Mike Schinkel

Mike Schinkel

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418 weeks ago @ Mendelson's Musings - Why Do I Need Facebook... · 1 reply · +1 points

When I post a question on Twitter I often get a dozen useful comments back... and mostly from people I've met in person. Because that's how I use Twitter.

When I post anything on Facebook, I get a dozen comments or more, almost all useless and irrelevant, AND I have to go back to Facebook to see what those comments were. Facebook generates a far too much noise and far little of value. In a nutshell, Facebook is primarily for mindless socializing. And I guess for most people, that's okay but not for me.

418 weeks ago @ Mendelson's Musings - Why Do I Need Facebook... · 0 replies · +1 points

Features do not always a valuable product/service make. If so, the iPod would have been beaten by more feature rich products.

418 weeks ago @ Mendelson's Musings - Why Do I Need Facebook... · 1 reply · +1 points

"Nobody" and "Never" is a rather high bar. I'd willingly bet that you'll be proven wrong within a few years. Your extended family may not see value today but you can't know what may emerge to cause them to see value in Twitter in the future.

Digital photography and sites liked Flickr caused many a grandma to go from a "Can't see no use in dem 'puters" to "Must. Have. Now!"

426 weeks ago @ Internet Marketing Jou... - Compensation Czar? Biz... · 0 replies · +1 points

Hi Gina,

Nice to meet you at Fuego Mundo Tweetup.

Something to consider; this "Czar" only oversees compensation for companies that received federal bail out money. IOW, the US government invested in these companies and they now want a say in how they spend money. In the private world investors do this all the time; if a startup gets venture capital the investors cap the startup's compensation. So it is a very capitalist thing to do; he who has the capital (in this case the US government) makes the rules.

One might even argue that this was a very good thing. Why? It gave these companies an incentive to pay the money back quickly so they could get rid of the onerous rules. And several have! Looked at from that perspective, it might just make one hell of a lot of sense:

http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/17/jpmo...
http://www.csmonitor.com/Money/new-economy/2009/1...

As for the term "Czar", don't get so worked up about that either; Presidents from as far back as FDR have been appointing them. George W. Bush even appointed between 31 and 35 himself:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._executi...

Yep, there are lots of things wrong with the country. This one is probably the ones we should worry least about. JMTCW anyway.

429 weeks ago @ Redeye VC - Let's just add in... · 0 replies · +1 points

Nice post.

This concept of making sure startups have a plan to gain customers seems to be "in vogue" now, but as a former bootstrapper I have to ask "Do people seriously expect to start companies without understanding to whom and how they are going to sell?!?"

I know it's a rhetorical question but to me that's not only the most important part it's also the part that's the most fun; i.e. crafting a strategy to gain customers!

497 weeks ago @ Texas Startup Blog - Getting funded means g... · 0 replies · +1 points

Oops, I gave you the wrong URL (Damn, Google!) http://blog.weatherby.net/2008/08/quotes-of-the-w...

497 weeks ago @ Texas Startup Blog - Getting funded means g... · 0 replies · +1 points

Chilling. Hey, there's a very related conversation with lots of great comments going on over at Lance Weatherby's blogs on the subject of VCs in Atlanta. Would be great to have you post an anecdote about this: http://blog.weatherby.net/quotes/

499 weeks ago @ Startup Weekend - Thoughts for Developers · 0 replies · +1 points

Great suggestions. I especially like #3 and #5.

500 weeks ago @ Texas Startup Blog - The choice: being righ... · 0 replies · +1 points

LOL! I think Dallas is a just bit too far for this Atlantan to just bop on over for an evening. '-)

500 weeks ago @ Texas Startup Blog - The choice: being righ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Monday happy hour? Which Monday happy hour? Sorry, not familiar.