My Ignite Where 2.0 Talk – Locked Out in London

Last year I talked about how people sucked at naming places.

This year I was talking about anecdotes about us humans and what we tweet about, and where.

All my examples are from Needium, our platfrom that matches needs expressed to a location and to businesses that can answer them.

Video of My talk

My slides with Notes

Montréal Foursquare Hackday (@ Notman House)

When: Thursday March 24 from 1PM to whenever late we can go

Where: @ Notman House –

Who: anyone that wants to play with foursquare, from designers to hackers and every ideator in between.

How: just drop by and come share your ideas and code some stuff.

Why: because we (SebLennyJean-Luc and I) want to make it happen 🙂

Is this official? Well, not really “official” but the idea was well received on the 4sq api list, we think that’s good (and we will get some t-shirts, w00t)!

Related: François released Marelle (foursquare javascript lib) last week.

StartupCamp Montréal – Unconference

Join us at 3PM this Thursday for the Montréal StartupCamp unconference, there will be two tracks, one on the topic of marketing (moderated by Saul Colt) and another one on technology (moderated by moi).

We have a few topics already planned to get the ball rolling, but we need your participation to make it happen, YOU are in control of the schedule here, just like in any startups (but you run out of money, er, time, around 5h30PM).

Joignez-vous à vos compères et comparses jeudi après-midi à 15h pour l’inconférence de StartupCamp Montréal, la discussion de corridor juste un peu organisée! Deux pistes, une sur le marketing (modérée par Saul Colt, en anglais) et une sur la technologie (avec moi, en bilingue, Montréal Style).

Quelques sujets sont déjà sur la table, mais nous avons besoin de VOUS pour faire de la discussion une réussite, pour suggérer, commenter, partager et apprendre. Curieux et curieuses plus que bienvenu(e)s!

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Suggestions, commentaires?

RL;MB (the instapaper conundrum)

The title stands for “Read it Later, MayBe”… it’s a self-realisation, an illusion disappearing, with my love of time-shifting reading habits thru instapaper. As I mark more and more articles to be read later, I am finding I need more “later” in my life, not happening… As a friend suggested, I should see this as a bucket of intentions instead of a “to read” list. Letting go is part of finding peace in this information overload age.

Petit résumé 2010 et prospective 2011 pour le comité internet de l’Alliance Numérique

On me posait la question ailleurs (dans un réseau fermé), je réponds ici pour la postérité (et l’ouverture):

Qu’elles sont les défis/thèmes/projets de l’an dernier et ceux déjà en branle pour 2011 au sein du comité?

J’avais écrit un résumé de fin 2009 et objectifs 2010 et ça me fais penser qu’il faudrait bien que j’écrive la version fin 2010 objectifs 2011!

En résumé: Nouvelle présidente (yé!), focus soirées/journées internet et … pour continuer d’étendre nos antennes dans les industries et secteurs divers, continuer de pousser les bonnes pratiques web, mieux écouter, supporter et représenter l’industrie internet/web, un gros évènement Web-in en novembre (ça c’est le dossier que je me suis gardé cette année)…

Aussi refonte du site web, blogues pour toutes les alliances et activitées avec les autres alliances pour promouvoir la “synergie de la convergence” (sur un ton mi-sérieux, mi-ironique).

Je vous invite à commenter, compléter et rêver aussi un peu, qu’est-ce qu’on se souhaite en 2011? Et qu’est-ce qu’on va livrer?

La discussion se fait sur la liste (ouverte avec abonnement) de l’Alliance Internet.

Great WordPress Company in Montréal?

I got this question by email from a friend, asking me to recommend a good company (in Montréal or around) to help them build their new website based on WordPress 3.

I used to be able to answer that question, maybe 18-24 months ago, organizing WordCamp Montréal 2009 sure helped, but now I’m feeling a bit disconnected from the local WP network…

What would be your recommendation? It’s ok to pitch your own company (1-2 lines) but others vouching for you is much better.


Minimum Viable Vision – the startup checklist I’ve been waiting for

Fantastic post on Year One Labs blog about Minimum Viable Vision. It captures something I have been trying to define for a few months now. How can you measure your interner startup idea’s potential? And they dive in the details. Here’s the outline:

  1. You’re building a platform
  2. You have recurring ways to make money
  3. You’ve got tiered pricing
  4. You’re tied to a disruptive change
  5. Adopters automatically become advocates
  6. You can create a bidding war
  7. You’re riding an environmental change
  8. You’ve got a sustainable unfair advantage
  9. Your marginal costs tend to zero
  10. There are inherent network effects in the model
  11. You have several ways you can monetize it
  12. You make money when your customers make money
  13. An ecosystem will form around you

I’m sending this one to everyone I advise… and the next step once you review this list? What’s your score?

If you are under 8/13 you have some homework to do. Around 10/30 is incredible. You nail all 13? Liar! 😉

To give you some perspective, after 3 years of working on Praized (now focused on Needium), I think we are probably at 10/13 on that list. Twitter and Facebook are probably at 11 or 12. I might add that going from 7 to 13 is most likely exponential, meaning that going from 8 to 9 is twice as hard as going from 7 to 8, and so on.

Go read the full post, worth all the minutes you will invest in it, plus all the time spent afterward to step up your game with that check list.