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6 Reasons To Have A Blogger On Your Startup Team

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Today I explained to a friend why it’s difficult to find great people to start companies with. Short story: I listed a number of qualities that are less obvious then the usual suspects (motivation, domain knowledge, grasp of matters). In my experience, these less obvious qualities are critical to a startup’s success (ideally, every founder should have all ;)) .

When I was done, I noticed how I had just described a typical blogger. Hit the jump for 6 superpower reasons why we should start founding companies with bloggers.

Disclaimer: The reasons not to hire bloggers will not be discussed in this article. I can not be held responsible for damages incurred by hiring bloggers.

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2010/02/22 at 5:13 pm

The Future Of Newspaper Publishers (Embrace The Working-Time Activity)

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[tweetmeme source=”jonashuckestein” only_single=false]Since some people have been complaining that this has become a nerd’s blog, I thought I’d also share something else I think about from time to time.

There seems to be a discussion going on about how newspapers can maintain their business model in the connected world we live in. They are suddenly competing in a global market in which the consumers spend little more than one minute reading news and expect that to be free. A couple of weeks ago Google Chief Economist Hal Varian held an interesting presentation at UC Berkeley. According to him, the decline in newspaper revenue is caused primarily because reading news has shifted from a leisure-time activity to a working-time activity. Thus, the goal must be to reinstate news as a leisure time activity. (Let’s call that the “iPad-approach”)

I disagree. The internet enabled news to become a working-time activity, but it is not responsible for the decline in leisure-time newspaper reading. In fact, according to Varian, the number of per capita newspaper subscriptions has seen a steady decline since the 50s that has only ever so slightly accelerated in the last couple of years.

So here’s a (difficult) question: How can newspaper publishers embrace their working-time-ness?

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2010/02/19 at 3:55 pm

WaveConnector for GWT: Local Testing and Turnkey Gadget Development

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[tweetmeme source=”jonashuckestein” only_single=false]Hello everybody, today I announce my first open source publication :D I’m excited so please leave comments and let me know what you think or if you run into problems :)

Introducing WaveConnector for GWT 0.0.1

WaveConnector allows you to develop Google Wave gadgets and to test them locally in hosted mode! Head over to the project site at Google Code for more info.

The turnkey archive that is provided on the project site has everything you need to get started! It already contains the little project I made for the tutorial last week, so you can just downloaded the waveconnector-gwt-turnkey archive and start from there. There is no need to download anything else. Hit the jump for a really short How-To that’ll get you going in no time.

And now… a screenshot of our WaveListGadgetGWT running inside a hosted mode browser!

WaveListGadgetGWT running in GWT hosted mode!

Update: Apparently the old gwt-gadgets gadget linker for GWT does not support power features such as code splitting and resource bundles. This is not acceptable. I am currently looking into whether its possible to use the xs linker instead. In that case the communication with the gadget js api would have to be reimplemented (or maybe taken from gwt-gadgets).


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2010/02/10 at 3:32 pm

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A Wave Gadget + Robot using GWT 2.0 and Google App Engine, Part 1

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[tweetmeme source=”jonashuckestein” only_single=false]I finally got around to playing with Google Wave (wave me: and decided to build my own extension. Things got somewhat complex, so I made this into a multi-part tutorial. We are going to develop a gadget for Google Wave (in case you don’t have an invite yet, drop me a line) using Google Web Toolkit and wire it up to a robot that lives on the App Engine cloud.

In this part, we are going to develop a simple collaborative gadget that lives on a wave. You should be familiar with Google Wave and have some experience in developing applications using Google Web Toolkit.

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2010/02/08 at 10:54 am

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An Editable Label for GWT with UiBinder and EventHandlers

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I just learned how to make custom widgets EventHandler-aware so that you can add EventHandlers to them. It turned out to be a little tricky so I thought I’d share that :) To make it more interesting, I’ll also make use of UiBinder and develop a particularly useful widget. The EditableLabel widget. It consists of a label, that becomes editable when clicked and can have attached ValueChangeHandlers (which a Label usually doesn’t have). For this tutorial I used GWT 2.0.

Click here to see a demo of the EditableLabel widget.
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2010/02/05 at 1:48 pm

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