Showing posts with label Hank. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hank. Show all posts

Monday, April 25, 2011

Out and About

Hey folks -- I'm getting ready to head down to the RTP area for the annual CED Venture Conference.  This year it is in downtown Raleigh, instead of Pinehurst, and looks to be bigger and better than ever.

So, if anyone happens to be in the area on Wednesday or Thursday, send an email or skype me and we can definitely meet up for coffee and/or beer.

One other thing, Zack Mansfield, a good friend with Square Roots has a new blog that is off to a great start.  It looks like he is going to be doing some pretty interesting video interviews with entrepreneurs in the South East.  You should check it out and consider signing up.  Here's the link again.  Also, if you are an early stage start up, talk to Zack.  He knows everyone and the Square Roots program is the best price possible -- free. Click Here to Read More..

Monday, April 18, 2011

Someone Wrote a Book About Me!

(Well, maybe not a whole book, but at least a short chapter...)

Hey folks!  I know it has been a little while since I've posted anything.  I typically take a break over the winter holidays, but have really let it go for too long.  However, the good news is that I have built up a great big list of post ideas and topics that I'll be working on over the next few weeks.  So there should be a lot more to come...

In the meantime, I wanted to give you a quick heads up about a pretty cool thing.  You may have heard of Gary Vaynerchuk -- author of the New York Times bestseller "Crush It," wine expert and social media master.

He has a new book out called "The Thank You Economy."  Very loosely, it is about how, in today's world, businesses may actually be better off by leaving a little on the table, as opposed to extracting every last nickel.  The main thrust is that in our new normal, always-networked, social-graph driven world, things like a good business reputation, honesty and fair dealing will outlast a given transaction and live with you, potentially forever.  It is actually in your best business/financial interest to deal with people fairly or even favorably, as your reputation will live on in your social graph.

The book is a great read and I highly recommend you pick it up (here it is on amazon).  But what is perhaps the coolest thing for me is that Chapter 13 is called -- "Hank Heyming: A Brief Example of Well-Executed Culture and Intent."  For the newcomers, that's me, Hank Heyming.

I hardly know Gary Vee -- I only met him in person once, at his "secret wine party" during SXSW 2010 (at the Speakeasy) -- and I doubt he remembers me.  However, through some random chance and some intersections in our mutual social media networks, I got to be a part of his latest book.

The chapter focuses on some of the things I have been doing to help nurture the entrepreneurial ecosystem here in the South East.  It also touches on my belief that the last thing a startup needs to be doing is paying a lawyer for basic legal needs.

Here is a link to a SlideShare of the chapter (it is a photocopy so you will need to expand the viewer).  The chapter is only a few pages long and is a quick read -- you should definitely check it out and then go out and buy the whole book.  (For the record, I am only including the photocopy temporarily -- the publisher has promised to make my chapter the one available for free on the book's website, and when they do, I will redirect.)

Anyway, thanks for putting up with a little self promotion.  I'm actually planning to do a longer blog post later this week that will go into more detail on my thoughts on startups and legal fees. Click Here to Read More..

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Identity through Design

(Originally posted on youNEQ on 7/25/10)

This weekend, I watched "Helvetica" again.  If you haven't seen it before, it's a wonderful documentary about the history of the Helvetica font.  What makes it such a good re-watch is that, as it explores the history of Helvetica, it also manages to explore the entire history of post-war graphic design.  And during this exploration you encounter many of the great graphic design luminaries of the past 70 years.

What struck me this time in particular was the the notion that we express our identity through our design choices.

The last statement of the movie is by Rick Poynor, a noted thinker on cultural criticism and design theory. His final thought is roughly the following:
To care about [design] in the way that you care about the clothing you are wearing, as an expression of who you are, or your haircut ... or how you decorate your apartment ...  
We accept the idea of identity being expressed in that way, through these consumer choices, well now it’s happening in the sphere of visual communication and there’s no reason -- as the tools become ever more sophisticated -- why this just won’t go on developing and developing and developing.
I think that Mr. Poynor is exactly right and I also believe that there is no reason that this line of analysis is limited to graphic design.  People want everything in their life to speak to them and their personal identity -- including their belongings.  Belongings can also work as an expression of self and identity.  People should not simply be limited to making "consumer choices" when they choose how to express their identity.   This is one of the cornerstones of the youNEQ project.  We look forward to exploring it with you. 

