Monday, January 30, 2006

Open Tuesday

No posts in a few weeks as I have been busy writing up few academic articles, as well as setting up a new venture. From now on you can find my business related writings at and I will start writing more personal observations here.

Monday, January 02, 2006

MySQL & Open Source Success

As an investor to MySQL, I feel a bit biased to rave about their success, so here is a link to one of my favorite blogger's post...still the big questions in my mind are when to go open and how!?

AC/OS: "A very happy new year for MySQL

In my in-box this morning was an update from Marten Mickos detailing the company's progress over the past year."

The Pitch

Good post by Guy, with nice additions by Ronny

Ronny Max: "Guy Kawasaki 10/20/30 Rule (And my 100/10/1)

As a venture capitalist, Guy Kawasaki had seen a fair share of PowerPoint presentations, hence his 10/20/30 rule: PowerPoint presentation should have ten slides, last no more than twenty minutes, and contain no font smaller than thirty points. The ten topics that a venture capitalist cares about are: 1. Problem 2. Your solution 3. Business model 4. Underlying magic/technology 5. Marketing and sales 6. Competition 7. Team 8. Projections and milestones 9. Status and timeline10. Summary and call to actionPoint is people have short attention span. They want information quickly, without the hassles of noise (too much data) or errors (not enough knowledge).I have my 100/10/1 rule: 100 pages detailed plan (in writing), 10 minutes talk (PowerPoint), and 1 sentence elevators pitch (the gist of the idea). The detailed plan forces understanding. The presentation presents the highlights. And the Elevators Pitch generates interest. I found that I failed when I didnt use the 100/10/1 rule, and I succeeded when I did. Try it out. It works."