People and Blogs I Get Inspiration From

Dave Winer ( tune into Dave’s thoughts everyday. This can be challenging at times since our politics are so far apart. When a cross-post to Huffington Posts hits I often want to hit the unsubscribe button on my RSS reader.

I don’t because that would only make me dumb.

I most admire his simplicity. His writing style, his projects, and his thoughts are always a quest for simple clarity and elegance. I frequently point our engineers to his blog posts for guidance.

Favorite Winer ideas: Outliners, Rebooting the News, Editorial tools, Future-safe archives, 2, 3.

Jason Fried ( has always been a virtual mentor to me. His company is a super successful Micro-ISV.

I admire his demonstration of scale using the magic of keeping it simple. I guess I like simple, huh? I also like the fact that he writes all his own Web copy.

Favorite Fried ideas: UI design and feature minimalism

Matt Mullenweg ( could you not pay attention to Matt? His platform and software jujitsu literally seems to power the Internet.

Favorite Mullenweg ideas: Community building, How he works/managing a virtual company

Chris Brogan ( is another one that I tune into daily. There are lots of things to like about Chris, but mostly he is just a genuine, nice guy (I have met him in person a couple of times).

I most admire Chris’ way of asking questions and generating open thinking. His power as a community leader is impressive. This is what draws me to read him for inspiration. I often get more value from the discussion he generates than his own daily post(s).

Favorite Brogan ideas: Trust Agents, Fish Where the Fish Are, Giving Ideas Handles (I am specifically working on getting better at this)

Joel Spolsky ( is someone I first plugged into via his book (Joel on Software), not his blog. Although, his blog preceded the book by about four years. I subscribed to his software management philosophy long before I bought his software, Fogbugz.

We have used it at Kaleidico from day one.

Favorite Spolsky ideas: How to write specs, Paper prototyping, UI Designing, 2

Interestingly enough there are no sales gurus here. Why? Simple, few sales gurus are as successful as these guys. Sales is only one facet of a much larger business success strategy.

The point is when you are looking for business ideas and inspiration look for examples, not advice. Each of these people have common trend to their core philosophies–an intense focused on people (users).

Who inspires you? Who do you follow daily?

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Who Inspires You?

I have been running hard this week. Early wake-ups and late shut-downs. Running out of gas…

So, I popped open my RSS feedreader looking for inspiration (I suppose).

And, I found it in Chris Brogan’s “Inspiration and Origins“:

My big point: none of us are originals. It’s okay. And I’ve DEFINITELY done it myself, where I’ve thought something WAS my thought, only to find out that I was synthesizing something I read a few days back, or a conversation I had (Did that famously badly once, to a friend I love, and had to rescind). But if you KNOW you’re going to riff off someone, give a little link love and be done with it. Fair?

This is who inspires me:

  • Dave Winer: I hate his politics. I often hate the way he treats past or non-friends. But, he has an amazing genius to him. I read every word. I love his pictures on Flickr. He seeds thought and software. He gets user-first design. I wish I knew him better.
  • Stowe Boyd: I love his brevity. Master of 140 character poetry.
  • Seth Godin: A storyteller. Creates simple, short stories that if absorbed yield big results.
  • Joel Spolsky: Hero of the ISV (Independent Software Vendor). Master of effective software development methodology.
  • Twitter: I find more who inspire me everyday.

Who inspires you?

In Case Anyone Wants to Know Kaleidico’s Strategy

From one of the smartest guys in the software business, Joel Spolsky:

I’ve never learned as much about business strategy as I did from the simple infantry concept called fire and motion (it’s also sometimes referred to as fire and movement).

Here is how it works. You fire at the enemy. That’s the fire part. And you move forward at the same time. That’s the motion. Get it?

You’re firing because then your enemy has to take cover. He can’t fire back at you when he’s cowering behind a wall. But firing is not enough. You also have to move forward, or you won’t make any progress. Moving forward brings you closer to the enemy. And closer enemies are easier to hit. You need both — fire and motion — to accomplish anything. Almost every military tactic, whether it’s employed on air, sea, or land, is a variation on this fundamental pattern. Successful business strategies are based on fire and motion, too.

(Source: “Fire and Motion,”, April 2008)

I was in the military too. Competitors, feeling any fire? We’re moving!