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  • The Real Dynamics Of First-Mover Advantage - Steffan Antonas
    broken or need tweeking a tweek being any change that you think will take two hours but ends up taking two weeks tw o w eeks get it You spend the next 6 months scrambling to get the product up to scratch Customers don t come flocking They come dribbling in like glue covered sloths whinging about every little thing you ve missed Myth First Movers Have It Easier Truth It Should Be Called First Mover Dis Advantage I always liked the saying that the early bird gets the worm However the second mouse gets the cheese Breaking new ground means that you get to be the first one out there but it also means you have no paths to follow no wisdom to heed and no mentors to be mentored by You have to hack that sucker open It s harder It really is Compound Interest Is About Education Refining and Iterating First Movers are also the first one to make the big mistakes and so you re the first one to learn the lessons Keep your eye on your customers and their problems Keep your eye on your metrics Keep testing What s working What could be better What s evolving now and what will always be evolving You have the opportunity to stay in front and you have the challenge to not get caught up juggling those many brightly colored balls Like most good things compound interest benefits from education Everything you learn builds on and adds value to everything else you ve learned It expands clarifies and refines it and makes it better If you pay attention and really test watch observe and listen with an open mind then you won t have to learn a lesson more than once Learn it add it to your

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  • Why The Public Sector Needs To Commit To Scientific Research - Steffan Antonas
    science is more essential for our prosperity our security our health and our environment and our quality of life is an important step in shifting the national consciousness to build a strong culture of innovation I particularly appreciated this explanation of why the public sector needs to commit to research Basic scientific research is scientific capital The fact is an investigation into a particular physical chemical or biological process might not pay off for a year or a decade or at all And when it does the rewards are often broadly shared enjoyed by those who bore its costs but also by those who did not And that s why the private sector generally underinvests in basic science and why the public sector must invest in this kindof research Because while the risks may be large so are the rewards for our economy and our society Right on Mr President Published April 30 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Uncategorized Tags Design Obama Politics Science Videos Published by Steffan Antonas To the readers of this blog This post like all the others should be thought of as the start of a conversation so please share your ideas by joining in the

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  • Uncategorized Archives - Steffan Antonas
    The ones that require a completely different level of all hands on deck customer service that is a joy to watch from the sidelines Every Starbucks regular at one point or another in their quest for 15 minutes of caffeinated heaven has had the pleasure of witnessing a die hard order their favorite ultra customized coffee cocktail and perhaps broken out in laughter This morning s die hard prize for most obnoxiously detailed order goes to the Venti Half Caf Non Fat Vanilla Latte Extra Hot With Two Pumps of Caramel no water The entire line heard it and tuned into what was going on because the woman holding the pocket poodle had to repeat it 3 times The poor girl taking the order had a mini meltdown and then tried to recover by staring blankly at the cash register buttons in an attempt to try and parse all the information It was total system overload I had the biggest smile on my face it was one of those moments that Julie and I would have appreciated together in gleeful silence Until you get to the point where you re ordering drinks that require 2 or 3 Starbucks employees to stop what they re doing and make an assembly line sorry you re just a regular Published November 1 2007 Author Steffan Antonas Category Uncategorized Comments 5 Comments Things You May Not Have Known About Gandhi For the majority of time I studied and worked as a T A at Georgetown in 2003 2005 I lived in Adams Morgan about 30 minutes walk from the Georgetown Campus Not having a car I walked to campus most days passing the statue of Gandhi at Embassy Row The memories I have of seeing that statue over and over on those walks are as vivid as any I have from that period in my life The brass statue stands as a strong reminder of the legendary humanitarian The intended effects of the deliberate display of symbolic artifacts like this statue in public areas is undoubtedly to send a very clear message to the public that certain ethical and moral values for instance are good for society And why not remind the public of the virtues of non violence helping the poor and selflessness By any of these measures Gandhi is a legend which is why it makes perfect sense that this particular statue was chosen to stand amid a cluster of over 50 international embassies in D C it s the perfect political marketing message for international cooperation and peace That said here are some interesting questions for those of you reading this What if you learned something about Gandhi today that you found shocking and offensive Would it change the value of the statue s symbolism for you After all what the statue means to you or any of us is directly related to what you know of Gandhi and most importantly how you feel about what you know You have a

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  • Mulitple Prototypes, Better Feedback - Steffan Antonas
    negative response or no real feedback at all In both cases the person you re trying to glean insight from is less likely to give you the kind of quality objective feedback you need Presenting more than one prototype however changes the game and guards against fruitless emotionally tainted responses A variety of options makes it possible to have a much more frank and productive discussion about the pros and cons of an idea because the subject has something else to compare against The prototypes themselves become the focus not you and get pitted against one another Tom Kelley and Jonathan Littman discuss the advantages of multiple prototypes I ve paraphrased above and give a great example of this effect in their book The Ten Faces of Innovation highly recommended It s like your wife asking you what you think of her in the only dress she bought that day it s still a prototype since the sales tags are still on it and it s still fully returnable but that s not the point She s asking about the dress with her in it She picked it out tried it on paid for it and brought it home You ve GOT to like that dress because she s already committed to that choice With only one option on the table I m either on her side or I m not Image instead that just seeing the one chosen dress at the end you had the chance to see 7 dresses earlier in the process as your wife hauls them into the department store dressing room On the way in she pauses to ask you what you think This time flipping through the options you can pick out the same exact dress and say honey I don t think this

