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I'm in a small Dallas startup company, coedit. We make a gmail extension that allows people to collaborate on an email (like a google doc) right inside the compose window. This is a great way for people on or off earth to collaborate.

Here is the latest article about us.

https://dallasinnovates.com/dallas-startup-coedit-offers-email-collaboration-made-easy/

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Bringing systems thinking, processes, and protocols to the creative process, enabling creatives to flourish and generate amazing work.

Thirty two years in the military is a long time. I've seen lots of stuff go down ... and up ... and back down. The US Military is a reflection of society and that is important to finding out what our culture is like. Everyone on the coedit team brings a top-notch skill set to the table. The coding is spectacular, the media content development superb, even the coffee is great.

I've been managing teams of experts since I was a lieutenant in the infantry. Even more so as a company commander. Later I became a headquarters company commander and that is a real mixed bag of skill sets some of which are low density MOS. Or in modern HR parlance "an extensive variety and low number of highly trained individuals that make it difficult to provide training to.

Our one AI expert, where does he go for his training? I ask him, "have you read this?" Of course he has, it's old news to him. But it's great to have him talk me through it. So he's like, "You're old and stuff, what books do you recommend?" I gave him the Illuminatus Trilogy by by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. He's already out of the box, but maybe this will give him a different perspective when he looks back at it.

The other books we kick around are; Where do Good Ideas Come From? by Steven Johnson, Blink, Outliers, and whatever else, by Malcolm Gladwell, and anything with "Lean" or "Startup" in the title. I'm currently loving Live, Work Work, Work, Die, by this one guy, Principles by the other guy and Lean Analytics by that third guy. All good stuff.

These people cut their teeth in Silicon Valley or with big companies in Texas. Gathering here in Dallas, in a penthouse apartment, is just the way things are done for startup companies around here. It's the best office I've ever worked in, although I had a pretty sweet M113 as a Mech Infantry Platoon Leader. That was back when we thought "Russia" was a threat to our way of life ... yeah, never mind about that. It's not the capital "C"s of Communism or Capitalism that create the tensions in the world, it's that special "K" in Kleptocracy that seems unopposed these days.

Sure there is WikiLeaks or wait, who do they work for? Soon Dallas based Barrett Brown will bring the Pursuance Project on line and that will make things interesting. Seasteading and space exploration can't come soon enough. They will pull us out of the upcoming downturn, so keep your eyes open for opportunity. Apparently my commute is giving me too much time for speculation. The point of this piece should be that I'm loving the entrepreneurial work in the collaborative communication space.

So yes, the people here develop software and plug in to various API using SDK (go look it up), but there is so much more to running a company than that. Getting and retaining genius level people, making sure they get the right tools, training, and treatment to ensure optimum performance is tricky at this stage when we're just getting funding and needing to pinch every penny we can from it in order to get this baby built and delivered.

so we're bring the right skill sets together to make this happen and we will be dominating the world soon enough Pinkie. Too much that I've speculated about in my Scifi has come to fruition before I could finish the book for me keep writing fiction. It's time to write the future directly and that is what we're doing at coedit. We share a passion for collaboration and we're building tools that help people do that. I hope you'll be using one of our products soon.

But all that aside I'm really hopeful that people will be collaborating better, saving time, getting cool things done, and in general making the world a better place to live. What happens when we can provide for the nation's needs and allow people to pursue the dreams they have for making life on the planet better, or life on Mars for that matter. Somebody out there wants to build factories on Titan because the temperature there will allow us to product things at a quarter of the cost that we manufacture things here. Anyway there are great things to be done out there, so get coedit and get busy collaborating.

 

Got Ideas?

"Triple the number of ideas you generate. Just as great baseball players only average a hit for every three at bats, every innovator swings and misses. The best way to boost your originality is to produce more ideas." - Grant, Adam. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World. Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

 

What if you could get two other people on the same page every time you drafted an email? Could you triple the number of ideas you generate? There is a company out there that can make that happen, coedit. They're on a mission to to iterate on the best products, services, and gifts for the world that increase the human capability to generate creative output through collaboration.

coedit will soon be launching a gmail extension that will allow multiple collaborators to work within the compose window of a single email. Once everyone has provided their input, the originator can hit send. Simple, real time collaborative editing, empowering all parties to type and edit the email. coedit.email eliminates the need for logging in or complicated authentication and lets a team work together from any device: mobile, tablet, or desktop. No more repetitive email circles with collaborators prior to getting the intended communication sent.

