Startup Ideas We’d Like to Fund

Un articol in spiritul afirmatiilor pe care le-am facut referitoare la nevoia de inovatie si depasirea tentatiilor de copiere. Poate cele cateva idei expuse vor trezi spiritul creator latent. 
Startup Ideas We’d Like to Fund
Paul Graham
July 2008

When we read Y Combinator applications there are always ideas we’re
hoping to see. In the past we’ve never said publicly what they
are. If we say we’re looking for x, we’ll get applications proposing
x, certainly. But then it actually becomes harder to judge them:
is this group proposing x because they were already thinking about
it, or because they know that’s what we want to hear?

We don’t like to sit on these ideas, though, because we really want
people to work on them. So we’re trying something new: we’re going
to list some of the ideas we’ve been waiting to see, but only
describe them in general terms. It may be that recipes for ideas
are the most useful form anyway, because imaginative people will
take them in directions we didn’t anticipate.

Please don’t feel that if you want to apply to Y Combinator, you
have to work on one of these types of ideas. If we’ve learned
nothing else from doing YC, it’s how little we know. Many of the
best startups we’ve funded, like Loopt,
proposed things we’d never considered. 

Read the ideeas here …..

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Prezentare Clay Shirky la Web 2.0 Expo SF 2008


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I love

Pentru toti cei care lucreaza cu companii de design/agentii de publicitate/sau similar le recomand cu caldura urmatoarea aplicatie on-line 
au o versiune gratuita care te ajuta pentru un proiect dar heavy-user-ii pot sa opteze pentru un abonament.
Serviciul permite colaborari directe pe imagini, cu chat si notificari de revizii. Aduce un excelent user experience si scurteaza extraordinar timpul alocat discutiilor pe marginea fiecarui concept.
Este adevarat ca mai exista si alte servicii similare dar mi s-a parut cel mai versatil si cu cea mai buna valoare pentru banii cheltuiti pe el (mi-am facut ugrade :D )
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how about a tattoo ?

Manafu vorbea despre stickere pe laptop-uri.  As putea spune ca sunt cu un pas inainte. Eu mi-am tatuat atat telefonul cat si laptopu-ul.
Design unic. Calitate super :D
Anyone ?
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Incepand de astazi 19 Iunie, serviciul este disponibil si in reteaua COSMOTE, NETOPIA fiind momentan singurul integrator agreeat de catre acest operator. Toate serviciile existente in au fost actualizate automat, astfel ca, de la acest moment, utilizatorii COSMOTE, indiferent daca au cartela reincarcabila sau abonament, pot sa comande fara probleme.
Multumim partenerilor pentru suport.
Multumim COSMOTE !

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Firefox 3.0

Firefox 3.0 a iesit din beta si se prezinta publicului. Cu 18% marketshare pana la acest moment,  FireFox mai are mult de munca pana la a deveni o alternativa redutabila la IExplorer (care se pregateste de versiunea 8, anuntata in beta pentru august).
In perioada in care totul migreaza spre on-line (cloudware/onlineware) [the network is the computer] razboiul browserelor este extrem de important. Portabilitatea, compatibilitatea dar si performanta isi vor spune cuvantul. Este important sa fim si noi pregatiti.
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planurile noastre nu se refera doar la romania . daca am reusit aici putem reusi oriunde. ca urmare va deveni in foarte scurt timp.
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mesh pe google maps

in cazul in care doriti sa conduceti o masina/un autobuz/tir de la bucuresti la vladivostok fara sa va miscati de la birou aveti acum posibilitaea. gratie unui mesh de google maps. 
Geoquake the 2D drive simulator. o idee excelenta
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iPhone 3G a fost lansat

Disponibil incepand cu 11Iulie. Interesant ca pret dar nu neaparat la functionalitati.
Doua culori (alb si negru) , formatul iPodTouch , fara camera frontala dar cu gps si 3G.
Dupa mine MobileMe imi care o idee interesanta de urmarit.
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Bob Parsons – 16 reguli

Bob Parsons credits 16 rules for propelling him from humble youth to his role today as CEO and Founder of
1. Get and stay out of your comfort zone.
I believe that not
much happens of any significance when we’re in our comfort zone. I hear
people say, "But I’m concerned about security." My response to that is
simple: "Security is for cadavers."

2. Never give up.
Almost nothing
works the first time it’s attempted. Just because what you’re doing
does not seem to be working, doesn’t mean it won’t work. It just means
that it might not work the way you’re doing it. If it was easy,
everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn’t have an opportunity.

3. When youre ready to quit, youre closer than you think.
There’s an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so
true. It goes like this: "The temptation to quit will be greatest just
before you are about to succeed."

4. With regard to whatever worries you, not
only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to
quantify what the worst thing could be.

Very seldom will the
worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of "undefined
consequences." My father would tell me early on, when I was struggling
and losing my shirt trying to get Parsons Technology going, "Well,
Robert, if it doesn’t work, they can’t eat you."

5. Focus on what you want to have happen.
Remember that old saying, "As you think, so shall you be."

6. Take things a day at a time.
No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through it if
you don’t look too far into the future, and focus on the present
moment. You can get through anything one day at a time.

7. Always be moving forward.
stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new.
The moment you stop improving your organization, it starts to die. Make
it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way.
Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen. Small daily improvements
eventually result in huge advantages.

8. Be quick to decide.
what General George S. Patton said: "A good plan violently executed
today is far and away better than a perfect plan tomorrow."

9. Measure everything of significance.
I swear this is true. Anything that is measured and watched, improves.

10. Anything that is not managed will deteriorate.
If you want to uncover problems you don’t know about, take a few
moments and look closely at the areas you haven’t examined for a while.
I guarantee you problems will be there.

11. Pay attention to your competitors, but pay more attention to what youre doing.
When you look at your competitors, remember that everything looks
perfect at a distance. Even the planet Earth, if you get far enough
into space, looks like a peaceful place.

12. Never let anybody push you around.
In our society, with our laws and even playing field, you have just as
much right to what you’re doing as anyone else, provided that what
you’re doing is legal.

13. Never expect life to be fair.
Life isn’t fair. You make your own breaks. You’ll be doing good if the
only meaning fair has to you, is something that you pay when you get on
a bus (i.e., fare).

14. Solve your own problems.
You’ll find that by coming up with your own solutions, you’ll develop a
competitive edge. Masura Ibuka, the co-founder of SONY, said it best:
"You never succeed in technology, business, or anything by following
the others." There’s also an old Asian saying that I remind myself of
frequently. It goes like this: "A wise man keeps his own counsel."

15. Dont take yourself too seriously.
Lighten up. Often, at least half of what we accomplish is due to luck.
None of us are in control as much as we like to think we are.

16. Theres always a reason to smile.
Find it. After all, you’re really lucky just to be alive. Life is
short. More and more, I agree with my little brother. He always reminds
me: Were not here for a long time, were here for a good time!

Copyright 2005-2007 Bob Parsons. All rights reserved. 

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