Philip Baruth has an excellent piece on VPR and his blog about Vermont libraries providing internet access for folks who couldn’t otherwise afford it. Read it here.
Front Porch Forum keeps access as open as possible… subscriptions are free and we focus on the low-end of the tech spectrum. In fact, a Burlington FPF member told me last year that he was homeless. He participated in FPF via the Fletcher Free Library. He used a free GMail account. He listed the intersection in the Old North End where he parked his car/home on wheel on his FPF account. Without the library he would have been shut out of this neighborhood conversation.
- The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Humans don’t really change. If something feels wrong, it probably is.
- Incentives drive the world. For employees, for business development, etc.
- Truth is told at cash registers and not in focus groups. Look to the data and test a product by selling it.
- Listen to Fred Wilson.
- The network is the computer. It has to be open and all about online applications. Think Gmail, Last.fm, Mint.com.
- Think product first, marketing later. This new connected world takes care of a good portion of marketing if you have a great product.
- Barely enough money is a good thing. It keeps you hungry and makes you focussed. Helps you find what’s the core of your business.
- Companies are bought not sold. It might be a clich© but it’s true. Play hard to get.
- Good guys win in a connected world. Media has been democratized and spin control does not exist anymore.
Congratulations to the Everyblock team… they just launched this new service in Chicago, New York and San Francisco…
EveryBlock filters an assortment of local news by location so you can keep track of what’s happening on your block, in your neighborhood and all over your city.
Powerful stuff. I might subscribe to an RSS feed of my neighborhood if I lived in a large city… but I doubt I’d visit regularly. Also I wonder if the info flow will be appropriately scaled. That is, if Everyblock delivers a phone book worth of minutia every day for one neighborhood… that’s too much. And too little info flow doesn’t work either.
Looks like they’re on to something powerful. They seem to be making good use of the free $1.1M gift given by the old newspaper money people at Knight.