DR. WHAW? – February 1, 2010
This post was written by Clay Schossow, one of three new contributors to DR. WHAW?, which will be a daily feature moving forward. A big thanks to Clay and the other two for their help, and look for a post about these three rockstars tomorrow!
- I think DR. WHAW? is a great concept and I’m excited to be involved.
- She’s cultivated a really great community on this blog and I’m happy to become a part of the conversation.
- She’s a fellow Tar Heel and feels my pain about this basketball season.
I run a web design, development and marketing start-up, so my posts will tend to be more about entrepreneurship, business and marketing. Rebecca was cool with this direction, as we both believe variety is the spice of life. This post is my first in the DR. WHAW? series, so please let me know in the comments what you think of the content I post, as my goal is to provide the most interesting and thought-provoking articles I can. Feel free to offer up criticism, I promise I won’t take it personally. And I promise that I’ll keep getting better as I post more.
So, without further ado, here’s what I Didn’t Read While Hard At Work (but wanted to!).
DR. WHAW? – February 1, 2010
- Why do we take ourselves so seriously? — This is a great, short piece from a few days ago that I just got to read today on the Brains on Fire blog. In a world where so many people and companies take themselves alarmingly seriously, this post was a refreshing breath of fresh air. It’s always nice to be reminded that people like to interact and work with folks that can laugh at themselves and have a good time. These laughs and fun moments will likely translate into trust and a positive experience.
- The Present Value of Future Cash Flows — Don’t let the title intimidate you; this post is a really easy read about a basic tenet of investing. More than the individual post, I’m excited about this series by Fred Wilson, MBA Mondays. Fred is one of the better known and more successful VC’s out there, and he’s going to start a weekly post giving a basic MBA lesson in layman’s terms. For those of us who focus on the business side of things but don’t have an MBA, I imagine this series will be very helpful and enlightening.
- Are You a C.E.O. of Something? — Great NY Times interview of Zynga CEO Mark Pincus. Sheds some light into how he organizes his business, delegates responsibility, and keeps a positive corporate culture.
- Notes From a Conversation With Y Combinator’s Paul Graham — Paul Graham is an accomplished entrepreneur, essayist, and venture capitalist (through his Y Combinator program). I always enjoy reading things he writes and watching interviews with him. I thought these notes were kind of the Paul Graham CliffsNotes, as it gives a nice, quick 30,000 view of his overall philosophies on entrepreneurship. If you enjoy this, I definitely recommend you delve into some of his writing on his site.
- Trail of Breadcrumbs — A new study says 89% of journalists turn to blogs for research and 65% use social media. Some convincingly high numbers of why organizations should be engaging in these media. These numbers rang true for me, as a reporter from Nebraska called me a few weeks ago to discuss some of the political articles on our blog; they ended up spinning our posts into the backbone of their story, which was really cool. Also, love Todd’s analogy of social media and blog content to breadcrumbs.
Well, those are my first five articles. I know Rebecca usually posts seven, but she still has a leg up in the experience category. Seven will be something to which I will aspire. Let me know your thoughts on this inaugural post and I’ll work to keep getting better. Looking forward to the conversation!