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  • John Erik 11:53 am on March 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: General, purpose   

    Life purpose 

    I don’t understand. We have to have a greater life purpose. What is it with goals? They just make my life go by faster cause I can’t wait to get to the next one or set a harder one. They make me envious of others. Make me competitive. Meh. We have to have a purpose to compare our actions, our goals, our thoughts against. I wonder if I would feel comfortable being like Al Gore? Dedicating my life to global warming. That must feel good.  I think of movies first, actually. Movies like Slumdog Millionare that make a difference. That bring awareness to issues that often remains unspoken, in the shadows, or just not a part of average western awareness. Those are the kinds of movies, the kind of creations that inspire me. How does this relate to purpose. I don’t know. Do I make it my life purpose to make a movie that can have the impact that Slumdog does? No, don’t think so. But maybe. Perhaps it’s like work. Just do _something_ and from that you will learn. Pick a purpose. Run with that to your heart’s content. Be bold with that purpose. Be strong. And should that quest, that journey, that life mission lead you to a new purpose that may seem a better fit for you, go for it. Adjust your focus and never look back. Be bold and embrace your cause once again. …is this how we lead a life of meaning? Perhaps this is just like a game. Making life a game to be played. Creating finish lines and obstacles on our way. What is a purpose?

    I Wanted To Change The World
    By Unknown Monk, 1100 A.D.

    When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.

    I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.

    When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.

    Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.

    When I think about this I just think about my family. Perhaps what I need to do is forget all this and just go to them. Position myself where I can just be near them all. I don’t know. …
    Posted from my iPhone at 2am.
    Edit: inserted poem.
     
    • Will 9:36 pm on March 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Good quote, thanks for sharing, John.

    • Trey Philips 6:32 pm on March 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Friends are family, too. :)

      Asking what life's meaning or purpose 'is', as if it has a specific one, probably doesn't have an answer. It would be pretty supernatural if it did.

      If you want happiness/fulfillment, I would suggest just enjoying your time here on earth. If you want to change the world, I'd agree with the monk. Try and be a good person. Spread the love. Figure out your passions (this may take a while). Pursue them in accordance with morality.

      Wish I could say more but this one will take a while to think about. :)

    • Nev 8:44 pm on March 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      When asked about the purpose of life, Einstein thought for a moment and replied, “We are here to serve.”

    • Nev 7:43 pm on April 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Oh by the way…this is one of my favorite answers to the “why are we here” questions:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MmpUWEW6Is

    • davidlano 10:40 am on April 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      John,

      Excellent post. I think Passion and Play have a lot to do with our overall purpose. I like to look back on my childhood and remember what I considered play, then adapt that with my current passions.

      It may seem kinda opposite of purpose at first, but I think both play/passion and purpose have a lot in common. Instinctively we (some people) think of purpose as some sort of hum drum responsibility to do something that may have a good overall goal, but isn't really all that attractive to the doer. I think it's quite the opposite.

      Our play/passion will naturally result in our life purpose.

    • larry 11:49 pm on April 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      odd coincindence – i used the same quote 6 days ago on an internal blog
      guess our minds intersected the same thought trail ;-)

    • johnerik 11:10 am on April 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Adding this comment to my Notebook. ;)

      Seriously, Trey well said. Thanks man.

    • DP 5:34 am on May 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I absolutely love that story – I actually shared it at TxV's Fall 2008 inductions… I never knew who it was by. Thank you for that.

      your blog speaks of questions i've been pondering as well…
      What's neat is everyone has a unique way of answering the question – and what I want to describe as life's purpose is to me exactly what you described, just with different words.

      I'm in an interesting time now – have busted my butt since I can remember towards things I want, and some things I was told I needed to do… like get straight A's, or get a job. And between balancing things, I believe I've royally failed – over and over again, month after month, week after week, ending in dissatisfaction and usually depression. of course there are good days, but when you're in the habit of being burnt out or burning out… your burnt out lol

      I've been told life's purpose is to enjoy it, to seek relief, to just be in the moment, worryless, fearless, completely allowing myself to be all that life has cause me to want and be in this very moment. (it is interesting how the english language has so many tenses of time.. past, present, future – when the Native Americans have mostly here and now.)

      After TRYING to apply this idea of the purpose of life to CURRENT ambitions – it only worked temporarily, and then old habits took over and the feeling burnt out came again and again.

      from this, I deduced – my life's purpose is what brings ME joy – and to wrap everything else around that. My greatest joy is lifting people's spirits up through music, teaching, jokes, encouragement, or even a simple 'you're awesome' – and when I think of getting a business degree so that I can simply do that to all of my future employees daily, suddenly studying for accounting becomes more of a joy than it was.

      So now, for me, my purpose is to ponder on what I want and follow that – just as you said above – and just see where it takes me. Setting goals helps guide me, but its journey towards it, not the actual achieving it, that is the purpose – so I've been told.
      –”so much deliciousness in the wanting.” when i'm believing I can have what I'm wanting – it feels good… and that's my goal now, to just enjoy the wanting of everything i've ever wanted – my dreams, my current ambitions, and some of them UT girls. ;) etc….

      i dont' know why i'm writing this – it is very odd that I even found this post – I went from txv's twitter to yours, to melissa's, back to your's, then your think27, and randomly to tumblr, and then to here – as if the word and meaning of purpose has drawn me like a magnet.

      Lastly – I love Warren Buffet's basic strategy for success –> jump on the opportunities as they come. His mindset is incredible “The fundamentals are in place to take us higher” – “we run Berkshire as if there is no better creditor”

      it is certainly fun to dream of being the next Warren Buffet or Herb Kelleher – why not? I'm learning quickly there's no harm in wanting and dreaming – and things are in place for life to get much better.

      D

    • DP 5:38 am on May 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      what a great answer, thanks for this Nev.
      D

    • Dorset web design 2:19 pm on May 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I believe that everybody is born to serve a purpose on this Earth. My question is: how do you find out your life's purpose? I have no direction and have been lost and bored with myself for years. I would really like to find out what I'm supposed to be doing with my life. If I were to die now I would have nothing to show for it! I need a higher calling. How do I find it?

    • DP 6:52 pm on May 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      try some reflection -
      right after you wake up in the morning, i find that the mind is much more quiet and clear.

      try waking up 10 – 15min. earlier, just sit up against a pillow, close your eyes and just breath. Get nice and relaxed, just breath, deeply and slowly.

      And then, open your eyes, take out a sheet of paper with these questions at the top, (and some of your own), read the first one, and see what comes to mind. – i suggest writing out the answers that come in a journal.

      -why am I here?

      -What do I enjoy most?

      -what are my stengths?

      -what are some of my fears?