-- Hank
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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Some Housekeeping

Hey folks,

Just a quick housekeeping post.  First, I wanted to give you a heads up on some great events coming up that I will be attending -- if you will be at any of these, shoot me a text or email and we can meet up.

The first is Digital East happening tomorrow, October 18th, in Tysons Corner.  My good friends at Network Solutions are one of the many sponsors.  The conference is sold out, so I've got high hopes for it.

Next is The Venture Forum's Top 25 of the Last 25 event on October 27 at Center Stage in Richmond, VA.  This event is going to highlight the top 25 central Virginia entrepreneurs from the last 25 years.   Should be a great event and a good opportunity to check out the new Center Stage complex.

Then, on November 17 and 18, I'll be at the Internet Summit 2010 in Raleigh.  This is co-hosted by my great friends at Southern Capitol Ventures (the hardest working VCs I know).  I went last year and it was a fantastic event.  Should be even better this year.

Last, don't forget SXSW.  It is still a few months away, but I'm already pretty excited for it.  I may have two companies ready to demo there and I've got my fingers crossed about doing a panel presentation.  See you there.

On the blogging front, I know I've been relatively quiet on this blog.  Recently, I have been focused on the youNEQ project as well as a different digital media project.  I have been blogging a bit on the youNEQ blog and will start cross-posting some of the generally applicable ones over here.  I am also working on some new posts for this blog too.

All my best,

Hank Click Here to Read More..

Monday, August 16, 2010

Please Vote for My SXSW Panels

Hi folks,

It is that time of the year when, under the guise of crowdsourcing panel ideas, SXSW gets us to mention them a lot and drive traffic to their site.  Be that as it may, I would still very much appreciate your vote for one or more of my panels...

You will have to create a quick account (takes 10 seconds) and then you can give me the green thumbs up (or if you are feeling testy, I suppose you could give me the red thumbs down).

My first panel is called:  Eleven Key Mistakes Every Startup Can Avoid.  It is actually not a panel, but a dual presentation that I am putting on together with my friend David Jones, a VC at Southern Capitol Ventures.  We are going to focus on what I like to call the "dumb" mistakes.  These are mistakes we see folks making over and over again that are really very easy not to make.  Also, some of these can be quite painful to fix -- so why not do it right from the beginning?  We are going to run through the 11 mistakes fairly quickly using real world examples and then throw it open to the audience to ask questions about starting up and the quest for VC.  Last year, I felt like there was a real void of and strong demand for a straightforward, nuts and bolts presentation on setting up your start-up to maximize your funding chances.  So this is my shot at providing it.  Here is the link again:  Eleven Key Mistakes Every Startup Can Avoid.

My second panel is a bit more technical and is focused on the music space.  It is called Spectrum Bias and Streaming Royalties.  We will focus on the basic fact that the FCC's current royalty system is unfairly biased against internet radio and in favor of FM radio (and to a lesser extent satellite radio). Royalty payments range drastically from zero to a huge number, based solely on the spectrum of the radio wave transmitting the song.  There are some key differences in how the various spectrums can monetize, but it is not clear that this makes up for the imbalance in royalty rates.  As an aside, I originally titled the panel: "Forget the Ocean, It's the Size of the Wave", but my SXSW reviewer thought that was a bit too risque...  My friend Joel Erb from SpotTrot will be on the panel among others.  Click here to vote for me:  Spectrum Bias and Streaming Royalties.

I should also mention two other panels that friends have proposed.  The first comes from my partner, Dave Meyers, and it focuses on the long and winding road to an IPO.  It is called Show Me the Money:  Doing the IPO Dance.  Dave is great on this subject and will have a lot of war stories and practical advice on the good and the bad that comes with attempting an IPO.  The second I have mentioned before, but bears mentioning again.  It is a panel on the legality (or lack thereof) of crowd funding a startup in the US.  It is being put on by Fred Bryant at Wealthforge and is called Crowd Funding Your Startup -- Without Going to Jail.

Thanks in advance for your support.  More substantive posts coming later this week!
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Sunday, July 25, 2010

New Project -- youNEQ

Hey folks,

I wanted to let you know that I am working on a new project that we are calling youNEQ (pronounced Unique).  It is an exploration of personal identity, interior design, custom goods and social discovery.

We have started to blog about it a bit and you can find that here.  I look forward to telling you more about what we are working on as we progress.

In the meantime, I will continue to post my thoughts about entrepreneurship, technology and capital raising here.

Wish me luck,

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