Startups are Families

CitySquares isn’t the first startup company I’ve been a part of, but it’s certainly the most special, because it’s my creation. This company has taken on a life of its own. It took some time for it to develop this heartbeat and to get this personality. No doubt it’s is an entity all to itself, more so than just a tax ID with the government. From the very beginning in August 2005, a culture was starting to take shape. We’d sit at my kitchen table in Davis Square and talk about what this could be, how it would work, what kind of future should we plan for, what kind of company do we want this to be. Even when it was just three of us, and even when we had sales people making minimum wage out on the streets all day, every day, it was forming a personality. It was largely out of my control too. I could influence the culture a bit, just by being a part of the business, and setting the vision. But the personality, the culture that the company takes on is essentially a manifestation of the personalities and cultures brought into it by its staff, even those that come and go. Continue reading Startups are Families

This Week’s Ma.gnolia Bookmarks

My Ma.gnolia bookmarks for this past week.

USPTO Says No More Software Patents

Patent law is confusing. I’ve filed for and received a couple patents filed under the names of companies I’ve worked for in the past, and I’m still not sure

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Yearbook Yourself

Ever wonder what you’d look like in the past? Upload your photo and see yourself with classic hairdos and outfits through the decades.

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Local search site CitySquares growing fast – Lost Remote TV Blog

According to numbers released by Quantcast, CitySquares.com is the fastest-growing search site on the web. Of course, CitySquares.com is starting from a small base — it expanded in June from the Boston area to New York and all of New England — and that makes up the 1500% percent traffic jump. But there’s no denying the site has tremendous potential. (In fact, Clickz once said, “CitySquares may well be the future of local online advertising.”)

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