Some run from problems trying to avoid them altogether. The latest thinking is that one should get out in front of problems to contain, react, or respond to challenges.
Some see problems as opportunities. A chance to improve your process to work around or through something that threatens to stall your progress. In every problem there lies lessons. The keen observer can see through to new ways and alternate paths to even higher goals. It is a fact that many if not most of the greatest innovations result from accident. This does not mean screwing up on purpose, rather it means that you shouldn’t let the hiccup slow you down nor stop you. Be agile enough to “stick and move”.
Several years ago business computing was almost entirely the domain of Microsoft and its thunderous legion of OEM manufacturering adherents foreign and domestic. MS certifications and .Net programming were your virtual ticket to jobs and opportunities . Computer Sciece degrees ignored everything else until Apps and social media became the passport to high paying jobs and million dollar opportunities. Back then one need consider Macs or MacOS in the enterprise let alone make space for mobile devices other than Backberries.
Fast forward to today.
Things have indeed changed! App, Cloud and moble security developers have become the positions most in demand.
Apple has actually managed to a limited extent to insert itself into many businesses and educational institutions by showing up well in the pockets and pouches of culture concious young tech execs worldwide. Windows fragmentation has managed to frustrate and confuse almost everyone including so-called Windows experts and network professionals.
Most companies have been content to just tread water and limp along as if things remain the same. Aggressive and forward thinking IT departments have steeped into the breach to include and support Linux and BYOD mobile devices.
We are only at the early phases of anything like platform ubiquity. (the Holy Grail of corporate computing). As Apple invades the enterprise via iPhones and iPads and Web apps lessen our need for Office Suites we should soon see a different ecosystem develop that is a bit more platform agnostic and manufacturer neutral.
TechCrunch Giveaway: A New iPad! #TechCrunch | TechCrunch.
A new iPad giveaway opportunity is in front of you if you find it worth jumping through the requisite hoops for the chance and they deliver on their promise. It might be hard for their staff to do if they don’t have one of their own.
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Mighty Microsoft is busy trying to swoop up HP’s recently orphaned WebOS developers with lavish pledges and offers of Free Phones and more to any who switch over to the Windows Phone smartphone/tablet platform.
Microsoft’s evangelist Brandon Watson and the Windows Phone team’s offer goes out to those writing code for HP’s webOS and their message is clear, “Develop for us instead, we pledge all manner of support to programmers who make the switch. We’ll give you what you need to be successful on Windows Phone, including free phones, developer tools, and training, etc.,”
TCF spoke with a friend and long-time Palm WebOS developer who said he is still somewhat numb and in shock.
He is wary that by signing on with another also-ran instead of Apple, the market leader, he could be risking the future of his company. After similar handoffs, first from US Robotics, to 3Com , to Palm and eventually to HP he fears and dreads a similar fate somewhere down the line if the Windows Phone can’t quickly get market traction and make a successful splash onto the market
In the worst case scenario, it could result in valuable wasted time and effort, money and finances, and in the end unrecoverable lost opportunities.
Are you aware of LinkedIn Today?
It seems somehow that we may be heading back into the old school Internet days of Web Portals, Push Technology and Website Personalization. In the intervening years Social Media has provided significant hooks adding a new sort of “persistence” and convergence to the mix that makes this technology twist both sticky and interesting. LinkedIn Today is just one shining example, but look for others hoping to leverage their influence and extend their brand into new areas.
I don’t know how Start Page proponents only now beginning to make a dent in the marketplace like MyWay for example missed this or just how they will react or respond, however they should at least be aware that a new game is on and get busy or they will get pushed to the margins.
Wall Street seems to just love LinkedIn, in the eight year of business and is busy hiring amidst a strong move to go IPO with share prices recently at $45 have begun to surge above $100 mark more that doubling the market value of the company.
If you are an early investor in Linked In or an employee with ample stock options you might have become a millionaire in the blink of an eye. The Mountain View, Calif company shot up 109 percent in its first-day gain.
As Linked In went public the fortunes of the company zoomed past twice the value estimated. The NYSE had a feeling of the good old days of the late 1990s and the dot com boom and tech bubble. Financial news networks foamed at the mouth as by the closing bell at the end of business, LinkedIn attained a market value of over $9 billion. The stock, issued at $45, went as high as $122.70 just before noon and closed at $94.25 on trading volume of 30 million shares.
We might soon see Twitter, Groupon and Facebook going to the well and cashing in.
