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This is the (provisional) home page for developing ''97 Things Every Enterpreneur Should Know''.
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This is the wiki for developing ''97 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Know'' which will be published as a book by O'Reilly & Associates.
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'''Note: Before the site is made public we will be moving it from a wiki to a much more polished presentation created by professional web designers - this wiki is only an interim solution.'''
 
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''97 Things'' is a book of wisdom collected from leading enterpreneurs: founders of startups, venture capitalists, etc. When we have a suitable number of things, we'll open it to the public for comment. When we've reached some still-undetermined magic number, we'll publish it as a book. Right now, 97 sounds good.
 
== What will come of all this? ==
== What will come of all this? ==
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O'Reilly will publish the contents of this wiki as a book which it will sell in bookstores and on-line. If your contribution is chosen any edits recommended by O'Reilly will be contributed back to the 97 Things web site for everyone to enjoy. Only contributions that meet certain requriments will be used in the book. They must be between 250 and 500 words long. The best size is 350 - 500 words. If they are shorter than 250 words O'Reilly might request that you expand them. If they are longer than 500 words O'Reilly will suggest edits to shorten the entry to 500 words. If the entries are not 250 - 500 words long they will not be included in the book, but they will be on the web site. Only works with a full bio will be used in the book. You must include a bio, contact information, and head shot. The contact information will not be in the book unless you want it to be - it will be used by O'Reilly to communicate with authors.
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O'Reilly will select the best 97 axioms from this private wiki to include in a paper book which be published later this year. The book will contain 97 Axioms from entrepreneurs and venture fund capitalists providing advice for entrepreneurs. There will be contributions from approximately 20 - 50 authors. Each author is expected to contribute an average of 2 axioms with a limit of 4 axioms per author.
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Each two page spread of the published book will contain the title of the axiom, a name and picture of the author and a explanation of the axiom. Each author will also be included in a biographical section in the back of the book where their full bio and contact information will be provide (if so desired). The explanation associated with each axiom should be between 350 and 500 words and should clearly explain the axiom presented. O'Reilly and series editor, Richard Monson-Haefel, will work with authors by providing guidance and editing as needed.
== Rules of Engagement ==
== Rules of Engagement ==
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* Contribution is by invitation only. You can nominate others for inclusion by adding them to the [[Nominations Page]]; please make sure to include an email address. We don't yet know whether there's one-to-one mapping between contributors and contributions, but for the time being, assume that each author may write one or more contributions. You can set yourself up with an account (just click [http://commons.oreilly.com/wiki/index.php?title=Special:Userlogin&returnto=Special:Userlogout create_account]) and begin writing your first contribution immediately (see [[Contribution 0]]).
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* Contribution is by invitation only. You can nominate others for inclusion by adding them to the [[Nomination Page]]; please make sure to include an email address.
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* Each contributor is asked to provide an axiom and a brief discussion. The axiom should only be a 2 to 10 words long if possible. In print, we want each axiom and discussion to fit on a two-page spread. Keep your discussion between 250 and 500 words. Discussions shorter than 250 words are fine, but only ones that are 250 or more are likely to make it into the final book.
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* You can set yourself up with an account (just click [http://commons.oreilly.com/wiki/index.php?title=Special:Userlogin&returnto=Special:Userlogout create_account]) and begin writing your first contribution immediately. See [[Axiom 0]] which provides a template for your entries.
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* I'm asking everyone to create an author page (Please create one). Content on your author pages certainly doesn't count towards your 500 words. We'll want (minimally) a bio and a head shot. Only contributions with associated bios (including head shot, and description of background) will be considered for contributions to the book. We may include the bios and head shots in the print version of the book. You may use an icon that's associated with you instead of a picture. Please keep your author page up to date.
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* Each contributor is asked to provide an axiom and a brief discussion. The axiom should only be a 2 to 10 words long if possible. In print, we want each axiom and discussion to fit on a two-page spread. Keep your discussion between 350 and 500 words.
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''For those of us who aren't regular mediawiki users, how is the head shot to be added?''
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* We are asking everyone to create an author page (Please create one). Content on your author pages certainly doesn't count towards your 350-500 words. We'll want (minimally) a bio and a head shot. Only contributions with associated bios (including head shot, and description of background) will be considered for contributions to the book. You may use an icon that's associated with you instead of a picture. Please keep your author page up to date.
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''For those of us who aren't regular mediawiki users, here how is the head shot to be added?''
