Jan Kubr

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A book read: A Whole New Mind by Daniel H. Pink

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2008 at 23:16

I usually don’t skip pages. Usually.

In the beginning of this book Daniel explains the difference about the two hemispheres of our brains as scientists see them today. I know you know it, but you still can watch this video about Jill Bolte Taylor’s stroke; it will fill the gaps.

Then he explains how skills driven by the right hemisphere (design, story-telling, synthesis, empathy, play, and [deeper] meaning) will be more appreciated that those controlled by the left one since they can be easily automated or cheaply outsourced.

Is there anything surprising in this book? No. Is there any reason you should pick this book over Friedman’s The World Is Flat? No. Do I have the slightest idea why Seth Godin recommended this book? Hell no.

Fortunately I am reading a very interesting book now; stay tuned for the next review.

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Personal development education 2.0

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2008 at 15:52

I sort of stopped reading books about personal development. Now Coach TV is my self development education. Try to watch a few videos, you might like it.

Telfa in the final of the Startup Show contest!

In Uncategorized on October 12, 2008 at 13:59

Telfa (our telephone exchange / call center solution) is in the final of Startup Show! Startup Show is a contest being held as part of WebExpo, a Prague’s conference about web technologies.

I’m far from overestimating this thing, but being able to present the product to a room (hopefully not too empty one..) of web enthusiasts is better than.. well, not to do it.. Feedback is important and this is a way how to get it for free. Not to mention it is free advertising as well. Now imagine we even meet some new customers..

I just can’t find any cons here apart from the fact that we’ll need to work even harder on this the next week.. Pretty amazing stuff.

Amazon S3 prices even lower now

In Uncategorized on October 10, 2008 at 16:09

Current storage price (through Oct 31, 2008)
US: $0.150 per GB
EU: $0.180 per GB

New storage price (effective Nov 1, 2008)
US
$0.150 First 50 TB / month of storage used
$0.140 Next 50 TB / month of storage used
$0.130 Next 400 TB / month of storage used
$0.120 Storage used / month over 500 TB

EU
$0.180 First 50 TB / month of storage used
$0.170 Next 50 TB / month of storage used
$0.160 Next 400 TB / month of storage used
$0.150 Storage used / month over 500 TB

Does this mean even more people will stop “generating electricity” by themselves now?

I have become a startup co-founder

In Uncategorized on October 3, 2008 at 18:19

It’s been time. We are called Livispace and will be doing both consulting and our own products. The idea is the more successful we are going to be with the products, the less we can work for clients. The scheme is now 2/3 (products/clients), but it might change in a few months.

The idea is to have a “Living Virtual Space” of business applications that will integrate well with each other and will provide founders and employees of these companies to have more freedom. We are focusing on the Czech market, although we are going to have English versions of our products pretty soon after releasing the Czech versions (if not immediately).

Flempo has become a first member of the Livispace’s product suite, another one is coming up very soon. Telfa will be a virtual telephone exchange (VOIP PBX, a call center) which you’ll be able to set up in a day or two by simply going to a web page, sign up, and configure your number and dialplan.

Exciting times, keep fingers crossed.