Writings by a younger, less handsome man who shares my name

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UPDATE (1/25/2010 @ 4:30pm): Rumor has it that Philadelphia is now going to be included in the Fast Company list of top startup cities! Here’s what Brad Feld writes below in the comments:

“I predict you will see Philly in the Fast Company series. I’ve already made intos for them there for an interview. They’ve expanded the list of cities beyond the original five (Boulder, NY, Seattle, Boston, and Austin). Philly is in the next batch.”

This is an amazing conclusion: You spoke and, with Brad’s help, Fast Company listened!

Most entrepreneurs have no idea about the magical things happening in Philadelphia.

Fast Company is doing a five-part series on great startup cities outside of Silicon Valley. It’s likely that Philadelphia is not one of them.

They have already featured New York City and Boulder, and Fred Wilson says Seattle is also on the list. That leaves two more, and I haven’t heard about them interviewing anyone from Philly.

Let’s change that.

If you were interviewed by Fast Company, how would you answer the question, “Why should you start a company in Philly?” Read more…

Entrepreneurship is too big for the box we’ve trapped it in. [Image of suit trapped in a box - Click 'show images' to view]

What is an entrepreneur today? Someone who starts businesses. If you are really progressive, it’s someone who starts socially conscious businesses.

I hope this is simply a historical accident. Because there is nothing about innovating, finding unmet needs, building teams, bootstrapping, taking risks, competing, creating value and scaling a model that’s specific to business.

Imagine a world in which business had a monopoly on these practices. We would not have many of our most successful communities, social causes, political movements, service organizations, universities and religions.

Entrepreneurship has nothing to do with business or commerce. It’s a methodology for solving problems – perhaps one of the most versatile ever made. It is a way for a few small people to bring about massive, scalable change with little or no resources.

The problem is that business has seized the entrepreneurial brand and most of the entrepreneurial-minded talent. Read more…

We are obsessed with seeing our world in the highest resolution possible.

We want our television in high definition and our movies in Blu-ray. We want our news from all corners of the world at all hours of the day. We want to measure every detail and every dollar in our businesses. We want to know each other’s every thought on Twitter and Facebook. We want our emails, photos and digital souvenirs at our fingertips so we can recreate any moment from our past.
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We want all this detail right now. On our computers, on our phones, at the gym, in the bathroom, next to our beds when we wake up in the morning. No matter where we are, no matter what we are doing, we need our detail stream and we need it now.

Details soothe us. They make us feel connected to our world and in control of our lives. They make us feel safe from illusion and deception and surprise.

It’s soothing to believe that if only we had more details, we could begin to see the whole picture. And if we could see the whole picture, then there’s nothing that could surprise us, nothing we wouldn’t know and maybe even nothing that could hurt us.

But what if the whole picture isn’t the sum of the details? In fact, what if the whole picture has nothing at all to do with the details? Read more…