Archive for August, 2011

Why Software Is Eating The World

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Posted: August 22nd, 2011
at 4:34pm by mnp


Categories: computers

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The Living Dead Company

Depending on your perspective this is either a great outcome (a small, lifestyle, tech business) or a terrible outcome ("living dead" startup with little or no equity value).  VCs and hyperambitious founders think of companies that reach a certain scale, but never become a breakout success as the worst form of failure. Rather then fail fast and be able to move on to something else, the entrepreneur is locked into a company on a slow to nonexistent trajectory.  The company spins off enough cash to stay alive and pay salaries, but not enough to grow at a meaningful rate.  Additional funding is not available as the company is viewed as a small cash business.  The entrepreneur feels like she can never leave ("I owe it to the employees and investors to stick around") and the VCs are stuck with a board seat that takes up a big chunk of their time.

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Posted: August 22nd, 2011
at 4:34pm by mnp


Categories: blogs,entrepreneurship

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Reinventing the Shipping Container Part 10

Podponics, from Atlanta has recently raised $725,000 in seed funding to use recycled shipping containers (grow pods) to grow food hydroponically. This means no shipping costs and no wasted energy.

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Posted: August 22nd, 2011
at 8:54am by mnp


Categories: green,grub,entrepreneurship

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Food by Gotham Gal

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Posted: August 22nd, 2011
at 8:54am by mnp


Categories: grub

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Muzak Video Sunday 8.21.11

Gorillaz, Le Tigre, Raquel Welch, Beck, The Strokes

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Posted: August 21st, 2011
at 12:56pm by Black Ock

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Late Breakfast

*Yawn*… Just your regular old Octopus Eats Shark video.

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Posted: August 21st, 2011
at 11:28am by Black Ock


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Indian Startup Blogs

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Posted: August 21st, 2011
at 9:55am by mnp


Categories: blogs,entrepreneurship,lists

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Desktop Jellyfish Tank

What started out as an idea on kickstarter (a social venture capital raising website), a guy looking for about 3k in funding to realize a cheap version of a consumer jellyfish aquarium, now has garnered over 70k in funding. And I want one. Peep the video below.

I want anyone to be able to have their own pet jellyfish. Through Kickstarter, I’m proud to introduce the Desktop Jellyfish Tank. It’s the first affordable aquarium designed specifically for jellyfish and it’s as easy to maintain as a regular fish tank. Now Kickstarter donors can pre-order the first tanks that get produced.

Jellyfish can’t go in a regular fish tank because they get sucked into the filtration intakes and liquefied. I started a business called Jellyfish Art experimenting with different tank designs in my cousin’s garage until I figured out how to retrofit an existing fish tank to be suitable for jellyfish. It was a challenging and lengthy process, but it allowed me to start selling the first edition desktop tanks online at jellyfishart.com. Lots of people loved these tanks, but I still wanted a design I could control from the bottom up that would be specifically designed for jellyfish. Now after spending a year developing prototypes, I’m proud to finally launch this new Desktop Jellyfish Tank. It comes with everything you need to get started and Kickstarters have the chance to place pre-orders at a discounted price by donating $350. Kickstarters get a voucher worth $50 redeemable towards jellyfish and food from our website. .::Check it out::.

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Posted: August 20th, 2011
at 10:34am by Black Ock


Categories: home,design

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Having a cocktail and a half in my system definitely calmed my brain down. I didn’t panic. I kept repeating the mantra "you are not going to die." I thought back to my days working in a restaurant in NYC and the Heimlich Maneuver poster that hung in the back. My gay co-worker used to always joke with my about how romantic he thought the Heimlich Maneuver was. "You’re choking, and some big, strong, man pops out of nowhere and rescues you. It’s like a modern day fairy tale." #storytime @Goodfood

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Posted: August 20th, 2011
at 10:29am by Black Ock


Categories: the column,reading is fun-damental

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