      ——————these are just suggestions.
      a couple points that I've come to understand – i have much to learn AND everyone comes from a different perspective, so take what resonates with you…

      —————–our purpose, from my understanding, is to simply follow what brings us inner joy. Purpose, to me, is discovered while living IN the moment, rather than figured out by thinking about it. I haven't a clue exactly where I'll be in 10 years or what I'll be doing, but I do know what i LOVE doing. -

      —————-inner joy, as i've experienced it, stems from 4 sources –
      1. Things I normally enjoy, talking with family, hanging with friends, eating bbq chips, drinking red wine

      2. Selfless Things I'm wanting to achieve – establishing an elite entrepreneur network at UT, sharing with people the experience of CUTCO products, significantly impacting the lives of those close to me

      3. Selfish things I want in my life – a new saxophone, 2000 in savings, acoustic electric guitar, pay off wells fargo loans

      4. Acting towards – Feeling Good about – Acting out of belief towards what I'm wanting — holding Texas Ventures meetings, throwing events, booking CUTCO presentations, taking a percentage of what i make and saving it.

      so my purpose is to enjoy and love what ever it is im' doing – and that currently is Texas Ventures, CUTCO, UT Business School, and Daily Personal Development, and close Family and friends.

      ——————-actions, feelings, thoughts stem from either love or fear. To begin facing my fears, I become aware of them – (what are some of my fears?) anytime I feel uncomfortable about anything, i'm now aware there's a fear at the core of it.

      ——————–i don't have to FIGURE anything out – my limiting fears, my purpose in life, etc to enjoy life, to follow my passions. Because I've found that when I'm in a state of relief, joy, having fun, and believing — i'm discovering my purpose every step of the way.

      so to me, a purpose isn't something you FIGURE out cognitively, rather its something you ALLOW yourself to discover while following your bliss

      ____________________________-___________
      So then back to your initial belief – As I understand it, our purpose is what brings us inner joy. And I do believe that everyone here on earth who you see following a “purpose” or becoming something admirable, is simply following what he or she enjoys at heart and is passionate about. And notice how many different passions there are!

      Hope this helps (you can tell that something I'm deeply passionate about is unleashing the potential of others and myself – simply bringing relief to my friends to just TRUST in the proess of life as it unfolds and focus on ENJOYING the now has worked so far. still much to learn)

    • briceachang 1:56 am on May 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

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    • DustyReagan 4:21 am on July 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Life is meaningless. Do whatever you want to do. If you want to be ambitious, be ambitious. If you want to be hedonistic, be hedonistic. But understand, who you are, and be happy. Everyone is different, and everyone decides for themselves what they want to do with their lives. It's all about perspective. Don't concern yourself with “the meaning of life.” Figure out what you want to live for and do that.

      In the grand scheme of the universe we're a bunch of really fucking smart, but really fucking insignificant monkeys. Other animals have to worry about survival. We (as humans) have the luxury of sitting around wondering what we should do with our lives, because we're bored. (We got the survival thing licked.) Enjoy the free time. Have a statue made in your honor, or live a peaceful life with your family. It's all the same to the universe.

      PS. I'm a humanist. I live to see the scientific and cultural advancement of my race (aka: the human race). Is there a point to it? Not really. But I think it's a worthwhile effort, and it makes me proud. We are some magnificent monkeys! :) No need to be modest.

    • IPO 10:12 am on August 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      That is really very thoughtful point that you have noted here, I would start changing myself for the better of others.

  • John Erik 1:31 pm on October 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: General   

    New Austin Startup – QikCom, Travis VanderZanden 

    The founder of QikCom.com just swung into Conjunctured. Travis VanderZanden is a really nice guy. He just moved here from San Diego 8 months ago and has been bootstrapping his startup since May.

    Glad to have him in Austin.  Welcome Travis.

    QikCom is looking to  hire PHP developers asap (plus for interface design experience) and perhaps some Rails guys. Hit ‘em up if that sounds like you thing. Full time and contract. Travis@qikcom.com

    What is QikCom? At first glance it’s Yammer (newsfeed/twitter for groups), and a little more. Two cools things: 1.) all security features are free (this is where Yammer is hoping to monetize) and 2.) add-ons can install on-top of the app — not sure how all this is going towork API-wise, but he’s definitely thinking.

    UPDATE: QikCom was acquired by Yammer in early 2009.

     
    • David Moore 1:02 am on January 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Nice. Welcome Travis!

    • L.j. 12:34 am on January 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Mr. John Metcalf, looked @ your Conjuncture bio and out of the 4 of you young men that have started this business enterprise may I say congratulations or “Mozel Tov ! “. The reason I've selected you to maybe share this with the rest of your co-workers next time you meet over a cup of coffee or perhaps a stronger after-work drink in celebration of your definite pending success . It did my heart good to discover your site and read about you after a night of studying with my rabbi on Shabbat evening (Saturday) . I have two son's about your ages and it's very interesting to hear what your doing for the community and I'm sure your labor and efforts will NOT go unrewarded…as long as you operate it as men of integrity and “reason together”…maybe some day when you see a old senior citizen among your meetings listening and smiling I'm sure you'll realize it might just be me. Shalom, my very inspiring entrepreneurs and may the YAHWEH of Avraham,Jacov, and Isaac richly bless your endeavors and give you guidance and shalom ! (peace)…L.j. Siebeneicher steward of ” the EnCrafted Word ” in Austin,Texas @ 10:37 p.m. on 1/24/09

    • slots 1:15 am on February 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting new company. Thanks for the information.

  • John Erik 1:38 am on September 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cerego, DEMO, DEMO conference, General, iknow, , , San Diego   

    First night at DEMOfall08 

    Bryan Solis and Nova Spivack – chatting with the Cerego guys about the Singularity Summit and the SciVestor Workshop

    San Diego is such a great city. I’m excited to be here at the DEMO conference. Melissa and I registered tonight and ended up hanging out for much longer than we had originally planned. We just kept seeing great people! Particularly the guys from Cerego.

    Combining cognitive science with the social and collaborative structure of the web, Cerego empowers people to learn faster, remember longer, and manage their knowledge.

    They run http://iKnow.co.jp. I haven’t played around too much with the service, but from talking with Andrew, Eric, and Kirk, I’m sold. Looking forward to really checking it out — they have a quarter million users in Japan and are now starting to opening up to the english speaking world. Their demo is Tuesday, right before Nova’s panel.

    More to come! :)

     

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    • Amanda S Kelly 1:37 am on September 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      john erik its amanda “buffum” kelly ive been tring to find you for 3 almost 4 years

    • johnerik 7:15 pm on September 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      whoa. sent you a message on FB.

