Extremely varied reading this week to share. The funniest thing I read this week was the the Kickstarter project to raise funds for an Open Source Death Star – the key being open source to keep the costs down. it’s been widely reported and makes me chuckle everytime I see the headline.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/461687407/kickstarter-open-source-death-star?ref=live

This blog does have links this time, user error last time. Happy reading Vic.

I identify strongly with many of these 9 entrepreneurs comments. Interesting article on the NBR on Act’s proposed changes to employment law in NZ and a very cool blog on leadership characteristics:

http://www.evergreensearch.com/9-entrepreneurs-chime-in-on-daily-struggles/

https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130128162711-15077789-11-simple-concepts-to-become-a-better-leader?_mSplash=1

http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/act-wants-employment-laws-changed-after-boss-pays-10k-cv-faker-gb-p-135056?goback=.gde_4202444_member_209395810

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130125105449-107961-why-i-cheer-when-my-employees-leave?trk=mp-details-rc

http://www.ere.net/2013/02/05/saying-you-cant-find-talent-is-like-saying-you-cant-find-anything-to-watch-on-tv/

Since we just had the flood I am reading a lot about disaster and business continuity planning and liked the social media tie in here:

http://techsource.datacom.com.au/TechKnowledge/bid/169201/Social-Media-in-Government-Informing-and-Engaging-the-Public-During-Disasters-and-Other-Events

You’ve heard of Blue Wash and Red Wash, the register has coined the phrase Cloud Washing and makes a valid point; Shane found this cool we overview on defining your product; and I kinda liked the pretty pictures in this big data story:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/01/24/open_and_shut/

http://www.slideshare.net/mcurphey/product-definition#

http://infocus.emc.com/william_schmarzo/the-big-data-storymap/

Some other random stuff to accompany the Open Source Death Star article:

Not new and I actually came across this when reading about how to improve my sleep, but it provides a concise reminder on brand awareness http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223749

and about that lack of sleep http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225612

I do love the iPhone and periodic tables, great ideas http://mentalfloss.com/article/32289/11-pieces-fantastically-geeky-furniture