Tripling the eyes and ideas on an email makes your company more effective in communicating with clients and provides a unified voice. Does this sound like something your organization can use? Let us know. If you would like to broadcast the launch, contact andre@coedit.email or point your browser to https://coedit.email/press or if you would like to get on the rocket ship get over to https://coedit.email

 

Question the Default ... ?

"Question the default. Instead of taking the status quo for granted, ask why it exists in the first place. When you remember that rules and systems were created by people, it becomes clear that they’re not set in stone— and you begin to consider how they can be improved." - Grant, Adam. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World. Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

When I started working at coedit, a local startup, I thought they had a good idea. Now I think it is even better than ever. Of course that is what happens naturally when people make a choice, their subconscious doubles down on reasons why that was such a good idea. So give me some feed back about this and let me know what you think.

Have you ever had the problem with having to coordinate an email for an external client? Some times this requires consulting with vendors, coworkers, other departments and getting approval from someone up the hierarchy before hitting send. What if that could be done simultaneously from your email compose window? Why isn't that already out there? We have other things that are similar. But of course I want it instantaneous and gratifying and as easy as hitting send.

 

coedit

"Question the default. Instead of taking the status quo for granted, ask why it exists in the first place. When you remember that rules and systems were created by people, it becomes clear that they’re not set in stone— and you begin to consider how they can be improved." - Grant, Adam. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World. Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

When I started working at coedit, a local startup, I thought they had a good idea. Now I think it is even better than ever. Of course that is what happens naturally when people make a choice, their subconscious doubles down on reasons why that was such a good idea. So give me some feed back about this and let me know what you think. 

Have you ever had the problem with having to coordinate an email for an external client? Some times this requires consulting with vendors, coworkers, other departments and getting approval from someone up the hierarchy before hitting send. What if that could be done simultaneously from your email compose window? Why isn't that already out there? We have other things that are similar. But of course I want it instantaneous and gratifying and as easy as hitting send.

Welcome to coedit! Does this sound like it challenges the status quo? If you've ever had problems with multiple iterations of editing an email I'd love to hear about it. Please share your comments below. 

Toms Shoes is the company that doesn't actually help people. 

But wait, don't they give shoes to people who need them?

Only in poorly developed foreign countries and that's the problem. The shoe and garment industry are some of the lowest barrier to entry businesses in developing countries and developing markets. They are an essential low rung on the economic ladder and foundation of a national economy. So, when a US company starts giving away free shoes, it undermines the local economy in serious ways. Imagine you are in marketing and a foreign government starts giving away free marketing to one of the best paying customer segments of the industry; politicians. I think you might start to understand how a shoe maker might feel when a Toms truck shows up giving away free shoes.

Read more at The Hustle, an excellent news source that happens to report on Toms Shoes.

EpicMavs provides a DeepDive into starting your own business and it's Free!

Got Passion? If you've been kicking around a business idea with your friends, now is the time to get serious. The geniuses at the Startup Lounge have come up with a great program to help teams start their business. Startup Lounge is located on the UTA campus and now they have paired up with the university's Epic Mavs series to provide a two month long hands-on workshop for starting your own business.

These are explosive times for starting a business in the DFW Metroplex. Coworking spaces are popping up on a regular basis. The legendary 1 Million Cups program is offered in Fort Worth, Dallas, Frisco, and coming soon in Addison. The Rising Tide Initiative and organizations like the Dallas Entrepreneur Center continue to integrate our local entrepreneurial ecosystem. Now with Epic Mavs and Startup Lounge bringing a free startup workshop this summer, things have never been better. 

To learn more about DeepDive, see the note from the Startup Lounge below.

 
What is DeepDive?

DeepDive is a free hands-on workshop for anyone that wants to learn even more about starting their own businesses. We will go through the steps required including validation, finance and presentation. We ask you and your team to commit to the entire 7 weeks to maximize the outcome of learning.

eams will consist of 2 to 4 people with a concrete idea for potential business or a product. At least 2 team members must be present for each session. If you need help forming a team, please contact us at startup@uta.edu.

Schedule: 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26 at 4:30-7:00 PM

Location: Startup Lounge

 

So many right conclusions : So few right arguments

‘Altered Carbon’ and ‘Blade Runner 2049’

Don't Exist Because of Futurism

How cyberpunk aesthetics have eclipsed cyberpunk punch.

By Ryan Britt on February 5, 2018  Original Article

    My thoughts ...