  • John Erik 2:26 pm on August 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: General   

    Test post from Posterous.com 

    oh hai. i iz a robut from outtr sp4ce

    Posted by email from johnerik’s posterous

     
  • John Erik 9:42 am on August 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Boston Massachusetts, , , , General, jelly, , , , Silicon Valley, South by Southwest, Startup company, Texas,   

    Coworking, Conjunctured, Startup District Q&A 

    Despite being the second largest state, Texas ...Image via Wikipedia

    This Q&A was originally for KXAN when they covered Conjunctured last month. Some events and references have already past.

    Q: What exactly is coworking? And can you tell me a little bit about its history?

    A: Coworking is not a new concept; it’s essentially just people sitting next to each other and working. The new part is the community that’s built around that concept, and that using the word “coworking” suggests a feeling and an action.

    Coworking as we now know it started in San Francisco about 4 years ago. Reaching critical mass around 2000, the number of independent workers (freelancers, web entrepreneurs) increased like crazy. Thus, more and more people were working alone -in their apartment or perhaps in coffee shops, but still alone.

    Saying “I’m coworking” became a way for people to talk to each other at coffee shops. People such as Chris Messina, who co-founded Citizen Space in San Francisco, soon realized that a coffee shop or someone’s home was not going to cut it. And coworking spaces were born.

    Q: How long have you been working towards this goal of creating a coworking space? When did you originally have the idea?

    A: In Austin, the idea for a coworking came out of a “Jelly.” Jelly, a term coined by NYC coworker Amit Gupta in 2006, are weekly coworking sessions. Dusty Reagan (founder of Austin’s Jelly movement), David Walker, and Cesar Torres and I realized after a couple weeks of Jellying that this was something special, and that as independent business owners we could benefit from this type of environment everyday.

    During SXSWi 2008 we solidified our decision to create a coworking space, as we were able to talk to so many other founders of coworking spaces.

    Using social media tools like Twitter and Facebook, we went about creating a list of people who liked the idea of having a coworking space in Austin. Over 200 people are on the list. From there, we asked those with the most serious interest to fill out a questionnaire. We asked question like: What part of town? How much would you want to pay? How soon do you need space? Do you want a permanent desk?

    We’ve bootstrapped the coworking space from the very beginning. 50 people filled out this form. With that knowledge, we started the hunt for a space that would appeal to what our community told us they wanted. It turned out to be challenging, because there is such high demand for real estate on the East side right now. We knew if we were going to get a space we would need to have the ability act fast, meaning having the money to put down when we found the perfect location. 6 of the 50 stepped forward and paid our newly formed LLC 1-6 months of the future coworking space’s fees in advance, so that we would have the thousands of dollars necessary to make the deposit, first month’s rent, etc that is required when signing on a commercial lease.

    Q: What are the unique benefits of a coworking space, both for individuals and the community at large?

    A: There are obvious benefits from coworking, such as decreased cost of office space, opportunities for social interaction, and helping independent workers get out of their house and into a community.

    A term that is getting around the coworking community, likely coined by Julie Gomoll of LaunchPad coworking, is accelerated serendipity. It’s about proximity. About critical mass. Coworking brings like-minded people together in a creative and tight-knit environment. All across the country, coworking spaces are beginning to be considered as incubators for startup companies and small businesses.

    Q: Austin is obviously a hotbed of technology, but at the same time it seems like the landscape is changing, away from enterprise and chip companies, and towards developers, designers, and more consumer-oriented technologies and startups. Would you agree with the statement?

    A: Absolutely. This change has been happening quietly on its own in Austin. I see the future of Conjunctured and my own long-term goals as embracing and extending this change. In fact, I think we are leading this change.

    Q: Now that your space is more or less up and running, talk to me a little bit about the longer-terms goals and impacts.

    A: My personal mission is to ensure that Austin is technologically progressive and competitive.

    I foresee that the people who participate in Conjunctured will become leaders in the movement to change Austin into a progressive hub of technology, specifically with regards to developing web technologies such as cloud computing and the semantic web.

    Unite

    While amassing the support necessary to make Conjunctued happen, I realized there was a need to unite Austin’s tech community in more that just one way. Austin has several cutting edge startups. Startups that are working with leading edge technology or creating it themselves. Startups that are changing the way the world interacts with technology.

    These companies thrive on being in the thick of it. Their success depends on it. They also need to be surrounded by other people who are taking a lead. Leadership breeds leadership.

    It was as a result of conversations with the people at the helm of these startups that led to the idea that Austin could benefit from a Startup District. A physical district that exists within the city, a particular part of town where there is a concentration of startup companies. I have been in talks with the Economic Development Department of Austin and members of City Council regarding this.

    In the mean time, we have been supporting local events, many of which are going to be held at Conjunctured, such as StartupCamp on August 2nd, led by Brandon Wiley, and an upcoming iPhone DevCamp, lead by Andrew Donoho.

    Educate

    Austin needs to know what’s going on in Austin. The Austinites I met at SXSW had no idea which startups were in Austin and what they were working on. They were only familiar with Silicon Valley startups because Silicon Valley has an online network of websites and blogs that disseminate news and information.

    Having a stronger Austin presence at SXSW Interactive 2009 is big part of this initiative. I want the Austinites who attend SXSW to be armed with knowledge of Austin companies and what is going on in Austin.

    Invest

    This is not just about creating a fund.

    This is about creating a culture that reinvest in the future. The ideal situation is, companies succeed (with funding or without) and then the people who profit from these companies reinvest in younger companies and people. This is the culture that has helped to keep the Silicon Valley flourishing.

    I’m working to spread the message of what we are doing in Austin around the country. For early stage companies, web companies in particular, it’s not about the money. It’s about the community, it’s about connections, it’s about mentorship.

    Q: I understand you have been out of Austin; what have you been up to?

    A: Since the 13th, I’ve been visiting locales in NY and in Boston such as New Work City, Spark Space, NYC Resistor, and Y-Combinator, because these spaces have become such hotbeds for innovation – with dozens of companies formed and launched within the past couple of years. I want to have the best understanding possible of how communities have rallied together to foster a stronger environment and launchpad for these types of folks.

    I’m learning as much as I can about what others are doing and what is working so I can bring the best of this knowledge back to Austin and we can integrate it into our scene. I’m visiting San Francisco in August.

    Questions I’m answering include: what level and type of economic development have these concentrated communities spurred; how are coworking spaces laid out to best encourage collaboration, creativity, work and happiness; how does geographical location and proximity play a role; what types of funding sources (VC’s, Angels) surround these communities, and why; what are their tenants like in the coworking spaces, and what do they want.

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    • Damon Clinkscales 12:00 pm on August 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Nice article!

      One idea I had while reading it is to take your Rolodex and start inviting Austin startups to demo at Conjunctured. Do this weekly at the same time each week. Open up Conjunctured to the public to come into these talks. This will serve multiples purposes.

      1. It will shine a light on Austin companies and what they are doing, giving them press and also introducing them to potential hires or consultants.

