Ideas & Updates

Great things begin with an idea but epiphanies are rare. Insight usually follows open dialogue and active exploration of different views and ideas. Here we share some of our own thoughts and point to many of the forward-thinkers and resources we benefit from on a daily basis.

Sleep is Awesome!

Sleep is awesome. I love it and once I finally stop working, I have no trouble doing it. But I’m not exaggerating here…this “Sleep is Awesome!” infographic is pretty damn scary.

BestVendor Developer Toolkit Infographic

You’ll see, on reading through the sundry posts in these pages, that more time and effort is invested in promotion of ideas and innovation than on pitching people and products (except when we’re promoting ourselves, of course). We’ll make another exception for our friends over at BestVendor…

A Spirit of Entanglement

In these exciting, empowered times, with their democratized tools of creation and distribution, building and launching a new venture has never been easier. But the business and product development life-cycle begins with idea generation…

The Sweet Spot Between Product and Profit

James Allworth, a Harvard Business School Fellow, hones in on some choice tidbits from the Jobs bio in this post on the HBR Blog. In particular, he is struck by the idea that in later years Apple, or at least Steve Jobs, managed to transcend the infamous Innovators Dilemma…

The Oracle Speaks

Mary Meeker, the Kleiner Perkins vc, is viewed by some as something of an oracle for the tech business world. Every year she delivers her state of the industry, assembling various data and extracting compelling theses, many seemingly obvious yet some quite insightful and compelling…

Idea Theft is a Great Problem to Have

How many really great ideas have you had this year? I’m not referring to eloquent musings on the beauty or tragedy of life (those are important too, btw). I’m talking about truly compelling product and business ideas…

Fault Lines Under a Shaky Foundation

An excellent and timely post by Seth Godin lays bare a fundamental flaw of the U.S. educational system (and that of many other first world nations). It goes beyond the contentious debates regarding teachers unions and merit-based advancement…

NYC Techs X Funds = Startup Renaissance

Inductive Labs proudly operates out of New York City, the epicenter of the current technology start-up renaissance. New York City not only inspires innovation and fuels new business, but also gives us access to a deep pool of talented and highly productive individuals…

Resources & Links We Like
Startup & Founder Links

Steve Blank's Blog
An SV heavy (but NYC original) on 'early stage'
Paul Graham's Blog
In-depth, actionable treatise on the startup
Gabriel Weinberg’s Blog
Highly readable startup guidance…
Ben Horowitz's Blog
Read Ben (and the rest of the AH gang)
Power Tools
NYC Work Space
NextNY digital’s list of NYC coworking and office spaces
Steve Blank Tools Page
The desert island tools page
Web Startup Lean LaunchPad
A startup process walk-through
Stack Exchange for startup queries
Open tech company & investor database
Networking Links
Developers For Good
Doing good, with the fewest lines of code possible
NY Tech Meetup
The undisputed, epicenter of the NYC scene, forget advance sales and do the will-call line 30 mins early
NJ Tech Meetup
World-class presenters and great networking at Stevens Institute in Hoboken, NJ (which rocks)
Ultra Light Startups
Casual and constructive, bootstrap-focused an open pitch policy; food is served too
NYC Mobile Meetup
Mobile demos, panels and networking for technologists and business-ists, both
New York City Links
NY Convergence
So much local tech it takes tri-states to contain it
David B. Lerner’s Blog
Hard lessons from the director of Columbia University Venture Lab
Aviary founder, Michael Galpert’s blog
Notes and views from the epicenter
O'Reilly Radar
How data and open government are transforming NYC
VC Awakens in the City that Never Sleep
An early headsup on the current NY tech startup trend
Technology Development Links
Hyper-uber-mega-tech info source and hang-out
Inside views of tech, security, and open source software
Independent, bootstrapped, tech news aggregator
Android Central
Everything Android and mobile tech
iPhone and Apple news and views
Technology Business Links
Venture news from upstarts to biggies; good competition resource too
Jason Calacanis’s tasty mix of emerging tech and startup news
Influential tech and start-up (AOL-owned) blog
Social Media news and tech
Back of the Envelope
Jonathan Wegener’s straight-ahead take on technology and business/marketing strategy

Design Links
UX Mag
Deep dives into user experience
Smashing Magazine
A hugely valuable design reference
Six Revisions
Lots of practical, actionable design stuff
Web Design Practices
A quantitative look at design elements, practices, and patterns
Boxes & Arrows
The art and science of UI design; case studies, interviews and podcasts
Marketing Links
Hacking brands
Darren Herman’s Blog
Marketing, media & tech conversations
Original go-to source for all things online marketing
eMarketer Blog
Mounds of useful articles and resources
Mobile Marketer
The only mobile marketing news source you’ll ever need
(NY) Incubators, Accelerators
& Coworking Spaces
Regular programs and hackathons; co-organized by Columbia & NYU faculty
First Growth Venture Network
No-equity, early stage development program
Founder Labs
Pre-incubator (non-investment) program with a mobile focus
Entrepreneur’s Roundtable Accelerator
Fred Wilson among many great mentors
Smart team, diverse investors and impressive portfolio says it all
Watch & Listen
Eric Ries X Hackers & Founders
Anecdotes and insights beyond just lean startups
Jack Ma’s Talk at the Stanford China 2.0
Get your head out your red, white and blue!
This week in Startups: Dave McClure
Great intro to an uber-angel and incubator innovator
Aquire Jason C’s taste and follow this series…
This Week In Venture Capital: Matt Coffin
Great Q&A and career in review with a smart guy; check out other episodes too
Pivotal Labs Tech Talks
Extensive library of tech presentations from Agile to OptimiZation
Cool Folks Doing Cool Things
Donors Choose
Straight out of Harlem, educational funding nation-wide and direct to classrooms
Doing good… It’s a good thing
New devices…from Brooklyn, baby!
Fred Wilson Interviews Carlota Perez
Perez’s work directly influenced the Union Square Ventures investment thesis
Fred Wilson/Carlota Perez Talk
Mick Ebeling X TED
Mick Ebeling: The invention that unlocked a locked-in artist
Idea Instigators
The 99%
Life and work, more productive and positive
TED Blog
What more can be said, about TED?
A tapestry of ideas...patterns emerge over time
Business and the humanities through a global lens
Project Syndicate
Insights & ideas from forward thinkers
Economics & Market Links
Financial Visualizations
Market data, screening tools and more
All the market news that’s fit to click
Seeking Alpha
Great source for independent market views
Abnormal Returns
Information-rich investment blog
Infectious Greed
Paul Kedrosky on Finance & the Money Culture