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  1. Designswarm thoughts » Blog Archive » FRSTEE: Making a business out of rapid prototyping

    Alex on the business of getting our FRSTEE Twitter snowman to market.

  2. A Story of GameLayers, Inc.

    Justin Hall’s lengthy account of starting, running and then closing his startup GameLayers. A good read. (via @jah)

  3. Pret A Manger, With New Fast-Food Ideas, Gains a Foothold in United States - NYTimes.com

    That Taco Bell article reminded me of this one about Pret A Manger from a month ago, about how they motivate their staff.

  4. Taco Bell and the Golden Age of Drive-Thru - BusinessWeek

    On the processes and efficiencies in fast food restaurant kitchens. I had no idea 70% of US fast-food business was drive-thrus. (via Tom Taylor)

  5. A Billion Dollars Isn’t Cool. You Know What’s Cool? Basic Human Decency (TechCrunch)

    Yes, good, read. Just because dotcom folks might be lovely, and their site may, on balance, be a good thing, they’re still a business trying to raise as much money as possible, not a charity trying to make the world a better place.

  6. The Technium: Corporate Long-term-ism

    “There is a strong anti-government attitude at loose in the world (not just in the US) that believes that government can only screw things up. And at the same time, a belief that corporations are the prime engines of all that is socially good.”

  7. Week 315 – Blog – BERG

    Epic week notes from Matt Webb on growing and nurturing BERG. It’s an honour to work just the other side of a door from these folks.

  8. LRB · James Meek · In the Sorting Office

    A long, interesting look at the problems facing the Royal Mail and how the privatised Dutch and German postal services are managing.

  9. A beginner’s guide to freelancing (Phil Gyford’s website)

    I’ve updated and expanded my lengthy guide to freelancing (originally written 2006). More stuff about limited companies, other tips, and mentions of Twitter.

  10. I will commit £23.32 per month to a citizen-run news service for Leeds… – Matt Edgar

    Interesting… trying to get a regular, quality, local, online news-site funded. Not by individual readers paying, or by one deep-pocketed entity paying, but something in between. (via gilest)

  11. Bootstrapped, Profitable, & Proud: Coudal - (37signals)

    Via Waxy who described it fine: “37signals profiles Coudal Partners, how they moved from client work to projects like Field Notes, Jewelboxing, and The Deck.”

  12. Why “#StartUpBritain” is nothing more than a government backed link farm

    Good stuff about the embarrassing content-free coupon-fest that is Start Up Britain. (via @cityofsound)

  13. Making Money | Small Business Advice from Jason Fried of Inc.com

    Anecdotes about making money, knowing what customers want, practicing, etc. from 37 Signals chap. (via Kottke)

  14. The REAL Death Of The Music Industry

    Some good graphs and stats about the US recorded music industry. I’m amazed at how few albums and singles per capita are bought, even at the industry’s peak (now: 1.25 albums, 3.7 singles, per year). (via Daring Fireball)

  15. Michael Mace on What’s Wrong With RIM

    Really good and clear description of why RIM could be in big trouble, despite currently good financial results. Ignoring the RIM/Blackberry specifics, well worth a read for general diffusion of innovation and R&D type stuff. (via Daring Fireball)

  16. You Can’t Innovate Like Apple — Pragmatic Marketing

    About how Apple designs products, but particularly for the bit about designing 10 very finished designs, and the brainstorm/production meetings. (via @paulpod)

  17. Core77 - The True Story of Automoblox

    From 2005, about the struggles to get a toy car product line manufactured in China. A good read. (via Kottke, a while ago)

  18. When Internet businesses don’t work out as planned… | Ask MetaFilter

    I’m fascinated (and horrified) by this kind of “Internet business” which… does nothing but SEO, “content generation”, ads, auctions… what’s it *for*?

  19. Scaling startups

    Chad Dickerson on how to grow while maintaining a startup culture. Hire well, IRC, deploy very frequently, experiment, love engineers, external transparency, embrace failure. (via Waxy)

  20. Niksilver.com » When board leaders fail to grasp technology

    On how company bosses treat IT as an expensive, unnecessary, incomprehensible thing. (via Dan Hon)

  21. Lessons learned from 13 failed software products « Successful Software

    I’ve only read the first two so far, and it’s interesting to see people reflecting on why projects they’ve invested time in eventually failed. (via Beyond the Beyond)

  22. Contract Templates, Sample Contracts, Legal Contracts Business : Contract Store

    Might be handy sometime. Off-the-shelf contracts for many things.

