I would jump at the chance, for a small fee ($20+), to be able to email an expert on Quora and know they are going to respond privately to me. There are countless of highly specialized experts on the site answering broad questions, I think people would be very willing to pay to get their more specific questions answered.
Archive for the ‘Startups’ Category
A labyrinth may look like a maze so it may seem like there are rules, but a labyrinth is dynamic and can change as the last second. Come to a wall, maybe it can be smashed. Maybe you can go under it. Maybe the wall disappears every once in a while. Maybe you can turn it into a unicorn and ride it away. It may not even exist. There truly are no rules.
Startups are like labyrinths, there are no rules and everything is coninously changing. You have to be ready for what comes and even then you have to make sure you truly understand what you are faced with.
Even the roles of its players is not easy to define and changes often. There is no easily defined pipeline of work for people in a startup to pull from. There is just this big pile of a mess that needs to be picked up and organized. And it’s done by everyone.
If you love labyrinths, you’ll love startups.
I do not know how I missed this one, but GrubWith.us is a social dining website that lets you join a table of strangers at a highlighted restaurant. So, basically, you go to GrubWith.us, see a list of upcoming dinners at different restaurants, you can then buy a seat at any one that has a spot open, along with twelve other strangers. It is a really fun and clever way to meet new people.
Interview with founder Eddy Lu at: How Eddy Lu Of GrubWith.Us Makes Money Having Dinner With New Friends
I am partial to startups focused on food and I am loving the new services that are popping up around it. I would like to see more people working on startups around food, specifically around the idea of sharing or the making of food.
Here are a few that have gotten my attention recently.
CookItFor.us which launched at midVenturesLAUNCH on Tuesday here in Chicago. CookItFor.us matches people with recipes they want made with others who will make it for them. It’s one of those ideas that was hard to grasp at first, but I think it has huge potential if they focus and find a group of people who love trying new foods.
Forkly is in stealth, but the name and logo leads me to believe it is food related. That’s all I got on them
FoodSpotting.com – People sharing their plates of food, mostly from restaurants. Great way to see what restaurants actually make so you know if it is at least visually interesting.
Foodzie is a marketplace for artisan food makers. It is kind of like Etsy for foodies… You will want to buy most everything on here.
TasteSpotting.com is community driven recipe book. Effectively they collect recipes from around the web and display them in a beautiful recipe card format.
Any others I missed?
The author of Entrepreneur2Be.com wrote a rather thoughtful summary of one of my favorite books, Founders At Work by Jessica Livingston.
News.YC user fauigerzigerk did a great job of listing out all the prominent technology companies and the number of founders they were created with. I do not know why I find the topic of “how many finders does it take” so interesting, but I do.