I believe the real driving force is thousands of Etsy sellers using Twitter (and Facebook) to share their latest items for sale with friends and followers.

So it makes perfect sense for Etsy to use its Twitter account to highlight those sellers, retweet their posts, and cultivate and curate the Etsy community on Twitter.

Fred Wilson, How Etsy Uses Twitter, from his A VC blog

Since I’ve often described Genlighten.com as “Etsy for Genealogy Document Retrieval”, it should come as no surprise that I see Etsy’s Twitter strategy as a perfect fit for us. As our providers Twitter about the lookups they offer, and post links to them on Facebook, we can in turn “cultivate and curate” the Genlighten community on Twitter. Thanks, Fred!

An entrepreneur is only able to mentally fully commit if he is able to break any prior reservations he had about pursuing his startup. The most successful entrepreneurs exhibit a 100% time and mental dedication to their startup that would be impossible if they still possessed reservations about their future.

Leo Sternlicht, The Overconfident and Unrealistic Entrepreneur

I’ve pretty much broken my prior reservations… but I’m still a long way from quitting the day job. I’ve got the overconfident and unrealistic part down, though.

Genlighten Presentation at the EGS Monthly Meeting

Our presentation tonight went fairly well. About 50 in attendance… some great questions/suggestions, and very productive chat with a local APG leader who strongly encouraged us to attend the International Black Genealogy Summit coming up in October. Highlight was the live demo Cyndy and I did of the lookup ordering / fulfillment process (and client-provider messaging in real time!)

Our first non-Cyndy lookup provider offered their first two lookups on Genlighten today!

Our first non-Cyndy lookup provider offered their first two lookups on Genlighten today!

If you’ve never supported your own software, spending just one day doing tech support will be an eye-opening – not to mention humbling - experience. You’ll have to keep your ego in check, because most people who contact tech support do so because they’re having problems with your software, some of whom will use colorful language to describe the annoyances they’re running into.

But that’s the stuff you need to hear. You need to hear it because you’re the one who can solve those annoyances. You’re the one who can get rid of all the things that prevent your software from being that kick-ass program that people recommend to their friends and co-workers.

Nick Bradbury, If You Want to Write Useful Software, You Have to Do Tech Support

I’m actually kind of looking forward to doing this.

fred-wilson:

nickdouglas:

Wifi Diner by Joshua Ellingson (via reimer:thedayhascome)
Finally, a “Nighthawks” tribute that updates the loneliness of the original

I often end up eating at restaurants alone with my laptop when I’m staffing the Genlighten booth at genealogy conferences. I don’t really find it lonely at all, though I suspect it may look that way to others.

fred-wilson:

nickdouglas:

Wifi Diner by Joshua Ellingson (via reimer:thedayhascome)

Finally, a “Nighthawks” tribute that updates the loneliness of the original

I often end up eating at restaurants alone with my laptop when I’m staffing the Genlighten booth at genealogy conferences. I don’t really find it lonely at all, though I suspect it may look that way to others.

If rewards do not work, what does? I recommend that employers pay workers well and fairly and then do everything possible to help them forget about money. A preoccupation with money distracts everyone — employers and employees — from the issues that really matter.

Those issues might be abbreviated as the three C’s of quality: choice, collaboration and content. Choice means workers should participate in making decisions about what they do. Collaboration means they should be able to work together in effective teams. Content refers to the job’s tasks. To do a good job, people need a good job to do.

from Alfie Kohn, "For Best Results, Forget the Bonus", via Hacker News

Choice, collaboration, content… and equity?

I think we need a new word. Something that isn’t demeaning. Something that doesn’t imply laziness or lack of effort.

Josh Kopelman on why we need a better term for “Lifestyle Business.”

I haven’t been able to come up with anything better than the options given by the commenters to Josh’s post. I kinda like “Kauffmann Business” (suggested by commenter Miles.)

Personally, I’m ok with “Lifestyle Business”… but this blog isn’t called “Nice Little Niche” for nothing.

I have a “Rule of Time in Startups”: How much time does a bootstrapped company take? All of it.

Even ten people could hardly keep up with everything you do in small business — creating, consulting, designing, fixing, self-promotion, blogging, networking, bookkeeping, taxes, customer support and cultivation, reading startup blogs for ideas and inspiration (!), and all those little crappy things like losing an afternoon troubleshooting your fancy outsourced IP phone system that was supposed to let you “work from anywhere.”

One, two, or even three people can’t do everything, so of course it takes all your time. If you’re working a day job while starting something on the side, of course you don’t have time to exercise or play with your kids before bed.

It takes obsession to make a little company go.

Jason Cohen, Sacrifice your health for your startup, from his A Smart Bear blog.

Dean: I don’t completely buy his main premise… but then, we’re not successful yet!

fred-wilson:
my grandfather - my dad’s dad - i didn’t really know him. he died when i was a little kid. his name is Leroy Clark Wilson.  the gotham gal and i are investors in a west village restaurant called Joseph Leonard, named after the owner Gabriel’s two grandfathers. the walls are going to be filled with pictures of grandfathers, including mine.

Sounds like a fun research challenge… we’ll see what we can do. — Dean

fred-wilson:

my grandfather - my dad’s dad - i didn’t really know him. he died when i was a little kid. his name is Leroy Clark Wilson.  the gotham gal and i are investors in a west village restaurant called Joseph Leonard, named after the owner Gabriel’s two grandfathers. the walls are going to be filled with pictures of grandfathers, including mine.
Sounds like a fun research challenge… we’ll see what we can do. — Dean