But while I'm okay with being an introvert, I can't deny that it has its downsides. It's generally harder for us to build and then maintain relationships, particularly over time and distance. We tend to fall out of touch, even with people we care about. We often miss out on valuable networking opportunities.AThis is the sixth commandment, for myself, the introverts, and those extroverts who need a little reminder:AConnect, reconnect and introduce.
108.616 million people in America are either unemployed, underemployed or "Not in the labor force". This represents 45.5% of working age Americans. A If you count the "Part time employed for non-economic reasons", you get 126.8 million Americans who are unemployed, underemployed, working part time or "Not in the labor force". That represents 53% of working age Americans. A So only 47% of working age Americans have full time jobs. While the official unemployment rate is 9.4%. Something’s missing somewhere.
Fred Wilson and I, on the way back from an Etsy board meeting, were talking about how many entrepreneurs had dropped out of college. Rob Kalin, Etsy’s founder, never finished college. Evan Williams, Biz Stone, Jack Dorsey — the founders of Twitter — are not college graduates. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, is another dropout. And of course Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. As an angel investor, I’ve invested in two college dropout founders this month. What gives?
College works on the factory model, and is in many ways not suited to training entrepreneurs. You put in a student and out comes a scholar.
Entrepreneurship works on the apprenticeship model. The best way to learn how to be an entrepreneur is to start a company, and seek the advice of a successful entrepreneur in the area in which you are interested. Or work at a startup for a few years to learn the ropes. A small number of people — maybe in the high hundreds or low thousands — have the knowledge of how to start and run a tech company, and things change so fast, only people in the thick of things have a sense of what is going on. Take a few years off and you’re behind the times. Some publishers have askedAChris to collate his blog posts on entrepreneurship into a book, but he said, What’s the point, it’d be out of date by the time it hit the bookstores.
A biker named Jeremie is blogging about his cycling around the world trip at - Blaisingsaddles
Given the web's hybrid nature, how to can we teach people to make best use of this distributed hypermedia system? That's what I've been trying to do, in one way or another, for many years. It's been a challenge to label and describe the principles I want people to learn and apply. I've used the termsAcomputational thinking,AFourth R principles, and most recently Mark Surman's evocativeAthinking like the web.
For now, terms like eCommerce and AppCommerce provide us with useful bridges to represent new ways of conducting business. However, just like we can foresee a day when there will no longer be the need to differentiate between clean energy and "non-clean" energy, because the two have become synonymous, we expect a similar future for mobile commerce and "non-mobile" - you won't have one without the other… app-centric commerce will be assumed as the natural way we conduct business.
And as soon as any business hits on that then they've got something they need to protect. And that makes change really difficult. All that promise and innovation and game-changing energy is suddenly anchored by the need to retain that success factor a that thing they've worked so hard for for so long. AThat's why any successful business is a legacy business. AThere is one thing which will prevent this, and that's if the business is explicitly designed to continually change. Otherwise even very young companies will find they're facing similar problems to very old ones.
The 10 steps:
Know what a startup is
Have a relevant reason for being in Japan, and always evaluate location
Use the culture, learn the language
Learn to straddle timezones
Don't worry about the local economy
Figure out how to raise money
Create a hiring strategy
Consider creating a US entity