      2. It will widen the net of people who are interested in working at or at least learning more about Conjunctured.

      3. It will help help establish Conjunctured as a hub for startup activity.

    • Damon Clinkscales 1:00 pm on August 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Nice article!

      One idea I had while reading it is to take your Rolodex and start inviting Austin startups to demo at Conjunctured. Do this weekly at the same time each week. Open up Conjunctured to the public to come into these talks. This will serve multiples purposes.

      1. It will shine a light on Austin companies and what they are doing, giving them press and also introducing them to potential hires or consultants.

      2. It will widen the net of people who are interested in working at or at least learning more about Conjunctured.

      3. It will help help establish Conjunctured as a hub for startup activity.

    • John Erik 1:18 pm on August 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Damon, that is a very very good idea. thanks so much for sharing that.

      emailing the other guys now.

    • John Erik 2:18 pm on August 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Damon, that is a very very good idea. thanks so much for sharing that.

      emailing the other guys now.

    • johnerik 7:44 pm on August 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      thanks Charlie — i'm having trouble finding it. do you happen to know the direct URL?

    • lavannamartin 7:04 pm on October 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I love Conjunctured. I am not techno-savy, or a “millenial”. These guys were instrumental in helping a complete n00b start a blog.

  • John Erik 10:19 pm on August 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , citizen garden, General, , Larry Halff, OpenID, radar.net, , , snaptalent   

    80808 – Podcast with Chris Messina and Larry Halff 

    San Francisco is great so far. It seems like everytime I visity NYC I make a trip to SF soon after — and it reminds me how NYC is fun, but SF is just a little more down to earth, a little more like Austin and thus my second favorite city in the US: Austin, SF, NYC.

    The night before I left I pinged Chris Messina. An hour after I got off the plane, I met up with Chris and Larry Halff of Ma.gnolia and recorded a podcast with them for Citizen Garden.  Here are the goods on the cast:

    We’re joined by John Erik Metcalf for a discussion about identity inside and outside of walled gardens, EAUT, tribalism, the usability of OpenID, and recomposable identity.

    Ready to listen? Click.

    (Yes, we are releasing Episode 8 on 08-08-08!)

    Visit Citizen Garden on Ma.gnolia

    I’m now off to the Snaptalent/DISQUS party with Melissa.

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  • John Erik 11:23 pm on August 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: General, , Jessica Livingston, Paul Graham, , Trevor Blackwell, Venture capital, , Yale School of Music   

    New York recap 

    Two weeks ago I had a very productive and highly entertaining trip to New York (if you don’t count delayed and canceled flights), but I didn’t blog about anything. gah! So, here’s a quick recap:

    Started the trip hunging out with Tony Bacigalupo of New Work City (really cool site), an initiative he’s leading to open a coworking space in Manhattan, and some of his potential clientele — the guys from http://beyou.tv and others (btw tony, thanks for all your help and advice on Conjunctured– needless to say, it’s much easier to find and open a coworking space in Austin, versus Manhattan.) Melissa and I went to Whitney Hess‘s birthday party and met @brettof Mashable, Tom Limongello creator of http://failwhale.com, @gruen, @mknell, and more. We had coffee (and juice) with Eric Friedman from Union Square Ventures and breakfast with Girish Gupta from RRE Ventures. We had drinks, took an urban hike, and shared a wonderfully forward-looking conversation with Futurist, Gary Golden. Ate a vegan meal with @bre, hacker and founder of NYC Resistor. Met with Scott and Alan from Google. And Christopher from Google who introduced us to 3 entrepreneurs from the Yale School of Music. Visited Cambridge. Ran through the rain and chatted Tommy Li, President of the Harvard Entrepreneur Society. Had homemade curry and rice with Paul Graham, Jessica Livingston, and this session’s 60 founders, at Y Combinator — this is a all post of its own.


    mknell, brett, gruen

    Melissa and I diverged from meetings or work often and walked in central park, tried both PinkBerry and its copy, RedMango, spent a day in the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum and discussed life the universe and everything, ordered lots of smoothies and juice, laid on benches, went shopping. Successfully made seven trips to the Apple store at all times of the day. Successfully failed at getting Mel an iPwn.

    Now, I’m in San Francisco — I’ll be blogging this trip. (and hopefully getting Mel an appl phone)

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    • Jon Ray 9:09 pm on August 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Glad you finally got around to blogging about your New York trip. This post kind of reminded me of the “Victor” sequence in The Rules of Attraction. A lot of information shoved into one paragraph.

      Victor Scene – The Rules of Attraction
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTJ8zwI4i3s

      Anyhow, I know you’re super busy, but I’m going to bust your balls here for a second. On your San Francisco trip, it would be fun to see a post where you talk about interesting things you learned or discussed with certain people, instead of quickly listing them all and telling us where you had coffee (or juice). ;)

      Hope San Francisco is a blast and you know I’m just being critical because I want to know more about these amazing trips you’re taking!

    • Jon Ray 10:09 pm on August 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Glad you finally got around to blogging about your New York trip. This post kind of reminded me of the “Victor” sequence in The Rules of Attraction. A lot of information shoved into one paragraph.

      Victor Scene – The Rules of Attraction
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTJ8zwI4i3s

      Anyhow, I know you're super busy, but I'm going to bust your balls here for a second. On your San Francisco trip, it would be fun to see a post where you talk about interesting things you learned or discussed with certain people, instead of quickly listing them all and telling us where you had coffee (or juice). ;)

      Hope San Francisco is a blast and you know I'm just being critical because I want to know more about these amazing trips you're taking!

    • John Erik 3:58 pm on August 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      you are so right, my friend.

      okay, will work on this.

    • John Erik 4:58 pm on August 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      you are so right, my friend.

      okay, will work on this.

    • Gate Latch  6:23 pm on October 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      video blogging is more exciting than traditional text blogging*;”

  • John Erik 9:46 pm on July 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , General, , , launch pad coworking, omar gallaga, statesman   

    Omar Gallaga’s (@omarg) video on coworking in Austin – features Conjunctured! :) 

    This is a media extra from Omar’s story: Instant co-workers – Austin telecommuters soon will have places to go when camaraderie of the office is missing — That appeared on the cover of the Austin Statesman’s Life & Arts section Sunday.

     
  • John Erik 11:00 am on June 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: assaf avni, General, , ,   

    Couple tips for Twitter newbs 

    My friend and former Creativity professor (yes, that was a class for my advertising degree) Assaf Avni just joined Twitter [@assafavni]. I’m excited to be able to keep up with what he’s up to. So he will get the best out of Twitter, I wrote a him a list of things to do/watchout for. … here’s the list perhaps it will be helpful to yall too.

