Lawyers Using Social Media

The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Advertising recently released its Guidelines for Networking Sites, which are meant to give Florida lawyers some guidance as to how the Bar Rules apply to social media sites like Facebook, Linkedin, Google+, and Twitter. Communications from a Florida lawyer that promote the lawyer’s legal services are regulated by the…

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TechVenture… human adventure.

Remarks delivered at the TechVenture conference. December 6, 2011. Hard Rock Cafe, Universal Studios, Orlando. [The audio is here: techventure2011] On December 17, 2010, Mohammad Bouazizi, a 26 year-old street vendor in Tunisia, was harassed, beaten, and humiliated by police for selling vegetables in the street without a permit, which is a euphemistic way of…

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Playful Detachment

Is this seat saved? So I’m sitting in a movie theater and this guy comes up to me and says, “Excuse me, is this seat saved?” And I say, “Well if Thomas Aquinas reasoned that even animals have no souls… how can an inanimate object like a chair expect to attain eternal salvation!?” And he…

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Is Reality Real?

A dear friend turned me on to this mind-bending post about why we’re all just AI’s running around a virtual world, a Matrix, if you will. Brains in a vat. I alluded to this possibility in my remarks delivered to open the Internet Technology Summit last June. The basic argument goes: if we can create…

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Why startups fail

My friend Michael Trout says: Fourteen million business plans are submitted each year in the U.S. (according to Google Aardvark) and only 2000-3000 (according to Adeo of TheFunded.com) are deemed successful! So, if you are submitting a business plan then you have a 0.0214% of getting funding each year! From a systemic perspective, most startups…

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A 12-Step Program for Quitting Your Day Job

A lot of people come to me with the question, “I’ve got a great business/product/service idea. What do I do next?” If you find yourself asking this question, my advice is to become a full-time entrepreneur and start a company to make and sell your product or service. In my experience, that is the best…

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Bilski Haiku

Lots of great blow-by-blow analysis out there regarding Monday’s long-awaited U.S. Supreme Court decision on the extent to which software and business methods qualify for patent protection. Here it is as a haiku. Nine, robed black, have kept The path to patents lit, for Software and methods. Be at peace…

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Jet Blues…

Dear JetBlue, At the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, just over the San Bruno hills from the Silicon Valley, they have a guy come out and play “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes every night for the guests who are watching the sun set over the Pacific. It is a moment that is unexpected and unforgettable…

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