Innovation trumps timeliness: the best ever list of belated gift ideas

Pete (@pc0):

Ideas for xmas and more importantly ideas for startups for any aspiring consumer centric tech entrepreneurs looking for inspiration.

Originally posted on PandoDaily:

gift-guideThere’s a lot of benefits from living and working in startup land. You get to try all the super convenient new services before anyone back home has ever heard of them.

You know the best place to get a price on home repair stuff (Thumbtack),  the service that will pick up, do, and return your laundry on the same day (Prim), and the companies that make and deliver cheapish, delicious, healthy, fresh meals (Sprig, Chefler, and Munchery).

Basically your whole world is a hell of a lot more efficient because you’re tapped into startup land.

But ’tis the holiday season, and therefore a perfect time for you to share said blessings with all the members of your world who are not plugged into Silicon Valley-ness via a social catheter.

Since arriving in the Bay, I’ve been keeping a running list of “best…

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Declaration December

Welcome to Declaration December
The truth will set you free. Or something like that.
Ok, so this time of year we have so many celebrations and festivities but before we get there how about we prepare and share?
I’d like to propose December as the month of declarations.  This sounds silly but I think once you get the hang of it, it could just catch on. An open, (usually) positive, proactive way of giving back that is free and widely useful.
  • Perhaps you would like to declare your love for someone or something? Why wait for the commercially dominated Valentine’s Day to tell your significant other they are loved or that you really have a thing for collecting green lamas? Each to their own I say, and the world is (sometimes) richer or at least amused for you sharing.
  • Perhaps you are going to declare the common yet worthwhile goal and declare your New Year resolution? Eating better can start right now right?
  • Perhaps it is appreciation that you want to share, this is mine for this year, something I believe that is not done enough. You can declare your appreciation for all the lovely (or mundane yet important) things someone close does for you and yours.  When was the last time you told your spouse you appreciate their contributions to day to day life?
  • Or perhaps you have an opinion good, bad, delightful or disastrous to share? You might like to declare your like or dislike for something local such as the proliferation of local street signs that actually contribute to road injuries … or perhaps you don’t like cats on the internet (good luck with that one). These sort of things rarely get shared all at once and maybe will have more impact if we all voice a the same time of year.
What would you like to declare this December?
Use hastag #decdec or #dd or #declarationdecember and link to (this article) and we will link back and share.
Leap Motion Unboxing

Yippee The Leap Motion Arrived

Giddy up, so keen to play with this. Some unboxing photos for the geek freaks out there. Motion sensor based computing here we come. Will be interesting to compare with the kinect.

The box itself is tiny and matches the imac and iphone neatly. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them roll the numerous chips inside up into one ASIC (application specific integrated circuit) and the give it away or licence it for embedding in devices so it is even more seamless and make the money from the app ecosystem. Some samples below with the robot hand app that had excellent finger joint and wrist roll recognition.

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The evolution of marketing

Pete (@pc0):

Looks like a lot of my circle of contacts are now officially marketers not just ‘mere’ geek entrepreneurs.

Originally posted on Start Up Blog:

I was asked by a respected colleague from the technology world this question: What is marketing? Mind you, this is a guy who is involved in, and gets marketing. As anyone who works in marketing knows, this is a difficult question to answer. But when I provided some thought on the question, I found that my answer is now longer than it used to be. Hence, I thought I would share it here.

I’ve broken it up into 3 parts. The first in order to provide a baseline definition and context.

General simplified thought: The development, distribution and promotion of products and services to suit a specific audience in order to achieve business objectives.

Unlike what many lay people believe it is neither about selling or advertising, and is much more about business management in totality. Or even more simply, marketing is a fancy word for business.

Marketing Then: The…

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How To Be Gracious

Pete (@pc0):

So true…

Originally posted on Shiny, Happy, Healthy.:

One of my colleagues at work this week tried to buy me a coffee.

I refused.

“No, no!” I waved away her money. “It’s fine!”
“Let me,” she said, pressing it into my hand. “I’d like to say thank you.”

Is this you?

Her graciousness made me stop and consider how I am about receiving.

I have an idea about the balance of things – I want to be a motivator in the world, a brightener, an energy source. I love to make a big deal out of people’s birthdays and celebrations. Give thoughtful gifts. Remember details. I want things to be lovely for people, especially the people I love, and I go to great lengths to make it so.

 I admit, it gives me the warm fuzzies to give the perfect gift or make a special meal or remember an important date.
But insidiously, underneath that, I think there’s a stubborn independence…

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3D printing is nothing special

Pete (@pc0):

As a Dad and passionate observer of people, I really agree with Steve on this one…

Originally posted on Start Up Blog:

People who read this blog and know me are aware of my obsession with 3D printing – and the fact that I think it will be bigger than the internet. Recently I had an experience with my 3D printer which was most enlightening. Before I share the story let me share a terrific definition of technology:

TechnologySomething that was invented after you were born.

So I was playing with my 3D printer in my home office when my 3 year old daughter entered the room. I asked her if she wanted me to print her something. Maybe a toy or some jewelry. She replied simple ‘Ok daddy’ and seemed pretty excited about it. Who wouldn’t be, it’s a 3D printer for crying out loud. So we picked one of the bracelets from the picture below, and sent the file to the printer. A pressed the print button…

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Seinfeld Today

Pete (@pc0):

Loving seinfeld today…

Originally posted on Start Up Blog:

I’m totally in love with Modern Seinfeld on Twitter (@seinfeldtoday). Each day I tune into the stream hoping for some more tweets which serve up 140 more characters of Seinfeld goodness. For the uninitiated, Modern Seinfeld is an ‘unofficial’ tweet stream in which each tweet is the synopsis for a fictional modern day Seinfeld episode. It really is the stuff of genius.

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But it has another possibly unintended benefit. It’s also a short cut to an understanding of the world we live in. For anyone who has been asleep for the past 15 years, and missed out on the revolution, then all they need to do is tune into this twitter feed. 397 tweet reads later and they’ll be all over digital pop culture. Check out these doozies below as examples:

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The other cool thing, is that the real Jerry hasn’t done anything ridiculous like asking them to…

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