   Ryan Britt sets up a straw-man argument about people liking the cyberpunk genre because it is "More Realistic" and they say that simply because it is gritty. That doesn't mean the conclusion is wrong. It is just not a unique phenomenon for the cyber punk sub-genre. Fans say the same thing about Batman movies these days. Star Trek, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Scifi, or pretty much any movie crowd will call the grittier movie, more realistic. Of course movies in the US are not realistic at all, none of them.  Ryan Britt ...

    "Netflix’s Altered Carbon possesses the same baggage as Blade Runner 2049; in trying to nail the cyberpunk aesthetic, it’s turned cyberpunk into a consumer product, effectively declawing the genre’s entire aim. 
    "On February 3, 2018, Netflix released its new series Altered Carbon, based on the Richard Morgan novel of the same name. Right out of the gate, the reviews have been mixed. Some say it’s too violent, some say the concept of an Asian man’s consciousness being transferred to a white guy’s body is racist and just as problematic as the whitewashing in Ghost in the Shell. All of these discussions are interesting, but they don’t yield the most important question. Why was any of this made at all and who is it for? If it’s made for people who have never heard of cyberpunk, that’s okay. But why not bother updating the aesthetic a little?"

    Writers, producers, & people have "aims," genre, not so much. Right out of the gate I've got to say that I find none of those mentioned discussions interesting at all. Why was this made and for whom?  Hollywood is a business like any other and they make movies based on thirty-year old books to make money. Target audience? People that loved a good book or two in the '80's and can afford movies now. I mean, if they made Ghostbusters for people that have never heard of Saturday Night Live, that's okay, but it's just nostalgia-laden ... Maybe they did update the aesthetic on that one. But that's not how any of this works.

The most important question is, "How do we encourage and bring to the screen innovative, creative, cutting edge ideas and stories?"  But that will be addressed later in a blog about Startup Weekend.

    Nobody claims Blade Runner is an up to date, cutting edge story. The claim is that it is a worthy follow on to the original. That means keeping continuity with the source materiel. Likewise Altered Carbon is also based on it's 30-year old source materiel.  That in an of itself does not make them bad movies. It simply means that, like most materiel on the big screen (or Netflix) these days, it is derivative. 
    Mr Ryan is right on target with his conclusion Scifi writers address similar ideas, usually in different ways, and that is considered fair game among creators in the genre. It is, perhaps, a bane of the genre that in the past it focused more on ideas, than on great story-telling. Gibson's novel Neuromancer is a watershed for precisely the fact that it did both well. It's only a little ironic that he produced it on a type-writer.* So yes, the cyperpunk sub-genre did wonders for the Scifi genre over all and brought ideas ideas and great writing to the forefront of the reading world. Again Ryan Britt ...

"What was once daring about cyberpunk is now mainstream. Which, is great in a sense for newcomers. But because the opening credits of Altered Carbon feature a giant cloned snake eating its tail, one wonders how long we’ll have to wait until mainstream science fiction starts to look a little different than it did for our parents."

While a genre is not conscious of its aims, the writers, producers, and people that bring it to market surely do so consciously. And while all that is cool and gritty, I think most authors of the time were issuing cautionary tales rather than the road maps they became. To the extent that cyberpunk now reflects modern reality is not really a good thing for anyone.
    I hope viewers will learn a little bit about the Ouroboros of mythology and it's thematic relationship to the story and also dig into the history of humanity's study of the carbon atom. In the 19th century a dream of Ouroboros, gave the German chemist August von Stradonitz the idea of linked carbon atoms forming the benzene ring. Originally a breakthrough for the concept of infinity and later a breakthrough for organic chemistry. That intro is a well placed to set the tone for the nature of the story and the scientific ideas with which it deals. Well worn story and scientific ideas, but still worthy of discussion.

WatchMojo with William Gibson

    
* A type-writer is a mechanical device that predates word processors or computers. An operator would used a mechanical keyboard that through various methods, would cause a metal letter to strike an ink laden tape against a piece of paper, leaving the ink letter impressed directly upon the sheet. While computers did exist when the book was written, back in the 80's, they were few and there was no internet to connect them. William Gibson typed his novel directly onto paper. Neuromancer and the first Macintosh were released in the same month!

William Gibson on the dawn of the Internet

Startup Weekend 2-4 March 2018

There are lots of opportunities in the Fort Worth, Dallas, Denton area. Today I wan to focus on one in particular: Startup Weekend Fort Worth. The next one is happening 2-4 March at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, in of course Fort Worth Texas. 

