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Interview: Ross Mayfield—Founder and CEO, Socialtext.com

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I feel there is an online revolution in social collaborations through services such as blogs, RSS, and Wikis. This Canadian IT Managers (CIM) forum is a great example of what is to come - more interaction, more community, and ultimately a fine vehicle for working together. There is also the Mix06 conference in March which is all about this change.

In this interview with Ross Mayfield, well known in the social web arena, we talk about what this can mean. Ross shares his views about blogs and Wikis and the area of Web 2.0 since he was at the conference last year. As a serial entrepreneur, Ross also shares his tips on evolving a startup. [Note: Ross's references to next year are for 2006.]

I'm interested in your views on what Ross says... comment here or send me an e-mail at sibaraki@cips.ca . Do you agree, disagree, ... ?

Thank you,
Stephen Ibaraki
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  • Great advice on starting a company!

  • Ross has a great background on the entrepreneurial side. His tips about continual incremental innovation are key while holding off on the VC participation as long as you can. This is one area that resonates with many IT pros and managers since they often have an idea they want to take to market. And, IT has an entrepreneurial feel to it. This comes from the constant change and updating required. Moreover with IT increasingly becoming business facing and key to business strategy than the principles behind a startup can apply to an IT department. For example, two key areas are providing business differentiation and value—these are essential for a successful startup and a requirement now for IT. ICT drives differentiation for the business and value for it’s customers.

    I caught Guy Kawasaki’s presentation in the entrepreneurial area which also is very useful. I have been dialoguing with him recently and will be doing a podcast on Friday. The focus is business startups so it likely won’t appear here. If you want to hear more, send me an e-mail and I’ll provide the links…

    Cheers,
    Stephen

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