December 12, 2011

Idea Overload update

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A new version of Idea Overload is online! The design is a little bit better and faster. Also new free business ideas, links to business ideas, and new ideas on how to sell and market has been added. Go and check it out at:

Idea Overload - Find new ideas

December 3, 2011

A word on Adsense and Adblock

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A lot of websites these days are using Google Adsense to make a little bit of money. But a threat according to some - against using Adsense - is the people who are using Adblock. Adblock is a browser extension blocking ads. But is this really a threat against your revenue streams and should you try to block these users who are using Adblock?

In this earlier blog post "Sell sell sell" we learned that to make our company successful and to attract users, the group you should target first are the "innovators." These innovators are probably the part of your users who are using Adblock. And if you block these innovators and are making their life hard when using your website - how are they supposed to be able to tell other people about your website if they can't watch it? These innovators are probably not going to click on the ads anyway.

November 28, 2011

Trejdify update

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A new version of Trejdify is online:
  • It is now possible to login with your Twitter account when you are voting - to prevent one person from voting several times, and the users don't need to remember another login
  • A new design

November 26, 2011

Sweden in November

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When running a startup - it's important with exercise - you can't work all the time without sometimes clearing your head! This is how I clear my head. The location is "Hellasgarden" which is close to Stockholm! The rumor says that Gary Fisher - who is a famous mountain biker - said that Hellagarden is among the 10 best places in the world for mtb.










Here's a movie created in the same area:

November 24, 2011

Sell Sell Sell

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I've heard a rumor that most companies are going out of business because they don't know how to sell. Some prefer to use all their energy and use it in product development - but what happens next? One can use SEO - but that's not enough. One needs links to rank high in search engines, but where are they supposed to come from if people can't find you when you don't rank high in search engines?

The book "Crossing the Chasm" by Geoffrey Moore says that the first step when marketing your company is to target "innovators". Innovators pursue new technology products aggressively because technology is a central interest in their life. Winning them in the beginning is the key to success. Other people trust in these innovators that the innovators know what is good and what is not. These innovators want:
  • The truth without any tricks
  • They want to be first
  • They want everything cheap
  • The can tolerate an unfinished product - which is good if one quote Reid Hoffman (Linkedin etc):
"If your not ashamed of your first release you release to late!"

November 22, 2011

The Random Show with Kevin Rose and Tim Ferriss

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A new episode of the Random Show with Kevin Rose (founder of Digg) and Tim Ferriss (author of The 4-Hour Workweek) is out! This is episode 17


Untitled from Glenn McElhose on Vimeo.

Lessons learned:
  • TF owned no stocks or bonds - he had only invested his money in cash (super low risk) or startups (super high risk). On the other hand, KR argued that short-term US bonds are a safe investment because the probability that the US government will default is so low. 

Recommendations:
  • KR recommended the book Steve Jobs, and TF recommended the same author's other books: Benjamin Franklin and Einstein
  • Both TF and KR recommended Fab - "the place to discover the most exciting things for your life."
  • KR had begun using a new device called Up - "a wristband and app that tracks how you sleep, move and eat - then helps you use that information to feel your best."
  • TF recommended the travel site Trippy.

If you want to watch the rest of the episodes, you can find them here:
The Random Show with Kevin Rose and Tim Ferriss

November 21, 2011

Running a lean startups

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When running a startup, you have to be lean! It probably includes a lean life as well - to save money! Throwing out all the crap you don't really need is a good way to start. This guy only owns 51 things: http://exilelifestyle.com/51/

Web 3.0 is all about data

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Web 2.0 was all about interactivity and information sharing with those social sharing buttons- but what about Web 3.0? I've recently found this quote by @johanstael's twitter stream:
"Reid Hoffman - Internet 3:0 is all about data. That's where investors will be!"
I think this is true. A lot of web-sites these days are for free, but in secret, these web-sites collect data about their users. One example is the company Readmill, who thinks they will make money by selling data about how their users read their books to book publishers.

So if you have a startup - make sure to collect data from your users in some way - that's where the future is.

November 13, 2011

Morten Lund talks

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A new talk with following Q&A by Morten Lund - creator/investor of Skype, Everbread, Tradeshift, etc

November 9, 2011

Idea Overload update

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A new version of Idea Overload is online. The following has changed:
  • The site is now responsive to different screen-sizes. The layout changes when the screen size gets smaller
  • A new front-page
  • Coded in html5 - and not xhtml
  • New business ideas and links to new ideas

Idea Overload - Find new ideas

October 19, 2011

Idea Overload update

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Idea Overload has been updated. The user might not notice much, but the code is a little bit faster! Also a new business idea has been added by one of our users. Go and check it out at:

Idea Overload - Find new ideas

October 10, 2011

Idea Overload at KillerStartups.com

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Idea Overload has been reviewed by KillerStartups.com. People seem to like the idea behind Idea Overload (they click like mad people - almost 1000 in one day), but they do not want to vote for it which is interesting. Maybe, the heading at KillerStartups.com is somewhat misleading. It says Free Business Ideas, but Idea Overload is more than that - Idea Overload is an idea generator - so it is more than just business ideas.