    • twit messes up quite a bit. doesnt post, late post, no sms, no tracking, etc
    • when you setup your mobile device, whether you follow anyone to your phone or not, you want to send “track assafavni” to twitter (40404). doing this will send you SMS notifications anytime someone says your name who you are not following, very handy, must do this (but beware sometimes when twitter is overloard it doesnt work and you will still miss messages)
    • Summize is a great twitter search tool and you can use it to search for your username to see if anyone was talking to you that you missed
    • setup Twitterfeed to autopost to twitter anytime you post to your blog
    • install the facebook twitter app and allow it to sync your status
    • search for people you think are cool and follow them :) then talk to them, really
    • import your gmail contact list (click Find and Follow)
    • get an unlimited text messaging plan
    • update frequently, people really do care, even about minutia
    • download Twhirl for desktop Twitter client
    • if you post often to flicker from your mobile, setup Snaptweet
    • now, go read Melissa Sconyers’ post on twitter to get the real details

    Am I forgetting anything???

     
  • John Erik 10:47 am on June 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: General, , josh dilworth, Porter Novelli Austin   

    Porter Novelli Austin, rocks 

    Laura Beck and her team at Porter Novelli Austin have been helping launch some of the coolest startups on the plant for years; and they’re right here in Austin. Who knew! I didn’t until I met Brittany, Lauren, and Josh at the DEMOparty last month.

    OneSpot, Radar Networks/Twine, PeoplePad, Friendfeed, those are some of their clients I can think off the top of my head. I know there are several in town.

    After talking with Josh Dilworth a bit about the Startup District and Conjunctured he invited me to come chat with the whole office. It was great, they had ordered a ton of tacos that morning, everyone was giving me hi-fives and hugs and talking about startups, I was like what is this place!?! … the meeting went great, they are very very supportive – Josh especially has been helping me out a ton and I’m very grateful (thanks for sure dood).

    Later that day I ran into two people who were talking about Porter Novelli and that’s when I decided, “geez, I’m gonna do a quick post on them.” :)

    Update PN is hiring, here’s the skinny:

    • 2-4 years work experience – marketing or PR
    • Agency experience, at least 1 year
    • Tech preferred, but could be consumer tech/Internet tech
    • Web 2.0/social media awareness critical, experience a huge plus (blogger, etc.)
    • Strong writing
    • Strong press relations/ability to pitch
    • Multi tasker, well organized
    • Highly responsible
    • Team player
    • Quick to adjust, ramp up, learn, and very flexible in an always changing environment
    • MUST be live in Austin, already here, or willing to get her FAST
    • Need to start ASAP.

    I can tell you, because they let me sit in on their Thursday Staff Meeting an hear the nuts and bolts, this is a talented, fun, excited, and clever team. I actually found myself thinking “wow, it would be fun to work here” and I never ever think that. Let me know if you fit the above and I’ll intro ya. cheers!

     
    • Josh Dilworth 5:20 pm on June 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      You are too kind, Sir.

      ;)

    • Josh Dilworth 5:20 pm on June 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      You are too kind, Sir.

      ;)

    • Matt Cohen 7:09 pm on June 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      John, you’re spot on about Porter Novelli – we’ve had a fantastic experience with our whole team there, currently Laura, Josh and Megan. Highly highly recommended. To anyone reading this who is considering applying for their open position: What are you waiting for? Apply already! You won’t regret it!

    • Matt Cohen 7:09 pm on June 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      John, you're spot on about Porter Novelli – we've had a fantastic experience with our whole team there, currently Laura, Josh and Megan. Highly highly recommended. To anyone reading this who is considering applying for their open position: What are you waiting for? Apply already! You won't regret it!

    • Redg 2:20 am on July 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed your blog, and would love your opinion on any UndertheRadar startups in Austin.
      redg

    • Redg 2:20 am on July 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed your blog, and would love your opinion on any UndertheRadar startups in Austin.
      redg

    • John Erik 6:14 pm on July 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      you bet man. perhaps i shall send you a list…

    • John Erik 6:14 pm on July 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      you bet man. perhaps i shall send you a list…

    • Miami SEO Company 11:59 pm on May 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      If only I live at Austin, I might grab this opportunity.. but too bad I'm far from TX, anyway.. good luck on your search.

    • himalayan goji juice 3:43 pm on May 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Laura Beck's team are so proficient in helping launch some of the coolest startups on the plant for years, and I hope that they launch more spectacular projects.

    • sEArCh eNginE optiMisAtion 5:17 am on June 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Porter Novelli Austin, rocks. 24/06/2008. Laura Beck and her team at Porter Novelli Austin have been helping launch some of the coolest startups on the … gr8 blog dear :)

    • sEo CompaNY 5:21 am on June 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with what you have to say…..nice blog dear

    • Dathan Hull 6:25 pm on August 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey John I have been doing some research on this company and found the account exec. position available, then I read this article and thought the exact same thing that this could be a perfect fit form me as well. I currently work at a local television station as a photojournalist and looking for a change into the PR field. Who better to hire than someone who has actually been out in the field doing PR everyday and then showing the product on air for the 5 and 6pm on a tight deadline? I am “in the know” when it comes to “tech” materials. Things like computers, social networking and electronics. In fact the people here at my television station always ask me what to do or what to buy when it comes to computers or electronics. I have been in the television industry for over 12 years and lived in Austin for 10 of those years. I am creative and very open minded and able to tell both sides of a story fairly and equally. I love covering the events of SXSW and know the demands of the media and how smoothly it should go. I have covered/attended all aspects of the events from the Interactive to the Music. Please contact me further if interested. I will go ahead and fill out the application online as well. Thank You for you time.

  • John Erik 6:10 pm on June 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: General   

    Semantic Web Austin 

    I had no idea there were so many people in Austin who know so much about the Semantic Web. Even more, I had no idea we had several stealth companies working on a semantic offering.

    Here are some pic Michelle Greer took of the Semantic Web Austin Launch Party last week. Lynn Bender and Geek Austin kick ass for helping put this on. The SWA (is that the official acronym?) is lead by Texas Ph D student and Semantic Web Evanglist, Juan Sequeda, and John De Olivera, Executive Director of the Cyc Foundation.

    Quick note about the Cyc Foundation. From their website, this what what they do:

    The Cyc Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the enrichment and utilization of the open source portions of the Cyc knowledge base—the world’s largest repository of machine-readable, common-sense knowledge. In this role, we will work with others to expand these resources, educate developers and increase general awareness of the potential applications of the technology.

    From Wikipedia, about Cyc:

    Cyc is an artificial intelligence project that attempts to assemble a comprehensive ontology and database of everyday common sense knowledge, with the goal of enabling AI applications to perform human-like reasoning.

    As we move completely away from web2-0. We’re really lucky to have the Cyc Foundation and Cycorp with their 20+ years of gov funded research here in Austin.

    Firefox set a world record that day with 8 million downloads.

    How much do you know about the Semantic Web : How much do you contribute to the web.

