For the first time ever I just deleted a blog post. I got up at 4 am, flew to Oakland, drove to Santa Rosa, spent the day with the YackPack team, and then drove back to the airport, where my flight was delayed for 2 hours (wind problems), and so, while waiting for my flight, I posted something about Alan Kay\’s lecture last week and how people today aren\’t taught to think and then I went off on something about how smart our ancestors were. I was pretty hammered after a long day and not in a great mood, so my post didn\’t make a whole lot of sense.
On the heels of my interview with Daily Herald Business Editor Grace Leong, I found this news interesting today: Lenova announced that it is selling PCs outside of China.
You can visit pages.google.com to sign up for a simple web page creation tool. You get 100 MB of free storage space for whatever web pages you build. Google hosts them for free also.
I tried to sign up, but they\’ve already limited access during the beta test period.
With thousands of employees at Google spending 20% of their time working on a pet project, we will continue to see new services rolling out of Google like a flood.
Yesterday was busy and productive.
In the morning we held an LDSMedia.com meeting with Deseret Book. We have a great partnership with them. The new LDSMedia.com web site is coming along nicely. By next week it will be nearly ready for prime time. We\’ve added some free clip art and are making it possible for our content acquisition team to identify and index great LDS audio and video content anywhere on the web and easily include it in our search results. Our goal here is to launch the "LDS Google," with instant access to all content (and all content types) of interest to Latter-Day Saints. (There are about 12 million LDS/Mormons in the world.) Actually, it\’s won\’t really be the LDS Google because we aren\’t planning to index tons of web sites, just the ones that have the best and richest LDS content.
Alan Kay is speaking in Salt Lake on Thursday. I would go hear him in a heartbeat if I weren\’t judging a business plan competition at BYU on Thursday. Alan is one of the pioneers of the computer industry, having worked at Xerox Park from 1970-1980, then Atari, Disney, and HP. He got a Ph.D. from the University of Utah in computer science.
I have never been to DEMO, but it is well known that many of the greatest companies of our time were launched there. (List a few)
But I\’ve recently watched all the videos from presenters at DEMO 2006. Here are my comments about them. My notes to specific Provo Labs employees are in brackets.
Kaboodle. This is a socially driven comparison shopping engine. I like the data harvesting method which employs a single click to send a product page to your Kaboodle page, which you can then share with friends.
Dennis Wood (director of human capital for vSpring) has a great article in the recent Connect magazine about executive recruiting and hiring right.
Dennis is a star. He is the most LinkedIn person in Utah (he passed me a long time ago) and in his article he discusses how he recently used LinkedIn to land a CTO for a vSpring portfolio company.
Brock Blake, CEO of FundingUniverse.com (a Provo Labs portfolio company) just made it on the list of Utah\’s Top 40 Under 40. At age 25, he was the youngest person on the list. So he can stay on this list for the next 14 years! Way to go, Brock.
This site has a ton of great content (encyclopedias and other reference works), a simple search engine, and a tremendous growth chart.