Sunday, December 5, 2010

What are the characteristic of a leader?

I have seen this movie and was very inspired by it, I showed it to my wife and asked what she think about him, she said: "Nice guy, seems very smart and that he achieved some things in life, who is it?" and I said this is the "legendary investor Warren Buffett", a man whos fothern is estimated at 45 billion dolars, and a notable philanthropist, having pledged to give away 99 percent of his fortune to philanthropic causes!

This is my example of a leader...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

What is the DNA of a startup CEO / Lead entrepreneur?

Well, I don't think there is such a thing, if there were, then entrepreneurship will be easy :)

I believe that action speaks louder then words and that with success no one can argue, so what makes a good CEO... a LEADER, who just do it and curve step by step to create a reality from a vision...

A leader - and leadership cant be learned but earned :)

gr8 quotes and video inside from Naval from VentrureHacks, Art Williams and more...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Blogosphere market stats - how big and profitable it is?

As you know, I am passionate about social media and blogging, and I think that this is a big growing fast market who is starting to become profitable...

Often people tell me that the professional blogging world is not big enough or profitable, so here are
some facts to show the world that its big and profitable and growing fast, really fast...

But how big it really is, and how much money we can find there? in this post you will read some interesting facts...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, how to make it simple?

  • "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."  ~Albert Einstein
  • "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."  ~Leonardo DaVinci 
  • "How many things are there which I do not want."  ~Socrates 
    We all know the Pareto principle (also known as the 80-20 rule,  the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparsity) states that,  for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.

    For example:  80% of the users use 20% of the product feature set, 80% of all cars drive on 20% of the more...

    Wednesday, June 30, 2010

    What are the recommended inspiration books for entrepreneurs ?

    Lately I found myself reading a lot... Or, more correct hearing a lot, I am a HUG fan of audiobooks, I mostly use you must try, it's a life changing experiance to hear a books, suddently I can't wait to go shopping, since I can hear Seth Godin (@ThisIsSethsBlog) or Chris Brogan(@chrisBrogan) or  Malcolm Gladwell (@gladwell) talks to me for an hour :) Yap, most of the times the book author reads his own book, so he pays special attention to intonation and pass a message as reading....full list below...

    Thursday, June 24, 2010

    When to quit ? When to stick?

    "Pain is nothing, compared to what it feels like to quit"

    This post was inspired by Seth Godin (@@ThisIsSethsBlog) (books: "The dip", "Linchpin"), Art Williams (Just do it Speach) and  Richard Branson (@richardbranson)... with such a great team we can't lose :)

    Include two great videos and quotes...

    Tuesday, June 15, 2010

    Pivoting... a key sucess factor for startups, but when and why ?

    There are several great posts about pivoting, for example:
    In order to pivot you need to let go of the old and focus on the new, no one knows if the new is better then the old, and its hard making a decision that may turn bad on more and hear a gr8 movie...

    Monday, May 10, 2010

    How to build a successful software company: vision, pivot, team harmony, tight feedback loop.

    “A startup is a human institution designed to deliver a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty.” (Eric Ries

    Most Internet consumer startps fail! (over 95% of them :( ) Imagine the process: get an idea, passionately find co-founders and recruit a team, start building a product, start engaging with customers, build business plan, financial reports, establish a company, bootstrap your way, somehow financial getting by while keep on passionately believe in the vision and pump it up to the team, pivot all the time from the original plan believe in your to gut feeling and team feedback's... then raise seed funding, then maybe round A and then FAIL :( ... like most startups... include 2 great success stories, videos and more more...

    Saturday, May 1, 2010

    Smile to the world, and the world will smile to you, help others and they will help of life!

    We all grow and learn from others success - i think it will make us more successful.

    Sometime we may think that a competitor/other company progress is bad for our company. I don't, at the end of the day, any progress that happen in the startup world had a direct connection to other startups success.

    The more that we help others to succeed, we grow ourselves and make us more successful.

    Look at investments for example, the more startup will succeed, the more investments will come, when and internet startup will get an IPO (FB, twitter ...? ) then more VC money will come, more money will be direct to the industry, attracting better people, create new initiatives, adding new angle investors and provide to the end users more selection to choose from, ultimately adding more consumers to each industry.

    here is a small example of how i promote Balsamiq Mockups (Balsamiq page), note that this video was seen by almost 2000 people, i hope it added new clients to Balsamiq :)

    So Smile to the world, and the world will smile to you, help others and they will help of life.

    Wednesday, April 7, 2010

    The Mindset of a Winner: what get's you out of bed after you succeed once?

