online compared to other emotions. But guess what? Well-established research shows anger also spreads more quickly offline.) Overall, there is scant evidence, or reason, that the Internet alters fundamentals of human psychology.

 

The internet doesn’t change the players. It does, however, change the game. Sometimes, drastically.

 

In other words, if you want to understand what the Internet changes, look first to game theory, not psychology. We don’t have a different kind of human as a result of the Internet. We do, however, have different kinds of structures which change the games humans play in their social, personal and political lives.

 

Read more – > https://medium.com/technology-and-society/90d3613bed96