Tools and Toys

I’m battling writer’s block and letting other distractions keep me from an essay, so how about checking out these shiny new toys instead?

  • Booshaka: Find out what is popular on Facebook right now. Good for trend research and competitive information.
  • Peer Index: Find authorities on a variety of subjects. Still in early launch mode, this bears watching.
  • Bakodo: This looks like a great QR app for the iphone.

Ah, I thought so.

Links for 8-13-2010

Interesting reads from around the web:

  • The Future of Startup Funding : Paul Graham talks about the rise of super angels and the changing venture capital terrain for new businesses. I see this as a good thing for start-ups as long as the gender imbalance is rectified.
  • Industrial America on Architectural Stationery: Before the $99 logo, gorgeous architecture graced bills of lading, invoices and letterhead. As our focus has turned from manufacturing, we’ve lost a piece of history and place.
  • Ode to the Taco Truck: as haute cuisine begins to take mobile food seriously, are we losing some of the immigrant energy and flavor?
  • Short history of print in two pictures: Print has changed significantly since Gutenberg, and while letterpress specialists would feel at home on one of these machines, I wonder how they’d feel about the new 8 color Heidelburgs? While printing may have changed radically since the 1500’s, it isn’t dead yet.
  • Is There a Female Funding Model?: Stacey Higginbotham spotlights the inequal spread of venture monies available to women. I suspect bootstrapping/debt funding is more comfortable for women, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be working to increase these numbers to a more equitable spread. Note, too, that diverse teams raise bigger rounds.
  • Newt Gingrich: The Indispensable Republican: Interesting bio on Gingrich, who appears to be ramping up for a presidential run in 2012.

Graphics Innovations Unveiling

screenshot of Graphics Top of page shows a grey Heidelburg speedmaster press

I’m delighted to announce the formal launch of our latest project for Graphics Innovations, a Virginia certified master printer.

screenshot of Graphics Top of page shows a grey Heidelburg speedmaster press
Graphics Innovations Home Page

Designed internally, the new site expands on past content with the addition of help pages for FTP connections, pre-press tips and a how-to guide to preparing inDesign and Quark files for pain-free high quality printing. Architecture for news feeds, blogging and professional forums round out the new platform.

The site also features a custom collections option, allowing the client to edit, expand, modify or change content without the need for in-house development expertise.

The site is built on the Solertium Software GoGoEgo platform.

Congrats to the entire GI team!

Links for 8-9-2010

Some fun things I stumbled across today:

Links for 8-4-2010

I’m nearly done with our major server move, so more substantial blogging is ahead. Until then, enjoy some fun things I stumbled across today:

7-27-2010 Links

Interesting things I stumbled across today:

  • Game On: Lovely example of niche advertising that is sure to heat up the internet. Last year’s video, Do You Want to Date My Avatar has racked up more than 10,996,348 YouTube views since its August upload. Bonus commercial link: How Old Spice Won the Internet, a behind the scenes view of how the personalized Old Spice videos were created.
  • London Lives: What was life like in London during the years 1690 – 1800? Discover for yourself what life was like in the first city populated by 1m + residents by touring through London Lives, a collection of manuscripts, databases and archives covering London’s early years.
  • Asset-Based Community Development: Sustainable community development by building on resident skills, community associations and local institutions.
  • Twenty Years after ADA, Few Changes: From employment and income to social engagement and life satisfaction, the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has not helped people with disabilities the improvements hoped for, especially with regard to employment opportunities. Only 21% of working-age people with disabilities have full time employment, versus 59% of people without disabilities.
  • Lengthen Your Attention Span with Interval Training: as someone who sometimes struggles with staying focused, these were some great tips for staying on task.

Links for 7-25-2010

Today’s edition of links is all about women and entrepreneurship, one of my favorite topics:

Links for 7-22-2010

Interesting reads from around the web:

  • 22 Statistics That Prove The Middle Class Is Being Systematically Wiped Out Of Existence In America: There are some scary statistics in this article. Without a healthy, confident middle class, the market is not going to tick upwards. The two most critical to me are: 1. In 1950, the ratio of the average executive’s paycheck to the average worker’s paycheck was about 30 to 1. Since the year 2000, that ratio has exploded to between 300 to 500 to one. 2. 66% of the income growth between 2001 and 2007 went to the top 1% of all Americans.
  • Why QR Codes Are Poised to Hit the Mainstream: Jennifer Van Grove @mashable also thinks QR codes are about to become hot. She mentions new to me StickyBits and SCVNGR as well as some other good reasons you’re going to keep seeing squares. Want more QR goodness? The sharp folks over at 2D Code mentioned a recent Verizon/ScanLife case study on DROID applications [pdf] that has good demographic information.
  • Chris Dixon is thinking about graphs, more specifically, the underpinnings of data structures (like Hunch’s suggestion engine that tells you what you might like) that connect people in the social graphs such as friendships (Facebook) or people and images (Flickr). He’s predicting the rise of several new types of graphs, such as financial, local and taste based graphs.
  • Paul Graham points out that what you think about in the shower can literally throw you off track, so make sure you are clear about what you’re sharing head space with.
  • Misfit Entrepreneurs: Vulnerable isn’t one of the adjectives I’d use to describe most of the entrepreneurs I know, but paired with misfit, it works!