Cyberspace In A Blog

One third blog about my (personal) journey as a solo entrepreneur, one third "entertainment" (various articles, quotes and random-ness from Cyberspace that is motivational, inspirational, humourous and fun) and one third anything to do with being your own boss (especially the role and use of social media in business)

Reality Check review by Rajesh Setty

I enjoyed reading Rajesh's article. Feel free to click the link above to have a read for yourself. Here's what I took away from it (and now am adding "Reality Check" to my wishlist)...

He asked the author a simple question:

Knowing what we know today, what will be your 5-point checklist for entrepreneurs to survive and thrive in 2009?

And here is Guy’s response:

1. Can you explain your product/service in under 30 seconds?
2. Can you market your product with no budget?
3. Can you get to market in six months or less?
4. Can you sell something besides advertising?
5. Can you avoid venture capital until you need money to scale, not create?

Date/Time Permalink: 03/20/06 03:48:43 am
Category: Geek Culture

Yes, it's come to this. The same people you raked on in high school now run the world and control every gizmo you own or want to own. And, as you hold your "normal" identity throughout your life, there are times when it may be advantageous to pose as a geek. Maybe to convince your first date that you have job prospects beyond "Walmart clerk". Maybe to slip in the door at Comdex. Perhaps even to escape being hacked to death by the evil-looking punks at the Internet cafe, the ones with the Tux penguin tattoos and the Mohawks who are eying your laptop. Hint: They don't like you because of the suit and tie; they HATE that!

Well, fear not, hopeless lamer, I, a certified geek, will give you a rundown of how to pass as a geek for brief moments. Understand, these tactics will in no way work over the long term, like, say, a marriage. But in quick social exchanges, or to bamboozle your cow-orker, these tricks should work sufficiently to help you fool the rest of us into thinking that you're one of us:

One of the chief attributes of geeks, and intellectuals in general, is attitude. No, attitude doesn't MAKE you a geek, but that's not the point of this article. The point here is to FAKE it. And to fake it, you have to feign interests and opinions, and then be smugly confident that your "choices" are superior to the mainstream's.

Scott Adams, creator of the "Dilbert" comic strip, has a chapter in one of his books about enhancing your aura at work by posing as a "prima-donna", which is very similar in tactics to this article. Here again, it's all about the pretended-to attitude.


I'm being totally tongue-in-cheek about the title of this blog post.... just thought it was good fun.

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