September 24, 2011

Idea Overload

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Idea Overload has been updated. We have fixed some of the complaints we have received from our users and added a new creative method: Paint and write. We also added Contribute which make it easier for our users to contribute and get in touch with us.

Go and check it out at: Idea Overload - Get Creative Thinking and find Business Ideas and Ideas on how to Sell and Market

Henrik Berggren – From angels to VCs

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"Turn the coin around - the investors have to spend their money - that´s their job"

September 22, 2011

Startup Document Center

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The people over at Business Insider have collected documents you can use if you are creating your own business. Business plan template, financial model, and so on.

Go and check it out at: Startup Document Center

September 6, 2011

Google Page Speed

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Google Page Speed is a great way to find out how to improve the speed of your Website. Go and check it out here: pagespeed.googlelabs.com

Trejdify

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Trejdify has been updated. It is now possible to see the type of resource on the front page (=books, articles, etc). The precision of the sort-function is also improved.

Go and check it out at: Trejdify - Find the best economic resources to survive the bear market or bull market

September 5, 2011

Leaving Microsoft to change the world

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I have just finished the book Leaving Microsoft to change the world. It´s about John Wood who used to work for Microsoft at a high position but decided to quit after visiting a school while on vacation in Nepal. He founded the organization Room to Read. The non-profit organization focuses on building libraries in poor countries and other activities for poor people. It was interesting to learn how John Wood took what he learned at Microsoft and applied it to a non-profit organization.

Find broken links on Websites

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A great way to find out if your Website has broken links is to download Xenu´s Link Sleuth. With one click - the program searches your Website and gives you a report if a link is not found.

Download it here: http://home.snafu.de/tilman/xenulink.html

September 1, 2011

Trejdify

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Trejdify has been updated. Some minor bugs have been fixed. Also, it is now possible to search the Website

Go and check it out at: Trejdify - Find the best economic resources to survive the bear market or bull market

August 29, 2011

Idea Overload

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Idea Overload has been updated. Some minor bugs have been fixed. Also, it is now possible to find new ideas on how to sell and market your company or blog, etc.

Go and check it out at: Idea Overload - Get Creative Thinking and find Business Ideas and Ideas on how to Sell and Market

Check your spelling

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If you write this:

javascript:var ta=document.createElement('textarea'); var s=document.createAttribute('style'); s.nodeValue='width:100%;height:100em;'; ta.setAttributeNode(s); ta.appendChild(document.createTextNode(document.body.innerText)); document.body.appendChild(ta); ta.focus(); for(var i=1;i<=ta.value.length;i++)ta.setSelectionRange(i,i);

...as a URL in a bookmark in Chrome - you can use it to check the spelling of you Website.

August 28, 2011

The Day After Peace

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The film charts Gilley's extraordinary 10-year journey to establish Peace Day on 21 September, and shows how the Day is being used around the world to save lives.

August 27, 2011

The Random Show with Kevin Rose and Tim Ferriss

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This is a collection of all episodes of the Random Show with Kevin Rose and Tim Ferriss. Kevin Rose is the creator of Digg.com and Tim Ferris is the author of book 4-Hour Workweek. I think this is the complete collection - the numbering of the show appears random as well, but it should be episode 1-16

1.

Tim and Kevin from Glenn McElhose on Vimeo.

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Random Episode Numero 2 from Glenn McElhose on Vimeo.

3.

Random w/ Tim and Kevin - Ep3 from Glenn McElhose on Vimeo.

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The 4th Random Episode from Glenn McElhose on Vimeo.

5-6. China Special

China Part 2a from Glenn McElhose on Vimeo.


Random - China Episode 2 Part B from Glenn McElhose on Vimeo.


Random Episode in China from Glenn McElhose on Vimeo.

7-8.

Random Episode 87 from Glenn McElhose on Vimeo.

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14-15.

Random Episode 15 from Glenn McElhose on Vimeo.

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August 26, 2011

Quote: Edward Tufte

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To clarify - add detail


/Edward Tufte in Envisioning Information

How to create a Sitemap

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XML Sitemap

Submit the XML Sitemap through Google Webmaster Tools. Name the file sitemap.xml
Read more at Sitemaps.org

A sitemap your visitors can see on your page

This can also help Google find all your pages. This also helps your visitors if they are lost or are trying to find a specific page.