    Full house. Looks like Troy is doing a double take of something.

    Juan and JohnDeo open up the event.

    Troy Williams, founder of PeoplePad and formerly Questia talked about what the semantic web is to him, how he sees it, how it will be useful, etc. Was a great opener as the night slowly got more technical. (i know, i know. there is porn on the wall. i didnt pick the room. it’s some back room at a big bar.)

    Cesar Torres and Dusty Reagan of Conjunctured on the outside.

    Dewey Gaedcke of Founder of Minggl in skyblue

    Lot of Proffs and researchers who asked high level questions.

     
    • Lynn Bender 11:51 pm on June 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Glad you enjoyed the event. This is pretty much the format I’ll be moving to — drink and think.

      By the way, it’s geekaustin.org — not .com.

      -Lynn

    • Lynn Bender 11:51 pm on June 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Glad you enjoyed the event. This is pretty much the format I'll be moving to — drink and think.

      By the way, it's geekaustin.org — not .com.

      -Lynn

    • custom automated machines 5:58 am on April 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Cyc is a very promising company. And by having the Cyc knowledge base—the world’s largest repository of machine-readable, common-sense knowledge, surely they have a longer way to go. :)

    • Isis 12:17 am on May 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Good observation Lynn, even I typed it wrongly and got some other site!! LOL.

      Rina

    • himalayan goji juice 3:19 pm on May 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Nice convention. Drink, think but not too much of both for it may lead to cataclysmic proportions. Looking forward to witness events such as this one personally this year.

    • Miami Carpet Cleaning 4:01 pm on May 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing the photos. With those photos, I can say that the convention was a successful ones.

  • John Erik 10:30 am on June 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , chris saad, dataportability, digital identity, facebook, General, , , scoble   

    Facebook owns /me online and I hate it. What can we do? 

    FACEBOOK, I’m sick of the singles ads and I’m sick of you owning my timeline.  I love and appreciate everything that facebook let’s us do. I love being able to stay connected to my friends. I love being able to push content I think is important. I just hate that I’ll prob never be able to get any of this out.

    Why would I create a photo album (an album of my life) if you’re never gonna let me hold it.

    I want to see my domain, not yours. http://think27.com << that’s me.

    NOT:

    … why do you force me to stare at this. YUCK

    In case you’re not instantly grokking what I’m talking about. Let’s think about this. (and this is nothing new that people havn’t been saying for a lone time now) … all the actions you take on facebook – changes to your profile, friends you connect with, messages you send, people you break up with, all those little “stories,” as FB calls them, etc. those are reflections of your life. Shouldn’t YOU own the album?

    When facebook first started, you know back years ago when I was in college, I would always think: you know, facebook should record all these changes we are making to our profiles and all the friends we are making and all the pictures we are uploading and let us print it all out in a book. back then FB was only for college students, and I was expecting to drop it when I graduated, I thought, “this would be killer as a yearbook because gawd knows I’m not gonna by a real year book that includes 20,000 people I dont know.” i even sent zuck a message about this. (if facebook had a way to search my sent messages I’d go find it, but I dont feel like pressing the next button that many times.) i still think this would be a cool idea. print it out. but no worries, i have more.

    ok, here’s another reason why we should stop letting facebook own all our action, specifically our social ones:

    sooner or later we are going to have, as Jonas Lamis of Scivestor has talked about, something like Google Agent. It’s going to better understand what we want done because it will know a ton about us. For instance, and this only scratches the surface (and I’m totally stealing this example), if my anniversary was coming the Agent would know and it would know who my girlfriend was and where I like to take her and what my schedule was like, etc, etc. I would just click and it would take care of all that for me – and perhaps offer a couple choices. The point is. This crazy Agent bot thing has to get to know me and that takes time and data. Right now the place that knows the most about me and has the most data is most definitely facebook and google and I would bet it’s the same for you. I dont want the Agent/bot thing to have to get the data from fb/google, I want it to get it from me.

    Now, I’m not worried about facebook having all this information. kdfakhfph./ well, shit. i kind of am… … it’s just that there is no where else to go with it. i’m not going to be one of those people who doesn’t use facebook because all this, i dont want to miss out on all the fun and all the great things facebook lets me do, i just want an alternative or i want facebook to openup all this data. AND I WANT IT NOW.

    I’m not sure if the standards are in place yet to handle all this kind of openness… but. …That’s a good question. Does anyone know? Could they just use Google’s Opensocial or Friend Connect stuff? Is the DataPortability workgroup there yet?

    How would I propose we move forward with all this? we could start with:

    1.) Opensource or openup Friendfeed

    Friendfeed is great, People like Robert Scoble (Loving my Friendfeed) and Mike Arrington (damnit Friendfeed gets even more useful) talk on and on about it and says we won’t feel how great it is until we join the community, but whatever, it’s just yet anther site that wants me to tell it where I am online and wants to know all about me. And until they open it up, all I really get in return is the ability to participate in threads where Loic or Robert are also chatting. At least there is RSS, but still. I should own all that data. If I want to share it and chat around it, then we can use Disqus. … I think

    (NOTE: USE YAHOO PIPES!! like Zach Klein does for his Universal Feed)

    2.) Make it easier for people to buy vanity domains.

    We need to get people to understand how important it is that they own their identity online. Right now most people (ahem, besides leet ones who use nearlyfreespeach) goto Godaddy because they saw a lame super bowl ad. Have you seen Godaddy.com? Have you registered a domain from there? The site and domain control interfaces suck. For regular people to start doing anything with domains, which is what they need to start owning their identity, there has to be a better registar. One that is simple and doesn’t talk about DNS and or blah or blah. Just make it simple.

    3.) Help people track their actions even better online.

    4.) I love how Tumblr shows you how use a custom domain name. We need more of this.

    I think together these pack a nice 1-2-punch and have been working on rough plans on the side for how all this should/could be implemented.

    When I’m not plugging away and connecting people to the Startup District, what I need to do is get more involved in the DataPortability group (props to Chris Saad) and the DiSo Project (props to Chris Messina). …If you think any of this is cool, you should too.

     
    • Juan Sequeda 11:24 am on June 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I bought my last name domain: sequeda.com. So soon I will be

      juan.sequeda.com/facebook
      juan.sequeda.com/twitter
      juan.sequeda.com/linkedin
      juan.sequeda.com/utexas
      ….

      This was your idea… and it’s awesome!!

    • David J. Neff 11:40 am on June 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I bought daveiam.com and use that for a ton of stuff. Excellent points. And if you want less single ads try doing this:

      “Rumors of my recent relationship status change have been greatly exaggerated. Facebook doesn’t do very good on the null logic, it just notices something has happened and gets excited. I am curious if I will stop being insulted with ads for HOT CHRISTIAN WOMEN now that my social networking profile is no longer “Single” even if I am. Not that I have anything against hot Christian women, but those ads /are/ somewhat distracting and they make me want to go to church for all the wrong reasons. I am playing it safe and staying home to look at Facebook.”