    Success is a journey, filled with endless opportunities and challenges.

    The uniqueness is what makes the different, and the difference is made by passionate people doing what they are in love with.

    Seth Godin explains why being exactly like every one else is not the way to go, and its all about taking another ski slope down the mountain before the day ends:

    "Just like skiing, the goal is not to get to the button of the hill, the goal is to have a bunch of good runs before the end of the day." Seth Godin
    ... That's what life is, a serious of good runs down the ski hill, time after time after time...

    So what is your passion? what will get you out of bed after you succeed once, and twice and so on...

    Saturday, February 27, 2010

    "People don't know what they want" ?

    "People don't know what they want" (10:20) - People won't tell you what they want, its a mystery! People should be provided with the right choices that will lead them to happiness.

    The one and only Malcolm Gladwell, talks about the nature of choice and happiness.

    Another key message is the power of horizontal segmentation in consumer products - different kind of product to provide value to specific people -- "human variability"

    We see it a lot in products, give people what they need, not what they want..

    If you would ask people if the next big thing is going to be micro-blogging they would say no way, we have SMS, we have blogs, we have mails, why do we need a micro-blog that contain only 140 characters to communicate with others? pitching it to investors will problem fail as well... but.. people use it and use it a lot sine they suddenly understood - i need a marketing tool to get the msg across fast, to the point and to my community of followers.

    Thursday, February 18, 2010

    Do the right thing!

    On my last trip to the US i was in NY, for the WEB 2.0 Expo I heard Tim O'Reilly Keynote, talking about the web and core players influences.

    I will love to see a world of unified apps and real ecosystem mashup.

    Web 2.0 Expo NY 09: Tim O'Reilly, "The O'Reilly Radar":

    there is a great post by Mark Suster: talking about apple "dominance in mobile is not good for the industry." which made me think about apps and their influences in a large scale.

    Companies spend millions on apps like maps,cloud computing, smart mails, search engines, mobile phones, speech recognition, picture recognition, automated translation, online docs,search books and Google give it for FREE, and as we speak on day 1 Google buzz is bigger then twitter.

    Its not science fiction to hear that Google just launched a satellite to space in order to provide wireless high speed internet :).. and for free :) to anyone uses Google.

    Microsoft dominates the world and got sued, Google dominates the world and i love them, i use all of their products and services. but the big question is, on the long term is Google like companies are good for the industry, entrepreneurs, businesses etc. i think that we have not seen many IPO's in the past years since big cooperation's simple "changed the game" (like Chris Brogan likes to say), which eventually causes less investments in the industry since in 5-7 years you cant see companies grow, its much more likely to get an exit.

    Lets hope to see a vision that one day the internet will look like this:

    When think of innovations, apps and life, we should do the right thing... who knows where it will lead us, make our own game:
    "Do the right thing. you will gratify some people, and astonish the rest."
    -Mark Twain

    Thursday, January 28, 2010

    Convert vision into reality with product/ technology/ Team and Customers

    Apple was established on April 1, 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne.

    Now 30 years later apple is an enterprise of innovation and creativity, that its visions of standing in the crossroads of Technology and Liberal Art stood in the test of time.

    A person vision that converts into reality in his lifetime is simply divine! so unique you can compare it to a sun eclipse of rain of meteors (it happens, but there must be a 3rd party involved :) )

    I believe that the visionary ability to execute his vision lay in his team, people who help him speak the language and make the vision a reality.

    A lot has been said about Steve Jobs, mostly that he his an hard man to work with a "my way or the highway" kind of guy... but what can you expect from a man, that 30 years ago dreamed of something that others could not conceive ?

    Not to say that this is the only way, look for example the CEO and Founder of Amazon Jeff Bezos who founded amazon in 1994, and I am sure that 20 years from today will release the first human robot or something like that :)

    Vision execution is unique, ones who got the gift of doing so should apply it to make the world a better place, and enrich other people's life in the process

    Saturday, January 2, 2010

    Stay hungry, Stay fullish! a mantra by Steven Paul Jobs

    Stay hungry, Stay fullish! a mantra by Steven Paul Jobs

    An amazing movie by Steve Jobs, it seems like he made all the amazing thinks just so we could listen to this 15 min presentation about the meaning of life:) my friends, i strongly suggest to listen and get some inspiration

    1. Connecting the dots...and follow your passion.
    2. love and lost, lightness of being a beginner , don't lose faith, love what you do!.
    3. death - life's greatest invention, life change agent.