What am I Missy

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What Am I Missy? Episode 26

China's great Firewall; Stoned Biz; Tips from Gruber

Innovation series by Meliza Solan Surdi
July 10, 2009 | Comments (7)
Short URL: http://vator.tv/n/955


What does “GFWed” stand for? It means the “The Great Firewall in China”. Yes, China this week put up a firewall to block its citizens from accessing sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The move, as you can imagine, caused a fury across the blogosphere! But come on China. It's "Social" media. We're not talking about "capitalist-pig, free-market" media. It's social!

See: China blocks Twitter, Facebook, most Web 2.0

Want some marijuana? Go to Twitter. Apparently, some California pot sellers are living the high life on the micro-blogging site. Artists Collective is the largest weed seller, which uses Twitter to promote its products. Co-founder Biz Stone was not available for a comment. Now it is legal to sell marijuana for medical purposes in California. So, California pot sellers appear to be abiding by the rules.  But the rules on promotion of such products on social media sites have yet to be written. Until then… brownie anyone? 

Siri’s CTO Tom Gruber gave us some tips on entrepreneurship recently. The first this was to stay away from bright shiny objects. Don’t work toward something, get bored and move on to the next thing. .. and no, I’m not talking about dating. The other tip was to design for buildability. Meaning design a product with the resources in mind. In other words, don’t bite off more than you can chew. 

See: Siri CTO Tom Gruber on Design for buildability

 


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Comments

Lorenzo Carver
Lorenzo Carver, on July 10, 2009

Great show Meliza! BTW, I noticed a slight bifurcation in your brand messaging (Newsroom v. Entrepreneurial Community – “The Trusted Source for Emerging Tech” v. “Voice of the Entrepreneur” taglines respectively). It may have been that way all along, but I just noticed the difference when viewing your show today.

I think it makes sense, but would love to hear more about Vator’s vision going forward. Maybe you should interview Bambi :)


Gary Silver
Gary Silver, on July 11, 2009

I guess it's OK for beer to tweet, but not so fast on the brownies?


Gary Silver
Gary Silver, on July 11, 2009

Maybe the beer and brownies need their own site, "TwitFaced"?


Lorenzo Carver
Lorenzo Carver, on July 11, 2009

That's funny :) I think you should use your familial connection to advance to the front of the line.


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Bambi Francisco Roizen, on July 11, 2009

OK. I guess I'll consider it. :-)


Lorenzo Carver
Lorenzo Carver, on July 11, 2009

:) Awesome.


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Kevin Rivers, on July 15, 2009

Hey Meliza,

Thank you for showing this to me. I'm wondering how will social sites like Facebook will be able to play into the demographics in China? Especially since the country has over 3 billion people?

I watched Siri CTO Tom Gruber sharing his insight for entrepreneurs and I must say that he is right on the money. I love it when you guys do entrepreneur interviews as it always gives me a better perspective on things. Keep it up! :D


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