(20)10 lessons in entrepreneurship. In light of the new year, tech start-up blog GigaOm has compiled an essential list of readings for those who might have "starting a business" at the top of their 2010 resolutions. Among those that made the list include "Myth: Entrepreneurship Will Make You Rich," an article by serial entrepreneur Eric Ries, and "Getting Comfortable With People Who Make You Uncomfortable" by Mike Speiser of Sutter Hill Ventures. "Mike addresses the need for people who challenge conventional wisdom and make everyone around them uncomfortable," the post adds, "which is why every company needs them."
Tablet fever in full force. Over the holidays, the most famous product that doesn't exist yet--the Apple tablet computer--got a name. MacRumors, a site that follows Apple obsessively, reported on Christmas Eve that the likely name for the new device is the iSlate. Wired begs to differ and says that the name might be iGuide. Either way, the Apple tablet, which is expected to be unveiled later this month, should be a big deal for the start-up app developers who have been making products for the company's iPhone. The Times predicts that the "Impact of 'iSlate' Could Rival iPhone."
The Ultimate iPhone Apps List. Thought the end of the year marked the end of all that journalistic list-making frenzy? Not quite yet. Behold, Mashable has organized its considerable cache of 700 plus app reviews (there are currently 100,000 apps available for download) by category, from business tools to social media. For those trying to make good on their resolutions, there's the top 30 iPhone apps for organization and productivity. If you're still suffering the after-effects of a long weekend, these apps might serve you better.
A start-up visa for foreign entrepreneurs. Heightened security from the failed airline bombing on Christmas day has tightened our borders recently, but a group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs is calling for a new law to encourage more foreign technology entrepreneurs to relocate to the United States. As the Guardian reports, a group of tech entrepreneurs and investors, including Brad Feld and Eric Ries, are petitioning Congress to modify the existing EB-5 Visa, to allow visas to be extended to foreign company founders or entrepreneurs who receive a minimum amount of private investment. As the group explains on their website, StartupVisa.com, "We want to make it easier for entrepreneurs to come to the U.S., start new businesses, and most importantly, create more jobs."
10 CES trends to watch. For those who can't make the shlep to this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, Advertising Age has the skinny on 10 trends that will reverberate beyond the boundaries of the show. Some of the trends such as connected cars, e-readers, and netbooks don't take a Nostradamus to predict though they will presumably be better and faster by enough to fulfill your technolust. Also look for an emphasis on 3-D TVs in the wake of Avatar's box office success.
When does blogging turn into free services? That's the question posed by Web Worker Daily, in an effort to address a nagging problem some professionals run into on the Web. As more business owners adopt a "free advice mentality" in posts to rake in followers on social networking platforms, the article says, the more likely it is for some users to take advantage and try to wring out as much valuable info as possible. The writer shares one example where she was happy to answer a follower's question about how to do something on Twitter, but that one query was followed by a series of new ones. "You need to decide where you draw your own lines in terms of what you will share and when you should start charging," the post advises. "And when someone crosses the line, you should call them on it without hesitation."
New year, new Twitter hires. There probably isn't a tech company in 2010 with higher expectations than Twitter. And, as TechCrunch reports, the company is continuing to put together an all-star team to try to live up to the hype. Among the most prominent recent hires, TechCrunch writes, is former YouTube and Google Corporate Counsel Bakari Brock. Twitter now has more than 150 full- and part-time employees.
How to make your website mobile-friendly. With smart phones dominating the mobile market, more and more companies are turning to the Web to broaden their relationships with customers on-the-go. Small Business Trends reports that although 46 percent of small business owners neglect to establish a "traditional" website, there are now nearly 57 million people in the United States who are using their mobile phones to access the Web, according to a Nielsen study. While Inc. offers suggestions for mobile marketing apps for businesses, check out Small Biz Trends's advice for different tactics on increasing the number of mobile visitors to a company's site, such as optimizing page load time from a smart phone, and containing information - such as directions or menus - that would be the most vital to someone viewing the site remotely.
JASON DEL REY was a senior reporter covering technology, branding, and company culture for Inc. magazine. Before joining Inc., his work appeared in Newsday, The (Newark) Star-Ledger, and the Staten Island Advance, and on ESPN.com. He lives in New Jersey. @DelRey