      • Gregory Foster

      Or maybe you need to pay Facebook dude. They are providing you all this for FREE.

    • Todd Sundsted 11:48 am on June 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      John, I think this is exactly the kind of thinking we need. Consider this, in spite of lifelong continued pressure to “keep a journal”, blah blah blah, I’ve never made as complete a record of my life as I have since I started using Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc. Right now, the people using these systems are creating an invaluable record of their life and our time, for their descendants and for the future. But it’s all locked away in Facebook’s database, Twitter’s database, Flickr’s database, Google’s database, etc. At some level this is okay. Google runs a tight IT organization. But what a huge point of failure. And consider the reaction people had toward Flickr/Yahoo when Microsoft started thinking about acquiring. This information needs to be portable, transportable, and in our control. I realize this kind of cuts the nuts off the “competitive/incumbent advantage” of sites like Facebook and many a VCs plans for monetizing social plays like these… but tough!

      • Todd (AKA Bandit)
    • Juan Sequeda 11:24 am on June 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I bought my last name domain: sequeda.com. So soon I will be

      juan.sequeda.com/facebook
      juan.sequeda.com/twitter
      juan.sequeda.com/linkedin
      juan.sequeda.com/utexas
      ….

      This was your idea… and it's awesome!!

    • David J. Neff 11:40 am on June 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I bought daveiam.com and use that for a ton of stuff. Excellent points. And if you want less single ads try doing this:

      “Rumors of my recent relationship status change have been greatly exaggerated. Facebook doesn't do very good on the null logic, it just notices something has happened and gets excited. I am curious if I will stop being insulted with ads for HOT CHRISTIAN WOMEN now that my social networking profile is no longer “Single” even if I am. Not that I have anything against hot Christian women, but those ads /are/ somewhat distracting and they make me want to go to church for all the wrong reasons. I am playing it safe and staying home to look at Facebook.”

      - Gregory Foster

      Or maybe you need to pay Facebook dude. They are providing you all this for FREE.

    • Todd Sundsted 11:48 am on June 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      John, I think this is exactly the kind of thinking we need. Consider this, in spite of lifelong continued pressure to “keep a journal”, blah blah blah, I've never made as complete a record of my life as I have since I started using Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc. Right now, the people using these systems are creating an invaluable record of their life and our time, for their descendants and for the future. But it's all locked away in Facebook's database, Twitter's database, Flickr's database, Google's database, etc. At some level this is okay. Google runs a tight IT organization. But what a huge point of failure. And consider the reaction people had toward Flickr/Yahoo when Microsoft started thinking about acquiring. This information needs to be portable, transportable, and in our control. I realize this kind of cuts the nuts off the “competitive/incumbent advantage” of sites like Facebook and many a VCs plans for monetizing social plays like these… but tough!

      - Todd (AKA Bandit)

    • Daniel Hope 12:56 pm on June 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent point, I was inspired by what Chris St. John was saying the other night about Tessera ( http://tinyurl.com/3sp6pl ) and how it opens things up in SNs the way Facebook won’t.
      It doesn’t give us any control over that Facebook info though.

    • Daniel Hope 12:56 pm on June 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent point, I was inspired by what Chris St. John was saying the other night about Tessera ( http://tinyurl.com/3sp6pl ) and how it opens things up in SNs the way Facebook won't.
      It doesn't give us any control over that Facebook info though.

    • Vincent Gable 1:23 am on June 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Here is a supporting essay, but it deals more with our “data shadow”, and less with our identity:
      http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2008/05/our_data_oursel.html

    • Vincent Gable 1:23 am on June 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Here is a supporting essay, but it deals more with our “data shadow”, and less with our identity:
      http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2008/05/o

    • Vladislav Chernyshov 11:26 am on June 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      John! Very nice post! I love your idea about custom domain names. I think I will utilize this in the project I’m working on.

      Your post helped me to make summary of burning problems of social networking. You can read it here on my blog:
      http://tinyurl.com/3me6c3

      Take care,
      Vlad.

    • Vladislav Chernyshov 11:26 am on June 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      John! Very nice post! I love your idea about custom domain names. I think I will utilize this in the project I'm working on.

      Your post helped me to make summary of burning problems of social networking. You can read it here on my blog:
      http://tinyurl.com/3me6c3

      Take care,
      Vlad.

    • gochi 10:49 am on January 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi juan launch your all sub domains i will be part of your network too.

      Thanks

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    • Isis 12:22 am on May 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Indeed it's a nice post, I am really very much impressed with the discussion around, I wonder how many people think about the same!

      Rina

    • chiropractors marketing 11:57 am on May 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

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  • John Erik 1:49 pm on June 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: General, , , , passion   

    What johnerik is passionate about :) – thanks @imdane 

    After seeing Gary Vaynerchuck last week Dane and I decided we were going to started video blogging… I haven’t started yet, but I have been watching Dane’s. His first post asks people what they are passionate about. I started writing a long comment and decided I’d just post it here and link to Dane. Here goes.

    Passion

    I love the language of enthusiasm. I live for it. For excitement. That’s really what attracts me to technology startups and the people involved in them.

    Mission #1: Mercilessly beating and outsmarting life; forcing it to bend into the reality I choose.

    How I’m doing this:

    • I’m constantly on the hunt for people with gusto. When I find them, we stick together.
    • I compete with these people each day to see who’s created the most value or done something ridiculous.
    • Follow me on twitter or via my blog to keep up. :)


    Mission #2: Making damn sure Austin is technologically progressive and competitive.

    How I’m doing this:

    50,000ft Mission: Eliminate inequality with empathy and technology.

    General Passions: increasing people’s self-confidence …promoting empathy (talking about why it’s important), critical thinking and awareness, spearheading conceptual ideas, building relationships

    I encourage you to go check out Dane’s posts (videos and others) – they make me crack up. Also, you might look into buying The Alchemist.

    (BTW, @girk took the picture above when we were in Australia in 2006 :))

     
  • John Erik 8:30 am on June 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , garyvee, General, Grapevine Market, ,   

    @Garyvee, ruler of his context, live in Austin 

    Tuesday I was part of the crowd that met Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library TV at the beautiful and always local, Grapevine Market. People in attendance that I can recall includ Cesar Torres (he has a great write up btw), Damon Clinkscales, imDane, Kristine Gloria (the one with teh smile above) Tim Walker (also with a great LONG writeup), Robert E Taylor, RichardatDELL, Michelle Greer, Kevin Koym

    I absolutly love seeing Gary and listening to him talk. Wine is slightly interesting to me because it is a big part of the Sicilian side of my family, specifically with my grandpa :). Gary is uber connected with the tech scene so he always has good insight and predictions there, which is interesting. But what I love the most about this guy is his excitement for life. He’s an inspiration to anyone who wants to be themselves and make it. He was talking about how much he loves being able to be behind the table and chat with everyone. How that makes him feel like a cat. A cat being pet and raising his butt. hhah It was like we were all just petting him.

