Archive for the ‘Entrepreneurship’ Category
Posted by Jacqueline on October 15, 2007
Blog Action Day has gotten tons of buzz in the blogosphere, and for very good reason – it’s a great way to get people thinking about a very big issue – the environment. It’s something that affects every person on the planet, so getting tons of bloggers to write about it results in a global reach.
Now, the Knight News Challenge is not necessarily about the environment (although depending on the ideas you have, it can be), and it is focused on projects that benefit specific communities as opposed to the entire world, but in this increasingly interconnected world, the two can be connected through the net.
Have the many different posts for Blog Action Day (go here to read them all) inspired you to make your city greener? Does your idea use digital technology to deliver information to members of your community? Turn your thoughts into a proposal at www.newschallenge.org, and you could be one step to winning funding, realizing your dreams, and making your home a greener place.
Posted in Citizen Journalism, Entrepreneurship, General, Innovation, Technology | Tagged: Blog Action Day, Environmentalism, Knight News Challenge, Living Green | 3 Comments »
Posted by Jacqueline on October 14, 2007
How do you plan to spend this Sunday afternoon?
For those of you with entrepreneurial tendencies, chances are you’re at least thinking of plans, ideas, and projects that you can execute. If your ideas have anything to do with digital technology (and what doesn’t these days?), citizen journalism, and involve building community within a specific geographic region, check out the Knight News Challenge.
The Knight Foundation’s news challenge awards funding to people with innovative ideas that relate to the above subjects – you can win up to $500,000 and anyone, of any age and from anywhere in the world, can enter.
What are you waiting for?
Go here to find out more and submit your proposal.
Posted in Entrepreneurship, General, Innovation, Technology | Tagged: creativity, Entrepreneurship, funding, grants, Innovation, invention, Knight News Challenge, startups | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Jacqueline on October 12, 2007
One of the many things that makes the Knight News Challenge unique is that you can make your entry open to the public, so they can read, comment, and help improve your plan. Even people who don’t plan to enter the contest can participate this way, so if you have something to say about community journalism, online news, or just want to have a hand in what could be a revolutionary innovation, go here to sign up and begin.
Although in my previous post, I said it is not the critic who counts; however, a some constructive criticism can go a long way towards helping an entrepreneur get started. Besides, it’s an easy way to do your part and help citizen and community journalism grow into something that truly changes the world.
Posted in Citizen Journalism, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Web 2.0 | Tagged: criticism, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Knight News Challenge, open source | 2 Comments »
Posted by Jacqueline on October 12, 2007
So what are your weekend plans?
How does winning funding for one of those brilliant ideas you’ve been kicking around sound? After all, it doesn’t take that much time to put together a proposal for the Knight News Challenge.
Techcrunch has an inspiring post up today about Yossi Vardi, a very influential and experienced tech entrepreneur (he was one of the original investors, in ICQ, for instance), including this quote from Theodore Roosevelt:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Why not jump into the arena by entering the contest? Get started at www.newschallenge.org.
Posted in Entrepreneurship, General, Innovation | Tagged: creation, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, inspiration, startups, yossi vardi | 1 Comment »
Posted by Jacqueline on October 11, 2007
Everything has a website nowadays – it’s almost impossible to start a company or do a project without some kind of web presence. Obviously, an impressive, interesting, and compelling site is a virtual must for success. For those of you planning to enter the Knight News Challenge (or have already entered and want to make your project even better), check out marketing guru Seth Godin’s rules for an amazing site.
#2 is particularly important (difficult to accomplish, but nothing worthwhile comes easy):
“Change the interaction. What makes great websites great is that they are simultaneously effortless and new at the same time. That means that the site teaches you a new thing or new interaction or new connection, but you know how to use it right away. (Hey, if doing this were easy, everyone would do it.)”
Posted in Blogging, Digital Media, Entrepreneurship, General, Technology, Web | Tagged: Seth Godin, Web Design, Web Programming, Websites | 1 Comment »
Posted by Jacqueline on October 8, 2007
Serial entrepreneur and founder of create-your-own social network site, Ning, Marc Andreessen has something to say to everyone who feels that we’re in the middle of another internet bubble (bubble 2.0?) – basically, that we’re not. But he’s a lot funnier.
He makes a lot of good points about why you should take the risks and get out there and create something. There is work to be done, innovations to discover, and of course, money to be made.
And if your ideas or projects have to do with citizen journalism, building community, and digital technology, check out the Knight News Challenge. Because if you happen to win, and Marc’s wrong about that whole bubble thing, some nice grant money will soften the blow.
Posted in Blogging, Digital Media, Entrepreneurship, General, Innovation, Technology, Web | Tagged: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, internet bubble, Knight News Challenge, marc andreessen, Technology, web 2.0 | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Jacqueline on October 7, 2007
What are your plans for this week?
Just a typical week, you say?
Perhaps it’s time to disrupt your routine and take a look at the Knight News Challenge. For the unfamiliar, it’s a contest that awards funding to innovators with ideas that involve digital technology and information delivery, and are focused on fostering community in a specific geographic region. Anyone can enter (all you need is a great idea) and the deadline is October 15th.
There’s up to $5 million reserved for this year’s challenge, so a winning entry could be truly life-changing. Consider yourself an entrepreneur? Take the chance and enter.
Need some inspiration?
Check out this clip of last year’s winners:
Posted in Entrepreneurship, General, Innovation, Web | Tagged: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, invention, Knight News Challenge, Technology | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Jacqueline on October 5, 2007
Just a quick notice to all those planning to enter the Knight News Challenge – the deadline is on October 15th, which is only ten days away. However, that is definitely still enough time to create a short proposal for the contest, so click here and get started.
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Posted by Jacqueline on October 5, 2007
Want to control your own destiny? You can create something, build something, or start your own business. Whatever you do, take a chance and get entrepreneurial. It’s easier than ever to start a company, publish your writing or artwork, and record your own music, thanks to the web. Need more inspiration? Check out this post by Read Write Web’s brilliant Bernard Lunn about how Creative Entrepreneurs are the Next Masters of the Universe.
Basically, it’s time to stop complaining about the status quo and get out there and disrupt it (and if you’re lacking in funds and your idea has to do with news, local and hyperlocal communities, and/or journalism, check out the Knight News Challenge). Yes, it’s tough to get heard over all the other “noise” on the web, and marketing even the best idea is difficult in this age of over-saturation, but in the end, isn’t being becoming a master of the universe worth it?
Get out there and change the world.
Posted in Digital Media, Entrepreneurship, General, Innovation, New Media, Technology | Tagged: creativity, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, startups | 1 Comment »