Hacker News is for Kids

August 28th, 2012 § Comments Off on Hacker News is for Kids § permalink


© 2007 See-ming Lee ( Blog / Facebook / Flickr...

© 2007 See-ming Lee ( Blog / Facebook / Flickr / LinkedIn / Network / Orkut / Twitter / Wiki ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I’ve had an amazing blogging week last week.


I published a post about startup not being a job, that I’ve written in a very short moment when I was overwhelmed with disappointment over founders of a certain just-born startup that were not available for what could have been a life-changing meeting for them. we’ll never know now, but it made me realize just how different startup world I live in is from other forms of employment.


I didn’t think about it much more after I’ve written and scheduled it, so it was quite a surprise for me when I realized that another entrepreneur fried published it on Hacker News, and that it was receiving a lot of attention on it, as well as on Twitter.


The responses were amazingly different. While Twitter crowd liked the post very much, HN readership fell into a flame war against me, based on consistent misinterpretations that had one common topic – overworking yourself is hard, and you don’t need to do that in order to be a startup. I wholeheartedly agree with them, but that was not my point.


But a day later, I got this news in my inbox, and it shone an interesting light on the confusion: 50% of readers on HN are under 24-years old. the only other popular site that has younger audience is DeviantArt:


Social media demographics 2012: 24 sites including Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn

If you ever wanted to know the age and sex of social media users on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn,Pinterest, Tumblr, Reddit, Hacker News, Slashdot, Github, Stack Overflow, Orkut, Quora, WordPress.com, Blogger, Flickr, Myspace, Tagged, Hi5, LiveJournal, Yelp, deviantART, StumbleUpon, Goodreads and Last.fm … you’re in luck.

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via: venturebeat.com


Now, this is significant new information, that has an important consequence: HN readership obviously has a different value system than most of the rest of the ecosystem. we should be more aware of it, because it will shape our world in the next 5 years.


or as a friend commented on facebook: “it seems HN is used only by lifestyle businesses”




big exits are not for the common people

August 16th, 2012 § Comments Off on big exits are not for the common people § permalink


This article made me think, that as a young entrepreneur, one has to realize that the big exits that are presented as success, actually require a very specific state of mind, which most of normal people would never submit themselves to.

Yes, if you are a startup entrepreneur and you hope for a billion dollar exit, chances are it’s not going to be smooth like Instagram’s, but convoluted like Facebook‘s, and you’ll have to piss off and disappoint a lot of people on the way.

Was the Social Media Tech IPO Boom a Big Scam?

Was the Social Media Tech IPO Boom a Big Scam? Billion-dollar cash-outs at Facebook, Zynga and Groupon. Abysmal stock performance. Tweet Jake Rajs / Getty Images Over the last year-and-a-half, several of the most prominent social media companies in the country have sold shares to investors in high-profile initial public offerings.

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via: business.time.com

Are you sure you want to do it? I’m not.


Why You Should Care About Your Klout Score

April 9th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

Theme of Carmen's influence over José from Bi...

Theme of Carmen's influence over Jose from Bizet's Carmen. Created in Lilypond using the G. Schirmer vocal score from 1895. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

interesting article, with one key point: “your klout score might not be accurate measure of pure influence, but it does show if you are socializing your influence” – and by focusing on it, klout is training us all to be more social online.

of course the real reason why ‘socializing influence’ is being popularized, is because it helps the brands and merchants sell more trough their evangelists.

but at the same time, as a collateral damage, i believe making us more social is a significant and positive contribution of several web services these days – they are making us into different, hopefully better, humans of the future.

Why You Should Care About Your Klout Score

It’s fashionable to feign indifference to your Klout score, which measures online influence. Some professionals think it’s uncool to seem too interested in their rankings; others believe all you need to worry about is creating good content.

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via: www.forbes.com

LinkedIn Apps

October 29th, 2008 § 1 comment § permalink

Pollice Verso (Image via Wikipedia I got notified about long expected feature of Apps within LinkedIn being released. Exciting!

But, as usual with those guys, it doesn’t work the first time; and looking at some other features they’ve released this year, it’s not going to for some more time.

The first three apps I’ve tried responded:

  • problem communicating with server
  • undefined
  • temporary overloaded

The last one  is actually from my friends over at Huddle.net, huge congrats to them, not only for being featured app, but also the only one with articulated damage control.

When clicking on  ‘browse more apps’ nothing happens. Doh.When going to my profile I see loads of advertisements for all the apps I haven’t installed and no activity from those that I have. The exception is SixApart, that actually seems to be doing something useful. Thumbs up!

All in all, please LinkedIn, can you take some more time on finishing the job on launch next time?

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