Journal: News & Comment

Saturday, July 01, 2006
# 11:14:00 AM:

Chris Messina and Tara Hunt of Citizen Agency at Gnomedex

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Chris and Tara talk about being small, and working around the margins, and working together to make civilization better...

  • Thinking small.
  • Showing the presentation without talking.
  • The room is actually nearly silent.
  • Improve civilization by making independents able to do what they want and be non-zero-sum.
  • BarCamp happened in six days, and now there are dozens of derivates around the world in less than a year.
  • What are your stories of small success?
  • Boris: you mean you can do stuff without a "giant liquidity event"?
  • People seem to think that you have to go after multimillion dollar income.
  • Succeeding by doing things that people like and respect.
  • Dogster etc. focus on what the users want. Keep a focus on reasonable expectations and building a real business.
  • Darren: meet the 800-pound gorilla with 100 eight-pound orangutans.
  • Derek: don't forget the huge "dark" market of companies and customers that aren't some big hot whizzy ad-supported Web 2.0 thing. Sometimes it's about building web-based, Internet-focused software and services that customers will actually pay good money for.
  • Success means different things at different times in your life.
  • Interaction between independents and big companies, maybe in the same office space.
  • Form relationships with your customers. Forget a "community strategy," just talk to real people.


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