November 2008 Blog Posts (52)

School for Startups

We just held a fruitful one day School for Startups with Doug Richard and Alex van Someren in Edinburgh; as Ewan blogged.

Now we Go West and will be doing School for Startups in Glasgow 10th… Continue

Added by Andrew Mitchell on November 6, 2008 at 23:13 — 1 Comment

Hubdub launches UK version

Umm, crowdsourcing betting prediction site Hubdub is rolling out a UK version. You can get a preview at

Hubdub gives you tons of entertaining ways to track news stories and become more informed than ever before.

* Create your own questions and find out what the community forecasts will happen

* Cash in predictions before they are over if you change your mind to make gains faster

* See accurate… Continue

Added by Ivan Pope on November 6, 2008 at 12:55 — 1 Comment

Right brain / Left brain (what do you see?)

By the very nature of 38minutes there should be a healthy mix of left-brain & right-brain members; with right-brainers being the arty-types, and the left-brain camp being jam-packed full of coders.

I found the image above online a while ago and wondered whether it's a hoax. So here goes... apparently if you see the image moving clockwise then you're supposed to be thinking with your right brain (the creative side), and if you see… Continue

Added by David Brown on November 6, 2008 at 12:30 — 16 Comments

The day I entered US political history

As the first Scottish blogger to make the first black US President's acceptance speech. I only found out after scores of messages on Twitter from American friends and colleagues that, indeed, it is true. If you don't believe me, check out this snap.

Added by Ewan McIntosh on November 5, 2008 at 22:37 — 2 Comments

Getting to Nomi, Getting to Know You...

The second episode of Kirill is up and so I took a gander at the site and, despite not being too impressed by the episode (there's something about it that doesn't hook me in, I don't know what I'm looking for in an online drama but there certainly needs to be something... when the narrator tells me 'ten days is a long time' and all I can do not punch the screen and yell 'two minutes is a long time', that's not a good sign). I think the thing is it has such high production values and it's… Continue

Added by Priya Bhakta on November 5, 2008 at 13:00 — No Comments

Home Taping Is Killing Music

A story from the games world...

Respected British game designer David Braben (the man behind 'Elite' fact fans), has gone on record saying that by selling pre-owned videogames retailers are effectively 'defrauding' the videogames market.

This is an ongoing argument within the games world.… Continue

Added by Brian Baglow on November 5, 2008 at 12:01 — 10 Comments

Should we always choose Martinis?

We are all used to the notion of the internet supporting the Martini effect ie. the ability for the internet to allow users to access or perform a task any place, any where, any time. For example a student can access their e-learning materials at 5pm or 3am, a business man can access his logistics data in Manchester or Montreal, etc.

These types of applications are about needs which are location and time agnostic. What is important is what the user wants to do not when or where.… Continue

Added by tunde on November 5, 2008 at 11:21 — 2 Comments

Ah bums......

Well I'm now back from The big smoke, empty handed and tired.

A week of networking and playing video games really takes it out of you.

Anyway I didn't win the coveted Golden Joystick award but I did meet a whole bunch of really nice people, mainly from the fringe events, which were really interesting. The guys at 01 Zero-one are awesome!

One of the best events I was at was the open source for new business models debate, alot of interesting things were said about developers… Continue

Added by Dave Sapien on November 4, 2008 at 15:33 — 4 Comments

Can we crowdsource a crowdsourcing engine?

Clare-Frances Lennon posted her 4iP proposals in public and triggered a short but interesting discussion around whether this was wise or not.

Stuart asked "Potential for a crowd sourcing sub-site maybe?". This sent me back to the concept of crowdsourcing. Specifically, I went off to find out who was running useful crowdsourcing sites. Answer came there none.

It also set off thoughts about what crowdsourcing… Continue

Added by Ivan Pope on November 4, 2008 at 13:30 — 2 Comments

Digitising the playground network

Or not?

Here's the thing. We used a local building company last year for a major house conversion. Great job (ignoring inevitable niggles) and we were happy to recommend them. As indeed they had been recommended to us. They have since completed two big jobs with friends, with another probably in the pipeline. Word of mouth is everything.

But right now we're a bit hacked off with them. They did a small job while we were on holiday - installing a new bath - and a moment of… Continue

Added by Kyle MacRae on November 4, 2008 at 11:05 — 1 Comment

School for Startups' lessons for 4iP

The lessons learned by a startup in LA which took a different look at the dry-cleaning business have much in common with the kind of startup mentality that could drive the next Big Ideas on 4iP.

Last week I was invited to attend old haunts at Edinburgh University as Doug Richard held another of his School for Startups for 150 Scottish… Continue

Added by Ewan McIntosh on November 2, 2008 at 10:46 — 3 Comments

Dang, there goes my Patent ...

I note that a ruling from the US courts has made business process patents unpatentable (if that makes any sense).

"The summary is that the court has said that there’s a two-pronged test to determine whether a software of business method process patent is valid: (1) it is tied to a particular machine or apparatus, or (2) it transforms a particular article into a different state or thing. In other words, pure software or business method… Continue

Added by Ivan Pope on November 1, 2008 at 18:00 — 4 Comments

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