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  • Encouraging Randomness and Accelerating Serendipity - Steffan Antonas
    the difference between showing up to a traditional networking event or to a Tweetup meeting arranged through Twitter is palpable I don t know why this is so maybe it s that Twitter draws a certain type of person maybe it s that the emerging Twitter culture is making people feel differently about making social connections who knows exactly Whatever it is the result is an acceleration of the number variety and speed of offline connections you end up making the small talk seems to disappear guards drop and real connections are made exponentially faster While I don t advise anyone to over do social media we still need to work on being present in our lives I think that opting in to services like Twitter with a bring it on attitude is a good thing I say all this knowing now that accelerating serendipity is real In the last 4 months I ve met a ton of people online that I now know offline and good things have already come from it I ve had great conversations and meals with fascinating new people attended parties and meetups I never would have known about had hundreds of people find and subscribe to my blog I ve even been a guest on TwitterTalkradio won online contests and had an author send me a free copy of his book In each and every case I just mentioned the initial point of contact was through Twitter And I would have never had the pleasure of getting to know these people or had these experiences otherwise It s serendipity in action Not convinced Why not try it Get out there Encourace randomness in your life You may be surprised at what happens Published April 28 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Cyberculture Tags Randomness Social Media Twitter Comments 5 Comments Published by Steffan Antonas To the readers of this blog This post like all the others should be thought of as the start of a conversation so please share your ideas by joining in the discussion If you do please adhere to the following commenting rules 1 Be Cool no flaming and no spamming All inappropriate comments will be deleted 2 If you must curse please do so with style and taste 3 Put your URL in the website field and not in the comment box Finally If you liked this article please consider sharing it on del icio us StumbleUpon or Digg I d appreciate it Post navigation Previous Post I m A Guest On TwitterTalkRadio Next Post Mulitple Prototypes Better Feedback 5 Comments steffanantonas April 28 2009 at 1 30 am For the record The term Accelerating Serendipity was first used by Tara Hunt I heard it while listening to a podcast where she interviews Tony Hsieh CEO Zappos Tony mentions it in a discussion about Twitter and how it s affected his personal network and friendships offline and gives Tara credit for coining the term You can find the podcast in the

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  • I'm A Guest On TwitterTalkRadio! - Steffan Antonas
    superstar She s a successful entrepreneur and currently runs several websites including SquareMartiniMedia com twitterattraction com and sixfiguremomsclub com On Monday she shot me a message asking if I would call in to the show and we had some great pre show discussions about self branding and using Twitter as a tool to build your business network Here s a link to the podcast where Rieva Angie Alan and I discuss transparency authenticity going local with Twitter Congratulations to Rieva and Angie on a successful first week You guys did a bang up job Published April 27 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Cyberculture Social Media Technology Tags Social Media Twitter Comments 1 Comment Published by Steffan Antonas To the readers of this blog This post like all the others should be thought of as the start of a conversation so please share your ideas by joining in the discussion If you do please adhere to the following commenting rules 1 Be Cool no flaming and no spamming All inappropriate comments will be deleted 2 If you must curse please do so with style and taste 3 Put your URL in the website field and not in the comment box Finally

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  • An Interview With Alex Iskold, Founder and CEO of AdaptiveBlue - Steffan Antonas
    and what it does since my latest post on the major upgrades AdaptiveBlue released last week during the Web 2 0 Expo Nick O Neill has done a 15 minute interview with Alex Iskold the CEO of AdaptiveBlue that highlights exactly what Glue is what it does and gives a detailed demo of the new features that allow you to have conversations around and get recommendations for books movies restaurants wines and other objects as you browse the web Interview With Alex Iskold of Glue from Nick O Neill on Vimeo Published April 7 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Social Media Technology Tags AdaptiveBlue Alex Iskold Glue Interviews semantic web Social Media Technology Comments 2 Comments Published by Steffan Antonas To the readers of this blog This post like all the others should be thought of as the start of a conversation so please share your ideas by joining in the discussion If you do please adhere to the following commenting rules 1 Be Cool no flaming and no spamming All inappropriate comments will be deleted 2 If you must curse please do so with style and taste 3 Put your URL in the website field and not in the

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  • The Glue Community Gets What It Asks For - Steffan Antonas
    we were having well The second thing we wanted was to know what was popular and to get recommendations based on what our friends liked I personally use Amazon s people who bought this also bought feature a lot when I buy books and surf sites like RottenTomatoes com for movie reviews before I buy tickets The only problem is that neither of these services tell me what is popular with people I know right now Glue has started to solve this problem by surfacing recommendations based on what stuff my friends are currently browsing I ve even started using the Glue iPhone app when I go to a book store to see what my friends are reading which is super useful The point here is that current is better because most of us would rather read books watch movies and try restaurants etc that our friends think rock NOW We want to talk about and connect around those things while they matter Glue is getting better at that hint get your friends on it soon and before you know it you ll know what they like without them even telling you The rest of the features that have been added are solid but aren t as visionary and groundbreaking as the ones I ve talked about above in my opinion so I ll touch on them lightly Automatic synchronization with Twitter and Facebook is sweet because it allows you to stop thinking about and managing your social graph It does that all for you with zero effort If you re linked on Facebook or Twitter and you re both on glue you re linked People like me with thousands of contacts to manage will really apprecaite the effort the development team has put in here The integration with Facebook Friendfeed Twitter Tumblr and email is also a nice to have if you manage multiple accounts Again you can post to many profiles without the friction of logging in shrinking links and posting in different profiles it s all done right from the page even link shrinking is done automatically which is nice Finally the ability to see top users in each category gives you an idea of who the hardcore users are on any given week so you can find people who really care about books movies restaurants etc and see what they ve got to say Final Thoughts And My Plug For The Glue Community A lot of time effort and thought went into this release of Glue and it shows in the new UI and functionality Social browsing tools are a very new thing but once you get used to them you ll likely find they have major advantages to other networking tools Using Glue takes less time less energy and the conversation is always in context of the object no matter which site the object appears on which makes it consistently useful This isn t just another social network it s a tool suite that ll

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