2010
05.30

2. Street Smarts – OK, so you’re a tenacious person – you never give up. Well obviously that’s meaningless if your startup idea sucks. I don’t think it takes book smart people to build great companies – sometimes it’s a hindrance. But you do have to be a smart person and I personally prefer street smarts. I’m looking for the person that just “gets it.” They know instinctually how customers buy and how to excite them. They have a sixth sense for the competitors’ weaknesses. They spot opportunities that aren’t being met and the design products to meet these needs.

Because they’re street smart, most great entrepreneurs tend to prefer getting out and talking with real customers rather than sitting in a cubicle all day doing beautiful PowerPoint slides. And when they walk in my office and present you can tell that they know what they’re talking about. You can practically hear the “voice of the customer” when they’re presenting their concept.

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2010
05.29

One of the questions I’m most often asked as a VC is what I’m looking for in an investment. For me I’ve stated publicly that 70% of my investment decision is the team and most of this is skewed toward the founders. I’ve watched people who went to the top schools, got the best grades and worked for all the right companies flame out.

So what skills does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? What attributes am I looking for during the process? Having been through the experience as an entrepreneur twice myself I have developed a list of what I think it takes. This post covers the first out of 10 that I’ll write about.

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2010
05.29

I had a picture in the office of my first company with the logo above and the capital letters JFDI. (In case it’s not obvious it’s a play on the Nike slogan, “Just Do It.”) I believe that being successful as an entrepreneur requires you to get lots of things done. You are constantly faced with decisions and there is always incomplete information. This paralyzes most people. Not you.

Entrepreneurs make fast decisions and move forward knowing that at best 70% of their decisions are going to be right. They move the ball forward every day. They are quick to spot their mistakes and correct. Good entrepreneurs can admit when their course of action was wrong and learn from it. Good entrepreneurs are wrong often. If you’re not then you’re not trying hard enough. Good entrepreneurs have a penchant for doing vs. over-analyzing. (obviously don’t read this as zero analysis)

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2010
05.16

Steve JobsがAppleのウェブサイトに、「Thoughts on Flash」という長文を発表した。iPhoneやiPadでFlashをサポートしないAppleに対してしびれを切らしたAdobeは、iPhone向けFlashの開発をあきらめた、訴える!と鼻息が荒いが、これに対する反論が6つのポイントで綴られている。

読んだ感想としては、両社ともにそれぞれの企業のユーザー、開発者を大切にしていて、それ故の主張の違いが現れているように感じた。つまり、言い分としてはどっちもどっち。しかしAdobeにはデバイスがなく、Appleにはデバイスがあってしかも成功を収めている点が大きな違いになる。

印象的だったのは、Steve Jobsは「Mobile Era」という言葉を持ち出してきて、Flashを「PCとマウスの過去の時代のもの」と指摘している点。WebKitやタッチスクリーンのトレンドは、半分以上Appleが作り上げたスタンダードであり、他の端末メーカーが追いかけている。つまり支持していることになる。なぜAdobeがFlashを進化させないのか、という疑問をぶつけている。

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2010
05.10

Thoughts on Music

【这是乔布斯二零零七年二月六日发表在苹果公司网站上的反 DRM 宣言,据我所知,最早的中文版由 chengyuan 网友翻译并发表在「Blog 中文翻译」(现在似乎被删掉了,不过你还是可以在这里看到)。考虑到此文的重要性,我于二月廿四日重译了这个版本——译者。】

【更新!二零零七年四月二日,即本文发表后不到两个月,EMI 唱片公司正式宣布全面放弃 DRM,其拥有的全部音乐将先后在 iTunes 及其他线上音乐商店以不含 DRM 的形式出售。这些音乐采用 256kbps 的 AAC 格式编码,可在任何支持该格式的音乐播放器上播放——译者。】

苹果的 iPod 音乐播放器与 iTunes 线上音乐商店在全球获得了巨大成功,有人遂而呼吁苹果「开放」其用来防止音乐被盗用的「数字版权管理」技术(DRM),从而令购自 iTunes 的音乐能够在其他公司的数码设备上播放,同时,购自其他线上音乐商店的加了锁的音乐也可以在 iPod 上播放。让我们来研究一下目前的情况及其来龙去脉,然后看看未来的三种可能性。

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