University Incubators…Here we go again!

The next economic development disaster is brewing up in Tallahassee. FSU officials there have Incubator Envy and are hell bent on keeping up with the Joneses (Tampa, Boca Raton, Orlando, Gainesville, Sarasota, etc.). In the process, they no doubt will lobby for tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to put up a shiny new building and blow wads of cash on marketing a facility that will at best only benefit a small isolated slice of academia. Continue reading University Incubators…Here we go again!

Open Source…I think I see the light!

I found this excellent open source as a business model rant on the Luminotes wiki. This is not the typical “everything should be digital and everything digital should be free” rant, instead the poster makes the argument that customers should pay for the VALUE derived from software and not simply ACCESS to software. This makes sense to me, afterall, what are your salespeople actually delivering, a license or a solution to a customer problem.

Simplicity wins… !!!

Rent-A-Coder Repeats on Inc. 5K

Congrats to the folks over @ Rent-a-Coder for their second listing in Inc. Magazine’s Top 5000 Fastest Growing Companies.

One of the biggest complaints (or excuses) I hear from would-be startup founders is the lack of access to development talent. While I am the first to discourage people from building a prototype or version 1.0 product using remote resources, sometimes local talent just isn’t available.

Remember, if you are relying on outside development, a good product requirements plan and complete product spec are doubly important.