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Passion is Overrated

10/10/2012

Don’t get me wrong, passion is the ignition of lots of projects. But in the end it’s hard (and expensive) to keep the flame burning.
Fall in love with the journey and get the most out of those special moments.
Reinvent your desires, set seasonal goals and pull hard.
Today, live for tomorrow. Keep positive, optimistic and… give your best shot!

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Web Trend for 2011 – human search engines

16/01/2011

Those who use Internet since the 90′s may remember the underground cyberpunk culture, the massification of IRC and the beginning of many search engines.
Ask Jeeves (now known as ask.com) appeared around 1997 and gained lots of buzz. The site encouraged users to search, by ask one question and the keywords were filtered by company personnel in order to present more relevant results, just like if you have a personal steward who gives you the answers to your enigmas and requests.
Despite its relative success, at the end of the decade, a startup called Google erased all that market competition.

find xIs interesting to note that more than 10 years later, new applications where questions are asked, grow every day just like mushrooms. Of course they are adapted to the present reality and use technologies and concepts that just weren’t there in the beginning of the Web, but the concept is quite similar. Supported through a social network based architecture, sites like Yahoo Answers, Formspring, Quora, the all Stack Exchange Network or Mahalo allow users to ask questions about particular subjects, usually categorized in different domains, and obtain results, answered and ranked by the community. This kind of services are being already outsourced (like qhub) and they can leverage some business opportunities based on third-party applications.
I also believe that there is much to explore in some non-technological fields such as arts (music, movies, etc.), sports, economics and economics. And of course all the niches within each of these areas.

Collective intelligence communities allow an effectively knowledge management when you live on an information society. The dissemination of electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets increased the group of information junkies. In urban places and big cities of modern countries, is now unthinkable for an individual not to be connected 24 hours a day.
While mathematical algorithms processed by computer, such as Google, are continuously being improved, I also believe there is alot to explore in areas such as artificial intelligence and semantic web. So for now, nothing better to get answers to my questions curated by humans.

Btw, ask me something on Quora.

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Redpill, staying in Wonderland

25/12/2010

Once again, it’s that time of the year when you look back and start to think about what you accomplished during the last 12 months.

The first thing that pops my mind is that I dind’t blog here at all, and become a twitter addict. Well, that is not enterely true, because I’ve done some writting to TheNextWeb Portugal.

Patrulha.TVIn August I’ve also started to opinate about some tecnological weekly news at Patrulha.TV with my fellow friend André Tavares. Doing for the first time a video podcast was a very good experience where we’ve learn a lot about communication, we met a lot of people, played with some gadgets, and above all, had a lot of fun. I think that video is finally starting to gain some dimension in the portuguese web environment where most of the urban kids an teenagers consume more webvideo content that watch tv. That said, the way content is produced and consumed began to change, and web platforms play a major row. At Patrulha we want to be a part of this and to push this revolution.

Another achievement was the completion of the Master in Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship.
tymrI’ve also released the event oriented social network tymr.com. During the last months this has been responsible by 95% of my time and were I spend all my strenghts and thinking.
I’ve traveled thousands of kms, stole hundreds of hours to my sleep, met dozens of people and made some of the thoughest decisions of my life but now it’s finally taking shape.
This SaaS is currently in a very active development and more features will be released soon. At the moment, everything is focused in turning it to a robust service.
Someday I’ll write a more detailed post dedicated to all this entrepeneurial experience, that still lasts and it’s only in its beginning.

I’ve attend some conferences and talks like Portugal Empreendedor, SWITCH Conference, TEDx O’Porto, Codebits and BarcampPT, among others, where I had the opportunity to meet inspirational individuals that I admire for a long time and mainly to enrich my ntework of personal contacts. During the next year I intend to be more active and keep on increasing my networking skills =)

I want to believe that 2010 was just a warmup year, and that in 2011 the game kicks off. I’m feeling willful and that’s why I’m taking again the Redpill.

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Why, How, What

10/05/2010

A refreshing presentation about business, markets and consumers.
I could write something about it, but I prefer to share the video and the link.


Simon Sinek How great leaders inspire action

just believe

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2010 with a Tin Foil Hat

27/12/2009

Tin Foil HatToday I realize that 2009 is ending!!! WoooW
I started to think about what happen this year that add some impact on me. Well, a lot of good things happened but the truth is that 2009 was a meh year.

I spent most of my time thinking and working on what may happen in 2010, so at the end of the year I feel like I’m awaking to reality!
I do have some great expectations to 2010 and today while sincroWEBing the Christmas stream I found this piece of art that express my feeling…

Scott Dunbar One Man Band Singing Tin Foil Hat

may 2010 be with you

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Codebits 2009

2/12/2009

The next days I will be at Codebits.
I’ve been there in 2007 and the experience of participating in a programming marathon contest was great!

This year the purpose is a bit different since I’m more interested in networking and observing some tech-trends and the competitions ideas (I’m still wandering about what projects should I apply or submit), but the expectations are higher than never.
Now let’s pack the stuff and get the ticket train with 20% discount (Sapo keeps to surprise me with this small sugar details)

PS.: I’ve just realised now that Codebits favicon is pretty the same than the one I choose for this blog.

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