Archive for the 'Startups' Category

Actual follow-up email from a friend with regard to involuntary Quechup spam invite

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

A few days ago, I received an invite to Quechup from a friend (not that I would have signed up).

Yesterday, he sent this follow-up:

Subject: Sorry about Quechup

Hello all,

You probably got an e-mail from me recently asking you
to join Quechup, a social networking site. Sorry
about that! Please ignore it. I clicked on something
from a tech-savvy friend, thinking it was safe. It
wasn’t and it did bad, bad things with my address
book. Quechup is the devil.

Again, sorry!


‘Nuff said.

This “problem” has been around for how many days now? Further proof that this is intentional behavior on Quechup’s part. Otherwise, they would have fixed it by now.

Veteran startup advice

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

Axel Schmiegelow shares some startup strategy advice today: Monetization or Reach?

Very familiar to what I think I would do if I ever were to launch a you know what.

Lunch 2.0 Germany: Have a bite in Hamburg, May 29

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Don’t know for certain, but this may well have led to the creation of this.

Anyway, Lunch 2.0 is on for the first time in Germany, May 29 at cellity AG in Hamburg, Germany.

Seating is very limited so sign up fast.

Oh, and I certainly hope startups in other cities will pick up the idea.

Update: I have confirmation that the latter was in fact inspired by having read the former. Ah, connecteur transatlantique.

LinkedIn has a blog (finally)

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

LinkedIn just launched their new blog: Your window to LinkedIn

Via Jeremiah Owyang: Community Evangelism isn’t just about Marketing, and LinkedIn takes the second step

Twitter, Inc.

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Ever heard of Twitter? Well, Twitter is now Twitter, Inc.

Via GigaOm: Twitter Leaves the Nest

San Jose 95128: Reporting from Silicon Valley for German newspaper

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

I was recently invited to blog at (the online edition of Germany daily newspaper DIE WELT).

The blog is in German and is called San Jose 95128.

I’ll be covering people, events, startups and anything else that makes this place interesting. I’ll also try to pay special attention to any kind of transatlantic transfer of ideas between Germany and the US.

I’m always happy to hear from my readers. Comments are open. Feel free to let me know your thoughts or what topics you’re interested in.

Looks like Germany was really missing an online community slash social network for parents, uh, moms…

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

Going through my feeds today I come across another two new social networks for mothers:

  • — Online community for mothers (Hamburg, Germany)
  • — Social network for families (Hamburg, Germany)
  • — By mothers for mothers (Cologne, Germany)

PaulsMama I had heard of before. And there may be at least one more project based in Berlin that’s currently in the making that I’m aware of.

Not surprising to finally see this level of actvity. There must be a least half a dozen similar projects in the US already.

CommunityNext: The Patent-Pending skinnyCorp Method for Creating Online Awesomeness and Other Cool Stuff

Monday, February 26th, 2007

This is another session from CommunityNext that I think really stood out.

The Threadless project started as a hobby. The goal was never to turn it into money — the founders were simply interested in art.

Again, it’s people doing what they are passionate about and doing it very, very well, and Jeffrey Kalmikoff and Jake Nickell of skinnyCorp give a prime example of that. Their motto is: “If we’re not having fun, we’re done!” (their measuring metric: a fun scale).

Their four commandments are:

  1. Allow your content to be created by its community (and by content they mean pretty much anything).
  2. Put your project in the hands of its community.
  3. Let your community grow itself.
  4. Reward the community that makes your project possible.

I mean, think of how much fun it must be to be able to come up with stuff like this (at work, that is).

Watch the video here.

CommunityNext: Founders Panel — How They Got to over 5 Million Members and What Is Next

Monday, February 26th, 2007

I found this panel at CommunityNext to be insightful, inspirational, and very entertaining. Gives a good glimpse into what I see is the spirit of Silicon Valley (or, in a way, the West Coast in general).

Bottom line: Do what you’re passionate about and give it your best shot!

The video is now on Youtube.

Panelists (from left to right):

Moderated by Guy Kawasaki.

By the way, I couldn’t find the original image that started it all on Fark’s website, but if you Google for “squirrel nuts” you get the idea. Go figure!

Join me on JoinR!

Monday, February 12th, 2007

I’m on JoinR.  Feel free to join me.

Not that I need another social network (I don’t even know if it’s any good), but it’s from Germany so I’m biased.

They’ve been making good use of their blog (in German) leading up to the launch.