Jeff Jarvis' What Would Google Do
What would google do book

Hey, I’ve just finished (listening) the book What Would Google Do and I must say it was great. The focus of the book was not so much Google as a company and its politics and corporate structure (as some may expect) as what are the principles and ideologies that Google preaches. As well as why such a principles are so successful in today’s world.

About the author (Jeff Jarvis)

After listening the book I became interested in Jeff‘s background and how did he got the idea of the book. Also what other ideas he got. So, naturally, I started following him at Twitter (@JeffJarvis). For anyone who is more interested in reading blogs, you could as well visit the BuzzMachine.com which I intend to follow as well.

 

What Would Google Do principles

The main principles I will take away after listening to this book are:

  1. Give people control, and they will use it;
  2. Control and trust are reciprocally correlated – the more you want to control your audience or  customers, the less they will trust you. Handle them the control and you will receive back their trust and willingness to follow you;
  3. Charge your customers as little as you can bare instead of (the regular and mainstream way) as much as the market could bare;
  4. Create a platform for collaboration and open all your information for third parties;
  5. Give your product’s core value for free and monetize on the additional value your product can provide to customers;

The rest of the principles I will left for you to discover.

After reading this one I added the other Jeff’s books to my to-read list in goodreads.

Probably the next books I am looking forward to reading (listening) are as follows:

  1. Tribes – by Seth Godin
  2. Start With Why – by Simon Sinek

I’ve just finished reading (listening actually) the EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches by Dave Ramsey. I would recommend it as a great motivational book. I can confirm that this book had a much more specific recommendations for growing successful business than most of the other similar books I read.

If I could put in a simple manner the things I took from this book, they would be:

  1. Start small and simple;
  2. Hiring is not frightening as long as you have the patience and perseverance to find like-minded people;
  3. Hire people that are like you;
  4. Build a team, not a crowd of workers;
  5. Treat your team members the way you would like to be treated;
  6. Delegating without control is a disaster;
  7. No victory comes fast or easy;

To say honestly, I was not a big believer in that “mission statement” thing. I often do hear the sentences: “Our mission statement is” such and such, “We have to have create a mission statement before we can be successful” and so on and so forth. I actually did not believe that such a “piece of paper with a bunch of gibberish in it” is of a significant importance to anyone. Dave Ramsey made me make up my mind. I still am not a huge believer but at least now I know what is its meaning and why it will come in handy at a certain moment.

I will recommend this book to anyone who is:

  1. A kind of entrepreneur
  2. Business owner
  3. working in a company but wants to change something for the better

As a conclusion: I became a fan of Dave’s and I will subscribe for his podcast on that topic: the EntreLeadership podcast.

I recently got back from a very short but relaxing vacation. It feels great. No need to say that I guess…

The only problem is that now I have a ton of enthusiasm and absolutely no time. I desperately want to get my hands dirty with some new projects. It’s been a while since I got a few ideas and procrastinating them because of other important stuff started to get me nervous.

I sense it’s one of those time when you shoot start making time by cutting even other important tasks and activities. Or should I implement some technique for getting less sleep?

Hey there!

Have you ever had a mentor? I did not, yet I hear from a lot of different sources that it really pumps up your motivation. As I perceive it, such a guy can and will tell you what mistakes you do along the way, because he/she did the same. And most important – will help you fix them.

Ok, so I decided to go for it and look for a mentor…
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I found a post about the benefits of writing a blog. I’ve been aware to many of the mentioned in that article but non the less I found a couple of new ones which have been eluded to me before.  That should be “you get smarter” and “writing makes you a better reader”.

Think and write your ideas and view points

Never the less I have wanted to write my own blog so I could share my ideas and interests with other people. So far, I didn’t share much of either but I hope it will get better in the near future. Maybe I’ll stick with sharing interesting articles about startups and stuff I’ve read recently.

This time I came here to share this article explaining why you should blog even if no visitors go to your page. Many people are concerned with that matter and often fail to consider the whole lot of other advantages you get when blogging about whatever.

I hope this article will get you on your feet again and convince you to start blogging. If so, write me to let me know. I’d be glad to share and talk with you about anything.

So here it is…

You should blog even if you have no readers

Maxim Krizhanovski sent me an interesting article today. I’ve read it and saw some real down-sides (as I always knew there were some) of the Lean Startup methodology. I thought it would be nice for you to read them too.

Obeying blindly your hunch towards the lean methodology is a real potential threat about your business. As the authors says – it’s not very possible to find a customer that will pay you to learn from your mistakes.

Here it is…

Fat startup: Learn the lessons of my failed Lean Startup

I found a very reasonable article from Mixergy. The post is about starting your own business without needing an exact idea or cash upfront. The is a video but you have to pay in order to view it. The good news is there is a video transcript in the bottom. It’s a bit longer but it is worth the time to read it.

Here is the exact link: SnapInspect: How To Find A Software Idea And Pre-Sell It Before It’s Built (Without Any Coding Skills Or Capital) – with Sam Ovens

One wanna-preneur asks him/herself such a question each and every day, especially if you really can’t think of a skill or talent or anything at all you posses. It is a rather hard and disappointing answer in most of the times.

Having in mind the above I’d like to share with you a post at Quora that I recently found. It’s great and have a lot to tell to everyone. I hope you like it at least a much as I did. Enjoy :)

 

What is the best business to start with the lowest overhead?

I don’t have a lot of money. I also don’t have any real skills (i.e. video editor, designer, writer, etc.). What kind of business could I create that wouldn’t cost a lot of money?

I have been forwarded to an awesome post about the down sides of dating an entrepreneur. The title is: Do Not Date an Entrepreneur. The point of view of the girl there is very interesting and sound (my opinion). Nevertheless it pretty much depends on the commitment of the entrepreneur. If the entrepreneur is fully committed to the business he/she develops, then yea… lonely and dynamic life is ahead.