  23. Raph’s Website » GDC10: Justin Hall, Fate of a Social Games Company

    Notes on Justin’s talk of his experience of GameLayers. i’m also a sucker for tales of start-ups. (via Alice)

  24. Information is beautiful: The BBC-O-Gram | News | guardian.co.uk

    Useful to get an overview of where the BBC’s money gets spent. Cutting 6Music and Asian Network doesn’t save much compared to the total.

  25. FreelanceSwitch Hourly Rate Calculator

    Helps you work out how much you need to charge to cover your expenses and desired profit. Although that doesn’t necessarily bear much relation to the market. (via Haddock)

  26. Flat rate VAT « Online accounting software news from Xero

    Xero added support for the Flat Rate Scheme for VAT last month. I don’t use Xero, but this is another reason to try it.

  27. What Startups Are Really Like

    I love descriptions of start-ups and businesses like this. (via Daring Fireball)

  28. 100 years of Big Content fearing technology—in its own words - Ars Technica

    How companies have complained that new technologies will destroy content industries over the past century. Like when home taping killed music. Wasn’t that terrible. (via Kottke)

  29. Netflix Reviews | Glassdoor.com

    Comments from Netflix employees, a good counterpart to that impressive presentation about company culture that went round a few weeks ago. (via Haddock)

  30. Netflix - Reference Guide on our Freedom & Responsibility Culture

    Interesting readable presentation about Netflix’s culture. Although I haven’t worked in a company for years, I’m fascinated by this kind of thing. (via Kottke)

  31. Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule

    Seems so obvious now it’s been put into words. If I have a meeting in a morning or afternoon I know that half of the day will be a right-off for all other useful work. (via Daring Fireball)

  32. Simple online time tracking, timesheet and reporting software: Harvest

    I’ve never used any of these kinds of sites I post but they all sound interesting in a productivity porn kind of way. (via Haddock)

  33. Scottberkun.com » #50 - Advice for new managers: pt. 1

    A good couple of essays on being a manager. I find this stuff fascinating, although I’m not a manager.

  34. FreeAgent - Online accounting for freelancers and small businesses

    Another online thing for freelance types, this one for accounting. Lots of UK-specific stuff.

  35. Xero is the world’s easiest accounting system.

    And one more for good measure. (via Haddock)

  36. FreshBooks - Online Invoicing, Time Tracking and Expense Service

    Looks interesting, for possible future use. (via Haddock)

  37. Requirements for an invoice | Business Link

    Not thrilling, but useful and clearly presented, for UK businesses.

  38. Toggl - Time tracking - that works.

    Free thing for tracking time spent on different tasks. Hated being made to do this at one place I worked, but still might be handy for freelancing.

  39. Why Zappos Pays New Employees to Quit—And You Should Too - Harvard Business Online’s Bill Taylor

    Much linked-to article about an online shoe-selling firm and how it’s a great place to work. They offer new recruits $1000 to quit, in order to only keep people who are keen. (via Kottke)

  40. Blinksale | The easiest way to send invoices online

    Nice looking online invoice recording and sending app. I’m not busy enough to need it right now, but maybe one day… (via Ben Hammersley)

  41. Going Solo: Stowe Boyd - From The Far Side To The Dark Side: A Crash Course In Business Realities For Soloists. Strange Attractor: Picking out patterns in the chaos

    A guide to freelancing. A lot that bears no relation to my experience, but I think I’ve been lucky at making a go of it without much planning (so far). Still interesting and worth a read.

  42. The Personal MBA Manifesto: Mastering Business Through Self-Education (Recommended Business Books)

    First time I’ve thought “that looks awesome” about something MBA related. (via Cool Tools)

  43. Top Small Workplaces 2007 - WSJ.com

    Why fifteen small US companies are good places to work. (Haven’t got round to reading it yet though…) (via Kottke)

  44. Business lessons from the donut and coffee guy (kottke.org)

    A post from 2003 about a guy on a stand who lets customers make their own change.

  45. Company v Sole Trader > the tax comparison (£3,000 tax saving ?)

    Another comparison, with example figures for different levels of profit.

  46. Using a Company to Save Tax

    Very handy guide to the pros and cons of sole trader vs limited company. Better at explaining things than my accountant and well worth the cash.

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