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Show #66 Tom Foremski, SiliconValleyWatcher.com

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Bob and Pat interview Tom Foremski, one of the foremost journalists covering Silicon Valley, the world of startups and the shifting sands under the feet of traditional media. Tom was one of the first top rank journalists to go solo and leave the sinking mainstream media ship. You’ll find his analysis of the coming media tsunami and why every company – including your startup – is now a media company nourishing food for thought.

And on a personal note, Bob gets some face time with Pat in beautiful Grand Rapids, MI after all the shows we’ve done remotely. West Michigan is a happening place!

Also, If you’re a web designer or web developer, open source or .NET, Microsoft WebsiteSpark and StartupToDo.com (now Version 2!) have free Microsoft software for designers and a six month scholarship to StartupToDo.com you may be interested in. For details and how to apply, visit http://startuptodo.com/websitespark/.

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Bob Walsh is on Twitter at http://twitter.com/bobwalsh or you can email him at bob.walsh@47hats.com.

Patrick Foley is on Twitter at http://twitter.com/patrickfoley or you can email him at patrick.foley@microsoft.com

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Written by Bob Walsh, Developer & Content Marketing Consultant

April 29, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Show #65 Startup Visa update, Startup Lessons Learned Conference preview

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Bob and Pat interview two key players in the Startup Visa Act – Eric Ries (see show 59) and Representative Jared Polis (CO-D) who is sponsoring this bill in the House. Eric is also the organizer of the Startup Lessons Learned Conference on April 23rd about the lean startups methodology. This San Francisco conference has galvanized the attention of the global startup community: it will be simulcast to startup meetups (free or nominal cost) in a whopping 50+ cities worldwide and available on Justin.tv.

And we get an education from Eric and Rep. Polis on the huge differences between the worlds of IT and politics. Rep. Polis is serial entrepreneur, creating and selling BlueMountain.com and Proflowers.com before being elected in 2008. Rep. Polis fills us in on why he thinks the Startup Visa Act will pass.

The interview with Eric begins at :58, and with Rep. Polis starts at 18:35.

Also, If you’re a web designer or web developer, open source or .NET, Microsoft WebsiteSpark and StartupToDo.com have free Microsoft software for designers and a six month scholarship to StartupToDo.com you may be interested in. For details and how to apply, visit http://startuptodo.com/websitespark/.

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Bob Walsh is on Twitter at http://twitter.com/bobwalsh or you can email him at bob.walsh@47hats.com.

Patrick Foley is on Twitter at http://twitter.com/patrickfoley or you can email him at patrick.foley@microsoft.com

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April 22, 2010 at 3:49 pm

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Show #64 Maria Ly, Skimble, and Geosense for Windows

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Bob and Pat interview Maria Ly, co-founder of Skimble, an iPhone app for tracking and sharing all your sports activities (from rockclimbing to yoga and everything in between). Maria shares her experience as an Apple iPhone developer, how she and her partner and co-founder Gabriel Vanrenen make a business and personal relationship work, and lots more.

And Pat interviews Rafael Rivera and Long Zheng about their project, Geosense for Windows, a free Windows Sensor providing the Location and Sensors platform in Windows 7 with accurate and reasonably ubiquitous positioning information without requiring or the assistance of GPS hardware, enabling more practical location-based applications and scenarios on Windows 7.

How does it work? “We employ thousands of pigeons around the world to stalk our users with the promise of breadcrumbs.” – no, not really, but you’ll have to listen to the podcast to hear how these guys pull off this bit of techno-magic.

Also, If you’re a web designer or web developer, open source or .NET, Microsoft WebsiteSpark and StartupToDo.com have free Microsoft software for designers and a six month scholarship to StartupToDo.com you may be interested in. For details and how to apply, visit http://startuptodo.com/websitespark/.

Download Show #64 here: Show #64 Or if you prefer, Subscribe to the podcast in Apple iTunes.

Bob Walsh is on Twitter at http://twitter.com/bobwalsh or you can email him at bob.walsh@47hats.com.

Patrick Foley is on Twitter at http://twitter.com/patrickfoley or you can email him at patrick.foley@microsoft.com

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April 15, 2010 at 6:31 pm

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Show #63 Jason Fried, 37signals and REWORK

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Bob interviews Jason Fried, co-founder and president of 37signals and co-author of Getting Real and now REWORK. Jason is the archetype of a successful web-based software company founder (Basecamp, Highrise, Campfire, Backpack), a strong proponent for a reality-based (versus VC-funded) approach to building a tech company with a point of view, and a strong believer most of the accepted ways of doing business don’t scale down to startups.

In this interview, we dig into not just Jason and David Heinemeier Hansson’s new book about the business of startups, but why and how they arrived at 37signals’ successful approach to building a software company. Jason generously shares a range of advice and experience about building your startup that is anything but a rehash of all the other advice you’ve heard.

Also, If you’re a web designer or web developer, open source or .NET, Microsoft WebsiteSpark and StartupToDo.com have free Microsoft software for designers and a six month scholarship to StartupToDo.com you may be interested in. For details and how to apply, visit http://startuptodo.com/websitespark/.

Download Show #63 here: Show #63 Or if you prefer, Subscribe to the podcast in Apple iTunes.

Bob Walsh is on Twitter at http://twitter.com/bobwalsh or you can email him at bob.walsh@47hats.com.

Patrick Foley is on Twitter at http://twitter.com/patrickfoley or you can email him at patrick.foley@microsoft.com

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April 8, 2010 at 12:24 pm

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Show #62 Paul Pluschkell, Spigit.com

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Bob and Pat talk with Paul Pluschkell, CEO and cofounder of Spigit.com, an innovative startup that is transforming social media, innovation and idea creation in large enterprises and other companies. What happens when social media reputation building, leaderboards, voting ideas up and down within a company meets companies like AT&T, Walmart and Southwest Airlines? The results may surprise you.

Paul shares some very useful advice for startups selling to enterprises as well, and offers a perspective from a vantage point few enjoy on how social media is going change the workplace.

Also, If you’re a web designer or web developer, open source or .NET, Microsoft WebsiteSpark and StartupToDo.com have free Microsoft software for designers and a six month scholarship to StartupToDo.com you may be interested in. For details and how to apply, visit http://startuptodo.com/websitespark/.

Download Show #62 here: Show #62 Or if you prefer, Subscribe to the podcast in Apple iTunes.

Bob Walsh is on Twitter at http://twitter.com/bobwalsh or you can email him at bob.walsh@47hats.com.

Patrick Foley is on Twitter at http://twitter.com/patrickfoley or you can email him at patrick.foley@microsoft.com

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April 1, 2010 at 9:00 am

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