The Friday Five
My title implies I've done this for a while. This is, however, the first "Friday Five." I hope to do this every Friday, and I expect that there will rarely ever be just five.
The links are in the blurb titles.
I was in my RSS Reader zipping past all of the articles promising "10 Secrets for..." when I was stopped by Clay Parker Jones saying, "I found four great 'N things I learned launching X startups' articles recently and I read them and pulled out my favorites for you."
I like that kind of meta-generosity.
I am not in startup space but seem to pay a lot of attention to the literature about them. It just seems that the startup is in a learning mode and I like to tag along. Also much of the learning is the common sense that leads to much success and, like much common sense, you don't pay attention to it or practice it until it's repeated for you in "10 secrets for..." And then you modify your approach for a couple days.
8. All startups are fucked in at least one major way. Keep going.
I think we use the term "white space" to imply a zone of things generally in-between, or places overlooked in the general dynamic of life, business, products, services, etc. We identify "white space" as the place where, on finally paying attention to its emptiness, we can contribute creativity, innovation, insight.
There are these spaces in between houses on one of the great canals of Amsterdam that an artist found recently, and used. Nice idea.
Detroit, always interesting, is now again the subject of a global fascination. If not assuming the city is dead, many are reading or hearing stories about the emergence of a young startup culture in the city.
This is usually accompanied by a descriptor of the city, emptied of population and in the process of self-demolition, as a "blank canvas." Josh Linkner objects, but accepts the notion of an "unfinished" canvas. He offers 4 elements including talent and space in his "paint-by-number guide" to success in the city.
For some reason everybody seems to be anticipating an imminent joblessness (and the destruction of the middle class) as a result of the cognitive and productive power of computers.
Tyler Cowen offers a bit of hope for certain personality types. Are you a "motivator"?
I have not yet made may way through this 7-part series on "making things people love." But in just the first of the sections, I was impressed with the generosity of the piece.
There's a lot here on product development, and a lot more if you take it as a model for thinking about what you know and offering it to others.
That's five. So I won't even mention the London high rise death ray nor suggest that you see if you, too, score in the top 1% in this quiz. And we'll save this thinking about smart cities for later commentary.