I've participated twice and this is my first time to work as an organizer. For me it is a virtuous confluence of things I enjoy, organizing events, internet marketing, writing stuff, and helping people start businesses in the area. I run in a lot of circles; veterans, writers groups, students, scientists, space enthusiasts, politicians, and business people.  Startup weekend provides an opportunity for me to reach out to all those people and bring them together in the entrepreneurial realm.

I'm a veteran with 30 years of service and I've fought to get veterans a special discount pricing for this event. My experience shows that many Soldier, Sailors, and Air Force people make great entrepreneurs. Those skills that are hard to define to a civilian employer like; embracing the suck, making shit happen, leading by example, and the spirit of the bayonet, are essential for building a business. If you're a veteran and interested in starting your own business or helping a buddy start their's, consider this Special High Intensity Training for developing those skills.

In the military I did lots of writing. As a private in the infantry I labeled range cards. As a Lieutenant Colonel in the infantry I wrote operational manuals, operation orders, reports to congress and letters for general and flag officers. I did a lot of writing. Now I help small and local businesses with web page content and write science fiction. I do a lot of writing and I love it. 

Writers and editors are entrepreneurs. They are part of the group called "solopreneurs" because they tend to work alone. Many don't realize they are business people. They just write for fun and think the money will come later. To my writer friends I say, "Don't wait for later." Figure out the business piece at the next Startup Weekend near you. 

Space is a big place, so big we just call it space. Lots of people want to go there; scientists, students, explorers, and entrepreneurs. Those are all people I enjoy spending time with. Many of them are also veterans and writers. If you want to build a business that will take you to the stars come to Startup Weekend. 

Space business is one of the next frontiers. Another one is the oceans of Earth. Seasteading and the idea of building floating communities at sea is growing daily as more and more people start to recognize the benefits of our oceans. Scuba diving in the Florida Keys makes up some of my fondest memories and plans for the future. It's a great idea to form a business around.

The idea of growing plants, fish, other animals, and food in general in strange and harsh environments inspires me. From the Arctic, to the desert, to the ocean, to outer space, wherever people go we will need food. Food production is one of those sectors that will never go away. Come and bring your business ideas to Startup Weekend.

Sure, I've ask people to come to Startup Weekend, but what is it? Great question, thanks for sticking with me this far. Here is the standard blurb:

"Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business development, and basic prototype creation, this is the best place to learn by doing. After working on their concepts all weekend, participants present what they've built on Sunday night to a panel of judges."

Like most great opportunities, it comes disguised as hard work, but there is food and fun and great people there along with doing, learning, connecting and growing. Go visit the website already: http://go.startupweekend.org/fw18

1 Million Cups Fort Worth

Join us January 24th, at 9AM, at Ensemble Coworking, Collaborative Business Community for another great 1 Million Cups Fort Worth! This week's presenter is Chris Brinkley with Silvia Consultants.

Silvia Consultants is an eCommerce Marketing Shop that works with retailers and brands to sell direct to consumers. The goal is to help brands navigate the current state of attention and find a way to get the products into their client's hands.

Learn more at https://www.silviaconsultants.com/

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Entrepreneurial Thoughts on the Transportation Industry

Since the 1700's people have been sticking out their hand to flag down the next random hansom cab to come along. In the 1800's in large metropolitan areas this was taken to a high art when the ability to reserve a driver in advance came along. There became a market segmentation. Then in the 1900's, the sixties mainly, sticking out one's thumb for the next random driver willing to share a ride became popular. After that came the bumper stickers that said, "Gas, Grass, or Ass. No one rides free." The reserved cab, the taxi, the rideshare, and the shared ride for pay were all in place and the US economy was primed for the next game changer. Then Uber!

But wait, what changed? Now people swipe to flag down the next random driver that comes along. This harnessing of phone technology was simply a digital return to the 1700's! Uber created a digital wave, an automated thumb, a new and improved electronic way to catch the next random driver. Hailed as an advancement for civilization, it may have been a step backwards. When Uber came about, I had visions of it unleashing an entrepreneurial flood of innovation. Now people with an expensive and idle asset like their car could put it to use earning money for themselves.

What has happened is the development of a system that gives consumers random and sometimes dangerous access to rides and does little for the would-be entrepreneurs that do the driving. Those transportation workers do not in any way get to build a business for themselves. They have no way to brand themselves, demonstrate value, or gain repeat business, the things any self-respecting business person would want to do. Their only option is to work more hours to get more compensation. Customers get no choice in who shows up and that means drivers have no incentive to provide better service. Uber actively attempts to make the driver the least part of the value equation for the customer. Their plan is to have the driverless car replace the faceless driver.

