Archive for February, 2011

Montreal as the Next Open Source Hub?

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the distinction between innovation and intellectual property- through thought leadership, accelerators and a host of other implementations, will Montreal rise as being the leader in open source in the 21st Century?

Big companies in a tech sector help startups in a lot of ways. First, they're great opportunities for partnerships. Second, they make excellent acquirers. Finally, as executives in a big company hit a "glass ceiling", they tend to peel off and join or start new ventures.

We don't have one in Montreal. I don't think that's going to change soon, except if some of the current Open Source startups grow bigger.A(Source)

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Posted: February 25th, 2011
at 11:27am by mnp


Categories: business,development,entrepreneurship,trademark & copyright,open source

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So here is the scenario - you are smart, talented and ambitious. You abhor the corporate world. You have tons of creative ideas and obnoxious energy. You love tackling world-changing projects. You thrive in unstructured environments. Your risk tolerance is high and you handle uncertainty well. A You don't yet have your own world-changing idea, but you've figured out that you want to join a startup. ANow all you need to do is decide which startup to join.

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Posted: February 25th, 2011
at 10:16am by mnp


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The culture in Silicon Valley accepts, dare I say celebrates, failure. Believe it or not, having "battle scars" is a good sign for VCs & Entrepreneurs alike. If you want to get funded, this is a good indicator. If you’re an employee, all the better. As long as you don’t make the same mistake twice, you’re well on your path to success.

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Posted: February 25th, 2011
at 10:13am by mnp


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The conventional wisdom is that starting a web business is (at least) 10x less expensive today than it was 10-15 years ago. It's said that a decade ago, you needed millions of venture capital in order to launch an Internet startup whereas today, thanks to open-source software, cheap hardware and new ways to acquire users for free (in particular virally via Facebook/Twitter and with SEO via Google), you can do the same with a small fraction of that.

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Posted: February 25th, 2011
at 10:12am by mnp


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Don Valentine : Sequoia Capital

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Posted: February 25th, 2011
at 6:58am by mnp


Categories: development,entrepreneurship

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What’s New? : The Data Fountain

What's New? covering what's new in tech, this week looks at data fountains. In the hope of displaying implicit financial data, these dudes have come up with a new form of information decoration, in the form of fountains.

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Posted: February 24th, 2011
at 8:04pm by mnp


Categories: myninjaplease,green,weaponry,design,science,"ninja",internets,what's new?,trade

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If you value your relationships online, both personal and professional, it only makes sense to brush up on your knowledge of copyright, fair use, and hotlinking. In the name of being a good netizen, I am sure most of us can agree that copyright infringement and bandwidth theft are not the way to any website owner’s heart.

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Posted: February 24th, 2011
at 2:12pm by mnp


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One of the main reasons I like the Lean Startup philosophy is because it forces you to validate your beliefs constantly. And let’s be honest; unless you’ve been in a market for several years, you most certainly don’t know as much of what your clients want as you think you know.

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Posted: February 24th, 2011
at 2:11pm by mnp


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"When you share more, the world becomes more open and connected." The flip side is that as more and more of our personal information becomes available online, we are ever more vulnerable. Real friends are beyond price, and e-mail and social networks make it wonderfully easy for us to keep in touch, but not every "friend" is really a friend, and relying on the kindness of online strangers is most unwise.

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Posted: February 24th, 2011
at 2:09pm by mnp


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