A storm surge hit Montauk this past weekend with some huge waves. Way too much for me, I opted to take some shots instead.
Empressr is the presenting sponsor for Social Media for Social Change conference that is raising money to support Jane Doe Inc. Check out the press release, it has been picked up by over 100 news sites, very cool, I posted it to the Empressr blog for all to see.
It has been a sad and unfortunate couple of weeks here at Fusebox and Empressr. One of our own Jimmy has fallen very ill. Many of my friends have met him in some respect or other, he was at SXSW he was at the latest Web 2.0 in San Francisco, a city he loves, and has been a true catalyst in the development of the business for both Fusebox and Expressr.
I learned last weekend that Jimmy had a stroke!! at only 38 years old it was not only shocking but heartbreaking, knowing his love for life and love for people. This had a profound impact on my own life. I guess you can say fortunately for him, his stroke only effected his left leg and to a minor extent other motor actions of his left side. I visited him in his hospital room last Tuesday and his sprits were high, a little confused why something like this would happen to him. Yesterday he was moved to a rehab center, not an Amy Winehouse sorta rehab but one that will get him walking and moving like he once did. I feel great sadness for these events and wish him the world and hope for a speedy recovery.
I know and understand the frailty of life from what happened to me two years ago that event like this changes your life in more ways that you can possibly think. Sometimes it takes a radical event like a stroke or what had happened to me to realize that life is way too short and should be lived every day, there is no waiting for tomorrow, cause tomorrow may not be there. I will support Jimmy in his decisions as he embarks on this new chapter of his life and I hope that he decides to remain part of the Fusebox Empressr family, no matter where he ends up. Much love, and get well soon.
Mediabistro Circus May 20-21 New York
Streaming Media East: The Business & Technology of Online Video May 20-22 In New York
might attend, kinda on the fence
The New York Open Coffee Club Meetup, May 22
Tech Cocktails Chicago May 29th
Global Citizen aka Mike Davis while taking a break from his globe trotting, spent some time creating a heart touching empressr from a very moving story entitled: greatness? how about goodness.
These are awesome and I wish I had written them down, this is what I believe in and how I am building Empressr, Loic thanks for reading my mind, next time let me know you’re doing that first 🙂
- Don’t wait for a revolutionary idea. It will never happen. Just focus on a simple, exciting, empty space and execute as fast as possible
- Share your idea. The more you share, the more you get advice and the more you learn. Meet and talk to your competitors.
- Build a community. Use blogging and social software to make sure people hear about you.
- Listen to your community. Answer questions and build your product with their feedback.
- Gather a great team. Select those with very different skills from you. Look for people who are better than you.
- Be the first to recognise a problem. Everyone makes mistakes. Address the issue in public, learn about and correct it.
- Don’t spend time on market research. Launch test versions as early as possible. Keep improving the product in the open.
- Don’t obsess over spreadsheet business plans. They are not going to turn out as you predict, in any case.
- Don’t plan a big marketing effort. It’s much more important and powerful that your community loves the product.
- Don’t focus on getting rich. Focus on your users. Money is a consequence of success, not a goal.
Thanks to Kelly and Chris at hackcollege.com.
Kelly worked for me (Empressr) at our booth at SXSW during the interactive festival. He totally killed it! I just had to help them with their podcast. I’m proud to sponsor them. So check hackcollege.com out, even if your not a student anymore, you might learn something new.
Empressr is around 2:30 into the video
Frankwatching @ The Next Web 2008