I had been hoping that San Francisco’s Salesforce.com and Moutain View’s LinkedIn could have come together that would have made great strategic sense to me but now that the LinkedIn’s value has gone through the roof that may not be practical or possible.
There is absolutely no way today that I am going to pay $5 for an electronic magazine I have to read on iPads and eReaders.
I don’t know who thought this would be an idea that would fly but it seems to be stillborn out the blocks. Publishers are quickly rethinking their plans due to flops of the early efforts. They probably hoped they could abandon the exorbitant production and distribution costs of print editions and launch themselves into the emerging digital ecosystem. In the light of early consumer negative reactions it looks like that won’t happen any time soon, if ever. For it to have worked they would have to have brought something totally new and innovative to the game that we couldn’t live without. Just running on our cool iPads is just not good enough. This harkens back to some of the original arguments we used to have about how new forms of interaction on websites could and should be enhanced in view of all the new tools and capabilities made possible in the new era. They would have to seriously reinvent the magazine reading and enjoyment experience. That just didn’t happen. They thought that simply repurposing their popular publications and attaching a fee would be enough. It wasn’t, isn’t, and won’t ever be!
So, What to do? Publishers could have shared the print production savings with readers by dramatically lowering per-magazine or subscription costs. They could have brought new highy-interactive levels of articles content by adding great video, audio and bacground information. They could have even developed new innovative ways of organizing and presenting that content . Lastly the most practical idea. They could have invested savings in hiring grat writers to create more and better content and features. All these “could haves” were only half-heartedly considered or attempted. I am still looking for the brilliant publisher that actually “gets it”. He, she, or they would have to be a dyslexic believer in non-linear information presentation with a penchant for reinventing publishing. Mashing up video and creative writing could possibly the bait to lure a harsh critic like me in to take a look or spend my money. But I have very little faith that even if they got it right that they could sustain it over the long haul without diluting it with ads and junk and killing it in attempts to monetize and reap profit.
Either way, some hard choices will have to be made before the print industry implodes or the online industry finds its way.
One of the above ideas is actually going to happen.
Single iPad issues will drop from $3.99 to $4.99 an issue down to $1.99. Yearly subscriptions will cost $19.99. Current print subscribers, will be able to access iPad editions for free.
When this happens, in the near future, I will be one of the first ones to jump on board that train! That could go a long way develop the emerging market and bring the savings that publishers are planning and hoping for. It will be a new day for the imperiled publishing industry.
The modern workplace has changed from days long past when our parents had lifelong employment . Business has changed! Duh! Companies these days impacted by economic downturns have increasingly considered and turned to hiring alternatives and innovative ways to get the work done.
Employer Side: Limited budgets and onerous taxes and expensive benefits have made outsourcing an alternative. The biggest drawback for the employer is the uncertainty of the quality of the work done.
Employee Side: Self-employed freelance professionals increasingly contract to offer services and talents for a fee. The chief difference is that they are not committed to a particular employer for the long term. The biggest drawback for the employee is the lack of benefits, protections and work security.
Over the past decade freelancing has become a strong option for those with in-demand skills and talents. To support this type of work environment numerous online sites have been developed and deployed to facilitate this type of outsourcing relationship. (see the list below)
This change has been a boon for small businesses and is useful to corporations with tighter budgets in helping them reduce costs, enhance skill sets.
There are significant risks and rewards to consider prior to jumping in. mostly legal issues around intellectual rights and properties. But once these are clear and established these relationships can work quite effectively.
Freelancers often respond to project postings by providing estimates for work scope and a cost quote. Often a deposit is required to begin the work. Workers may choose to charge by the day, hour, or on a per-project basis. Some prefer a flat project fee and work within that constraint.
One method of assuring the work is carried out satisfactory is by requiring achievement of specified milestones and outcomes to stimulate payments.
Project Sources and Resources:
- Freelance Switch
- Go Freelance
There are many more. If you are looking to hire for a project or to work on a project, take a moment to check them out.
This listing is not an endorsement of these sites and services. Please do your own research and choose carefully.
Next week from April 24th to May 1st The Coolness Factor is presenting a week-long series of exclusive posts uncovering tons of Web Secrets. We will explore the”Hidden Web” and little known and seldom discussed areas of online opportunities.