    It’s all about breaking down the situation. Eliminating the barriers between the guy behind the table and your audience. Gary did this by talking about the situation. Discussing what was going on. How it felt to him and how it must feel to us. To me, you know someone understands and can control their context when they are able to make jokes about it. Jokes that everyone gets because they have all bought in to the environment. I think everybody loves when people can do that – same feeling I get when people make puns. Very clever, very aware. end rant(rave).

    I took some video with my phone from the event, but once I got it on my computer and looked at it in comparison to Dane’s I scraped it. SO, here is

    “Gary Vaynerchuk’s Austin Lightning Hour”

     
    • @gloriakt 9:52 am on June 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      great recap! Key to Gary is that his passion and enthusiasm is palpable to all. Also, it transcends mediums – from videoblogging to broadcast tv.

    • @gloriakt 9:52 am on June 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      great recap! Key to Gary is that his passion and enthusiasm is palpable to all. Also, it transcends mediums – from videoblogging to broadcast tv.

    • Damon Clinkscales 11:50 am on June 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      John Erik, it was great!

      I’ve got the videos up on my site now.

    • Damon Clinkscales 11:50 am on June 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      John Erik, it was great!

      I've got the videos up on my site now.

    • Tim Walker 5:18 pm on June 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Nice recap! I particularly like what you say about Gary inspiring people who want to be themselves. We tend to carry around unfruitful ideas about how we have to smooth off all our ‘corners’ to fit into the working world — but the real creatives and worldchangers tend to put it all out there. Especially if you’re motivated by love and friendship as Gary is (and as I hope to say I am), it’s liberating to know that you can just be you and that’s enough. It frees you up to do bigger work without worrying about how you come across.

      (Oh, and thanks for the link!)

    • Damon Clinkscales 5:33 pm on June 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      btw, that’s @robertetaylor, not robert e kelly

      cheers

    • John Erik 5:43 pm on June 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Tim that’s a great comment – thanks so much. You hit it right on. Gary had that great example of this, something like: “if you are the biggest fan of Buffy Season 3, I’m convinced you could have a successful video blog on just that.” Inferring, doing what you are most passionate about because no matter how long tail it is there are people out there who share that same passion. …oh what a wonderful Internetz.

      :)

      Damon, thanks man. Fixed. I know a guy named Rob Kelly… confused. heh

    • Tim Walker 5:18 pm on June 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Nice recap! I particularly like what you say about Gary inspiring people who want to be themselves. We tend to carry around unfruitful ideas about how we have to smooth off all our 'corners' to fit into the working world — but the real creatives and worldchangers tend to put it all out there. Especially if you're motivated by love and friendship as Gary is (and as I hope to say I am), it's liberating to know that you can just be you and that's enough. It frees you up to do bigger work without worrying about how you come across.

      (Oh, and thanks for the link!)

    • Damon Clinkscales 5:33 pm on June 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      btw, that's @robertetaylor, not robert e kelly

      cheers

    • John Erik 5:43 pm on June 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Tim that's a great comment – thanks so much. You hit it right on. Gary had that great example of this, something like: “if you are the biggest fan of Buffy Season 3, I'm convinced you could have a successful video blog on just that.” Inferring, doing what you are most passionate about because no matter how long tail it is there are people out there who share that same passion. …oh what a wonderful Internetz.

      :)

      Damon, thanks man. Fixed. I know a guy named Rob Kelly… confused. heh

  • John Erik 2:22 pm on May 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Orlando Rincón Bonilla – ParqueSoft – hero? 

    the man

    As much as I preach empathy and sharing of yourself – I believe the more you share, the more opportunuitys you provide others to see themselves in you and thus say, “hey, if s/he can do it, so can I.” – I’ve never been able to say “that person is my hero.” So, I’m not saying this guy is my hero just yet because I’ve never met him, but based on who ever wrote this wikipedia article, Orlando Rincón is a helluva guy. I love his commitment to country, the power entrepreneurship, youth, and technology.

    Here are some excerpts that really motivated me.

    Orlando Rincón Bonilla is a firm believer in the creative capacity and commitment of his compatriots.

    In 1984, he founded Open Systems Ltd, which became one of the leading examples of Colombia’s emerging Software industry. As head of the company, he accumulated a wealth of experience and knowledge on running and managing a software company. But he was troubled by the tension between profit maximization and the importance of social development, which remained of paramount importance to him. He realized he had to foster entrepreneurs with a different mindset that would understand that markets could provide a way to achieve equity and justice, and decided to pursue that vision. Bonilla sold all of his stock in Open Systems and founded ParqueSoft in 1999 as a non-profit enterprise.

    …he visited several Asian and European countries that were being touted as “economic miracles” thanks to their ability to create a niche in the Information Technology industry. He observed with disappointment that behind that miracle were managers—not self-starting entrepreneurs—who had been hired by global companies located in Los Angeles or London, justifying the low wages paid by reasoning that the workers were earning much more than they would if contracted by a local company. That was not good enough for Bonilla.

    ParqueSoft is fundamentally focused on creating social value, not software companies. Its mission is to stimulate democracy and justice through the inclusion of previously marginalized young people living in low-income communities. ParqueSoft seeks to transform them into protagonists of their enterprises, not employees.

    To foster an entrepreneurial culture, ParqueSoft has a programme whereby every two months it integrates 150 young people for 8 weeks into the different enterprises according to their interests. The youth participate in the activities of the enterprise and learn what it is like to be wrapped up in the world of technology and science from a venture perspective. The objective is to teach these young participants about technology and business, and help them to envisage themselves as agents of change rather than as future employees.

    A while back I started putting together a list of billionaires that are worth something. I need to revisit that list.

    Juan, thanks so much for your email about ParqueSoft. You rock dude; and you were right on that I would dig all this.

     
    • Juan Sequeda 6:53 pm on May 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I’m glad found this info helpful. I can get you in contact with him personally if you need to.

    • Juan Sequeda 6:53 pm on May 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I'm glad found this info helpful. I can get you in contact with him personally if you need to.

    • John Erik 7:42 pm on June 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      wowo. that would rock out

    • John Erik 7:42 pm on June 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      wowo. that would rock out

    • Alisha D Herron 2:08 pm on February 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      nice article! nice site. you're in my rss feed now ;-)
      keep it up

    • himalayan goji juice 3:47 pm on May 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Indeed. His commitment to his country, the power entrepreneurship, youth, and technology are unquestionable and so admirable. Hope more people would look up to him as a model and follow his noble characteristics.

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