The lack of customer choice has other negative ramifications. Without any real opportunity, and with Uber driving the price through the floor at roughly a third of the cost of a cab, drivers for ride "share" companies generally make less per trip while still covering the entire cost of running and maintaining their vehicles. These drivers have essentially become the working poor of the transportation industry.

I'm not faulting drivers for taking advantage of the opportunity. Poor and working is better than poor and not working. Uber can be a way to ease frictional employment caused by a changing economy, but as a model for improving the transportation industry it falls a bit flat. Rather than encouraging entrepreneurs to build their own business, it simply encourages people without a chauffeur liscense to work in the market to help build Uber's brand name. However, Uber’s brand name is a “value add” that gives little in return to the driver.

It is nice to see that one can now wave a digital thumb and electronically flag down a ride, but there is much room in the transportation industry for improvement. That's my thoughts on the world today, I'd love to read your thoughts on the topic in the comments section.

Write your words

Darwin's Coral Reef provides the platform for the last chapter. It showcases the very idea of platform. Coral is an ecosystem engineer and that is what this book calls us to be; Engineers of the Ecosystem of Good Ideas. It is a noble challenge. Things like Startup Weekend are crucial to the entrepreneurial ecosystem. College and elementary school work the same way for our national educational infrastructure. The internet provides this for our social, business, and other networks. These platforms also supply niches for the other aspects of environments that produce clever ideas. They provide the collision spaces and liquid networks that enhance the movement of promising ideas. They provide the incubation arena for slow hunches and room for serendipitous experience. They provide environments where error and exaptation can occur without penalty. These platforms we create for the nurturing of innovative ideas are as fundamental to shaping the environment as any beaver dam that engineers a suitable habitat in which other creatures thrive.

         Read the book, but don't stop with the last chapter on platforms. Johnson goes on in the conclusion to wrap up the book and provide thoughts on how we can move forward as individuals, teams, and a culture to create a world where good ideas come from.

 

Exaptation

    I've done this all my life and never really known the name for it. It simply boils down to taking a thing and discovering a new purpose for it. Like firing an Estes Rocket from a shoulder launched tube, converting oil platforms to luxury casino hotels,  or turning a broken lamp into a cell phone holder for my desk. I'm probably the reason manufacturers put a label on things that says they are only to be used as intended. 
    Incidentally if anyone has a bike-wheel light-generator taking up space in their garage, let me know. I want to modify my attic vent into a wind generator.
    Exaptation is a fancy word for a common idea, maybe not common enough, but often called re-purposing. I moved on from the Error chapter not really getting it after the second reading. First reading I thought I got it. Then second time through I realized there was more and I was missing it. That error chapter is well placed. It serves as the bridge between Serendipity and Exaptaion. 
    Johnson uses some great stories and examples and I won't reveal them here.  While simply knowing this idea of re-purposing or exaptation might seem like enough, the explanations, examples, and expansion of the idea in the book make it worth reading. I provided a link to the book in one of the  previous blogs on a chapter. 
    Bringing together the ideas of the; adjacent possible, liquid networks, the slow hunch, serendipity, error, and exaptation creates a synergistic effect. That is to say the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. One person somewhere that exapts some thing has less value than when a liquid network reveals the adjacent possible. Over time these colliding ideas take serendipitous journey, make errors, and in turn are put to new uses. So while these ideas build upon each previous idea, they are also interrelated and best when integrated.  But more about that when I cover the next chapter.

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Error

Chapter five about error. I’m still getting my mind around it and I’ll probably get it wrong before I get it right. The chapter does not contain the popular story about Edison saying he has now figured out 10,000 ways not to make a light bulb. Which is where a lot of people go when they talk about error. While persistence in the journey of trial and error is important It’s not the message here. Johnson points out a different nature of error, it occasionally drives people to continue in a direction that might not lead to what they think they are trying to achieve. However, this often leads to something useful any way. To me that sounds a lot like serendipity and we covered that in the last chapter. From Darwin to today.... Johnson finds examples that illustrate this concept that error is important. He cites the classic entrepreneurial phrase, popularized by the magazine Fast Company, "Fail Faster." It is the siren call to get out there and make mistakes and learn from them more quickly than the competition.

I get it, persistence is important, accepting error is important, error is part of the process, but I still think I need to read the chapter again.

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