Building for the Long Term

My friend (& Horizon advisor) Shannon sent this article to me the other day. I love it. Particularly: What if, instead of focusing on exits, we focused on sticking around? What if the focus wasn’t on selling up and moving on, but instead was on handing down and passing on? Many entrepreneurs build companies because they see a financial opportunity. They fully expect to exit by selling the company. That’s fine of course. But that’s not me. The goal with Horizon is to build a long term company that is passed down to the next generation. Which, of course, is why that blog post resonates with me…and why Shannon sent it.

Posted In: Business, Community

Can Technology Make Someone More Empathetic?

empathy-and-compassion

From Wikipedia: Empathy is the capacity to understand what another person is experiencing from within the other person’s frame of reference, ie, the capacity to place oneself in another’s shoes From my perspective, increasing empathy is one of the most important aspects of improving the world. Without empathy, people are not likely to spend much time or money helping others. Without empathy, people will go on living their lives with no regard to others, shaming people left and right without regard to the damage that does. More cyberbullying. Humiliation. Shaming. See Monica Lewinsky’s TED talk on this topic: How do we increase empathy? Nicholas Kristof wrote about this topic earlier this year, saying: Let’s encourage student service … Continue reading

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Pando Interview with Stewart Butterfield

I’m simply bookmarking this for myself in a place I know I’ll watch it later… [via Pando]

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Media and Wasting Time

Seth Godin On Being

I agree with Seth on this… Just in time, mass media is going away too. Mass marketers don’t like this and they often don’t even see it. They’re struggling to turn Snapchat and Twitter and other sites into substitutes for TV, but it’s not working, because it’s an astonishing waste of attention. Yup, that’s the time suck economy at work.

Posted In: Social Media

Yelp Just Put the Nail in the Coffin of Path Talk

Yelp launches an app for local businesses…smart move. It’s focused on 3 things: Manage business presence from a phone Respond to customer questions Respond to customer reviews Looks like Path Talk (focused on responding to customer questions) will be on a slow demise. They are missing the most important aspect: scale.

Posted In: Mobile

LetsTRYKE, and More on The Long Tail of Ride Sharing

I agree with Nick Grossman, when he said “the long tail of ride sharing will be a big big thing”. Earlier this week, as a result of being one of the organizers for Startup Weekend Valparaiso and a friend’s project (Wilin) advancing to the Global Startup Battle champions track, I was browsing other finalists and came across LetsTryke (@letstryke). They didn’t win unfortunately, but that’s not the point. In my Why I’m Long Lyft post on GeekWire, I said: Lyft’s brand can support being the technology under the entire public transportation grid (including a massive peer-to-peer component that doesn’t exist today). LetsTRYKE in the Philippines is exactly the type of long tail opportunity that exists in the transportation market in the developing … Continue reading

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The Off Switch

I watched the video for The Off Switch when looking at the finalists for Global Startup Battle 2014: Our mission with Horizon is to get people off their computer/phone and go experience the world with their own two eyes. It should go without saying that anyone who shares the fundamental belief that nothing magical ever happens staring at your screen and is doing something about it (such as my friend Sloane working on DinnerMode), is someone I’m a fan/supporter of.

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