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If as it has has been said, “there are no new ideas out there”, and just about every important and innovative creative concept is swamped with too many would-be entrepreneurs, and lastly that funding has become extremely hard if not impossible to shake loose then it must be concluded that the Doors of Opportunity that brought all of this Internet, Social Media and Emerging Technology and Digital innovation about are closingfor most if not for all that are lacking the relationships, connections, talent or deep pockets that it takes to roll the dice and pull off risky new ventures. It is in this very environment that imitators are more willing and ready to snipe and steal an idea or to leapfrog a slower or less able developer. So, if you think you have a great unique business idea, we urge you to move fast. Do not hesitate, it might already be too late. An old African proverb says” You eat the elephant one bite at a time” This means begin now! Take it a step at a time, tiny steps will do and will get you a lot further along than waiting to take the stage in huge leaps and bounds. Prototype, test and most of the rest should fall into place or else evaporate into empty space.
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Everybody loves a good deal and nobody wants to pay retail.This creates a perfect environment for the con man and criminal.
When it comes to deals the web is literally full of them. But how do you find the good ones? And how do you know and how can you tell if they are real deals and not just a hook or a scam?
Deals come in all shapes and forms. Some are bundles, special offers, and just plain bargains.
Don’t be too trusting or naive. Try if you can to figure out their motive, why they are offering the deal? Do they want to drum up new customers or are they just covertly after your personal info for future hacking or plundering?
There are too many types to figure them all out. There are 50% off deals, penny auctions, daily deals, package deals, Sweepstakes, membership offers, Groupon discounts,
Sometimes it is hard to really be sure until its too late and you get fleeced or taken.
- You can look for testimonials, endorsements
- Give it a try: find trials, demos, warranties or guarantees
- Check out the BBB, consumer reports and other consumer protection services
- Search Google or Bing for complaints
- Search out the credentials of the source: Domain, location, principals, company background, history, credibility.
Some of my favorite deal sources: (help me out here folks, in the comments field below please share some of your favorite deal sources.)
I didn’t think I really needed a sign, a co-signer or confirmation when I personally declared San Francisco to be the de facto “new capital of New Technology and Social Media”. That was just an extrapolation of the realization that many of the hot companies are here and most of the important events happen here. More proof of this arrives here on April 27 to 28th in the form of a conference in downtown San Francisco called APPNATION. It was held last March in New York but!!
When at the beginning of last year I predicted Apps would take over I did not know it would happen so soon. APPNATION is the sign. It is a new conference aimed at App developers and entrepreneurs, APPNATION will feature speakers and exhibitors. Developers can also summit their app for a chance to pitch it at something they call “the App Circus” Deadline for entry is April 17.
A focus WILL BE on how consumer apps and emerging connected devices are disrupting and transforming the advertising, media, and entertainment industries. IT IS A high-caliber, executive-level event bringING together key decision-makers and industry-influenceRs from across the consumer app economy to discuss the transformation of these industries and THE opportunities and challenges THAT lie ahead for the greater advertising and media economies.
if you use APFUS4! you’ll get 40% off the ticket price.
For more info: http://www.appnationconference.com/
ICANN’s 40th meeting took place in San Francisco and was attended by industry insiders, managers and media insiders hoping to find out about New Internet extensions reshaping the Internet name space. Some of the most important topics at ICANN included; New generic top-level domains (gTLDs); new opportunities in the new fields of “dot-brand” extensions and accompanying legal and marketing implications. New gTLDs were a dominant topic as the Board considered bringing a five-year process to a close.
There were discussions between the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and Board over two full days of discussions. It was Hoped that by the end of the gathering, the Board would be in a position to make announcements about when the discussions will finally close – and so when the actual application process itself will open after years of delays.
Significant issues that remain are: Trademark protections; Sensitive strings and Geographic names; so after seven years of debate the highly controversial Dot-xxx domain and approval of the top-level domain ‘.xxx’, specifically for adult websites may finally get resolved.
If you are developing or building an online or offline capability and would like to shorten your development cycle or include the external expertise of seasoned pros, consider researching the use of scripts and code developed for a multitude of purposes. This can be a useful alternative solution for the budget strapped, or programmatically challenged. Below is a brief list of sources for these resources.
Freelancers for hire
There are a growing list of sites catering to independent freelance developers with substantial expertise and skills in many areas of programming. The method is usually a client posting their projects needs sometimes with their deadlines and budget availability and then receiving inquiries and offers from a seasoned pros that often post examples of their work. The process has been hit and miss with many quite satisfied while others have been sorely disappointed. Below please find a brief list of sites. This listing implies no suitability, please use care and caution and do your homework first. If you have the skills and need the work consider using these sites. If you have projects that require skills beyond your own consider posting to them. In either case Good luck and good fortune!
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