The thing to remember about communities (unlike nearly every other business exchange): the majority of the value your members can get from being a part of your community is from each others’ participation.

Source: Alex Hillman | To build a strong community, stop “community managing”, be a Tummler instead.

This post captures my philosophy exactly. This image in particular:

Go see what your customers are doing. How are they using your products? What are their un-met and under-served needs? What do they love? What do they hate? How are they displaying and selling your product? What about your competitors? What problems can you solve for your customers?

Source: The first step in social media marketing is not social media

First step in any marketing program? Meet with the stakeholders, internal and external.

The reality is by becoming a true web generalist you’ll realize WordPress is just an interface that connects you to a database and that database to your visitors. Once you come to that realization you’re on the path become a web expert that happens to use WordPress rather than “just” a WordPress expert. From there many paths will open up and you’ll be free to pursue any specialty you want.

Source: Become a WordPress Expert by Playing Doctor | Morten Rand-Hendriksen | LinkedIn

My journey with WordPress started in 2007-ish. Nearly a decade later I feel like I’ve finally hit that point where I don’t need to use WordPress for everything. It’s a fantastic, flexible tool driven by a thriving community. But it’s just one of many useful tools available on the web.

I wonder, as ecommerce matures, how much will be carved out into exactly the kind of spectrum of large and small retail beyond the big aggregators, and how far this removal of geographic constraint might make it easier rather than harder for them to take sales from the giants, in part by removing that density problem. That is, there might be a lot more lists, they might be hard to find, and not be part of some global aggregator, and that might be OK.

Source: Lists are the new search — Benedict Evans

Water and electronics usually don’t mix. But Microsoft thinks dumping computers in the ocean might be the wave of future.

Source: Microsoft just put a data center under water

Ms. Bannister is a trailblazer in many ways – an all-too-scarce senior female venture capitalist, builder of a successful online business in Canada and a relatively rare Canadian who gave up a career in Silicon Valley to return home. She bashfully deflects comments about her C.V.: When I say she’s easy to describe – as “the person who invented Kijiji” – she manages only a quick “Yes, yes, thanks.”

Inspiring story. Getting into business from a young age, hustlin’ hard, doing the difficult things. A very strong entrepreneurial spirit. via How Kijiji’s Canadian founder became a trailblazing venture capitalist – The Globe and Mail


The current company I have is the tenth company I’ve started, and I’ve been running it for 15 years. You’d think after all that, I would have figured it all out by now. Nope, I’m still learning. Which I would say is one of the main challenges with being your own boss, especially in a world constantly changing. You’re forced by necessity to stay flexible, and to be open to new ideas, new ways of operating, new processes – whatever it takes to remain relevant and to survive. It’s an ongoing state of mind; being open to learning, and not being rigid in what and how you operate.

Source: Rogers Small Business Leadership Network – Shawn Pucknell | RedBoard Biz

Good Q&A with a talented entrepreneur who busts his chops to make awesome experiences. BTW: Registration for FITC Toronto 2016 is open.