I'm catching up on the good links from the O'Reilly blog…

Marc talks about Paul Graham's recent essay, "The Hardest Lessons for Startups to Learn"

There's an interesting meta-lesson in the essay. Paul advocates getting a very basic product out quickly and then learning from, and reacting to, its encounters with actual users as quickly as possible. (Actually, Paul says exactly that in an earlier essay, talking about his book Hackers and Painters: "I didn't want to waste people's time telling them things they already knew. It's more efficient just to give them the diffs.")

(Tim also has his tidbits about the Startup School. And a summary of his talk.)

Tim talks about a comment Greg Linden made regarding the design of BigTable and the Google File System. Jeff Dean of Google gave a talk saying:

BigTable is a system for storing and managing very large amounts of structured data. The system is designed to manage several petabytes of data distributed across thousands of machines, with very high update and read request rates coming from thousands of simultaneous clients.

Brady comments on Mind Camp 2.0 observations. He says:

The video that I just watched on youtube captured some of the energy.It was like many geek conferences, but because the talks came from the heart there was more of a conversation with less focus on the speaker. The people in the audience were at the same level as the speaker. The wiki is slowly being populated as people add their session notes.

Also, Tim's Purpose-Driven Media post is very nice:

Business theorists have started to grasp the risks to established businesses of asymmetric competition. (By analogy to the concept of asymmetric warfare, sometimes companies are competing with rivals whose different business model transforms the nature of the conflict. For example, the competition between Netscape and Microsoft was symmetric because both companies employed the software distribution business model, but the competition between Google and Microsoft, or (more granularly), between Firefox and IE or Linux and Windows, is asymmetric.)

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