To add a head shot, first use the "Upload file" under Toolbox (on the left side) to put the file on the server. Then use a tag like <nowiki>[[Image:filename.jpg]]</nowiki> in the bio.
To add a head shot, first use the "Upload file" under Toolbox (on the left side) to put the file on the server. Then use a tag like <nowiki>[[Image:filename.jpg]]</nowiki> in the bio.
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* Please also add your snail-mail address and email address to the [[Addresses]] page. This information will not be released when the site goes public. We need to keep track of it so that we can send you a comp copy of the print book when it's available, and in case O'Reilly's legal department decides we need to get explicit releases from all the contributors prior to publication. (Hmm. The latter can probably be handled with email.) If you still don't want to disclose your contact info (and I cannot promise that this site won't "leak" out to the rest of the world), please still add your name to [[Addresses]], and write "I'd prefer not to" or something like that. Then send me your contact info.
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* Please also add your snail-mail address and email address to the [[Addresses]] page. This information will not be released when the site goes public. We need to keep track of it so that we can send you a comp copy of the print book when it's available, and in case O'Reilly's legal department decides we need to get explicit releases from all the contributors prior to publication. If you still don't want to disclose your contact info (and I cannot promise that this site won't "leak" out to the rest of the world), please still add your name to [[Addresses]], and write "I'd prefer not to" or something like that. Then your contact info to mailto:mike@oreilly.com.
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* Please, no illustrations and no code. We want principles of software architecture, not detailed coding examples. 250 - 500 well-chosen words can say a lot more than a picture. Please keep contributions product- and technology-agnostic. For example, don't talk about using Java over C#; just talk about principles that are valid across software technologies.
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* Please, no illustrations or fancy styling. Just keep it plain text.
* Please edit your own contribution '''only'''.
* Please edit your own contribution '''only'''.
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* Please keep this URL private sharing it only with people you invite personally. Don't link to it, digg it, put it on your web pages, send it out to a mailing list, etc. First, it's only temporary. This book will not live within O'Reilly commons indefinitely. Second, we'd like to keep this under wraps until we have a decent block of material to release.
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* Please keep this URL private sharing it only with people you invite personally. Don't link to it, digg it, put it on your web pages, send it out to a mailing list, etc. First, it's only temporary. This book will not live within O'Reilly commons indefinitely.
* All works on this site are covered under the Creative Commons Attribution 3 license. You warrant that all work that you contribute to this site is your original work, except for material that is in the public domain or for which you have obtained permission.
* All works on this site are covered under the Creative Commons Attribution 3 license. You warrant that all work that you contribute to this site is your original work, except for material that is in the public domain or for which you have obtained permission.
== The Good Stuff ==
== The Good Stuff ==
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[[Contribution 21]] shows how we want you to structure contributions.
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[[Axiom]] shows how we want you to structure contributions. For a good idea of what an axiom is take a look at the article "[http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2006/03/entrepreneurial-proverbs.html Proverbs for Entrepreneurs]" The proverbs presented in that article represent good examples of axioms, however the explanations are too short.
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== Contributions ==
== Contributions ==
Please add your contributions here. Go into edit mode for this section to see how to add a new contribution.
Please add your contributions here. Go into edit mode for this section to see how to add a new contribution.
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'''Annotations:''' We are annotating contributions with either "'''Accepted'''" which means the axiom as its currently written has been accepted into the book (copy editing pending) or suggested edits. Any contribution that does not say '''Accepted''' will need more work in order to be included. We will try to be as explicit about what needs to done as possible. All contributions whether they are '''Accepted''' or not will be put on the web site when we go live on July 15th. In other words, '''Accepted''' means O'Reilly has chosen that contribution to be in the paper book; all contributions will be on the web site for everyone to enjoy whether they are '''Accepted''' or not.
 
[[Axiom 0]] ''axiom title'' by [[profile example]]
[[Axiom 0]] ''axiom title'' by [[profile example]]
[[Axiom 1]] ''put your title here'' by [[David Hornik]]
[[Axiom 1]] ''put your title here'' by [[David Hornik]]

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This is the wiki for developing 97 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Know which will be published as a book by O'Reilly & Associates.


Contents

What will come of all this?

O'Reilly will select the best 97 axioms from this private wiki to include in a paper book which be published later this year. The book will contain 97 Axioms from entrepreneurs and venture fund capitalists providing advice for entrepreneurs. There will be contributions from approximately 20 - 50 authors. Each author is expected to contribute an average of 2 axioms with a limit of 4 axioms per author.

Each two page spread of the published book will contain the title of the axiom, a name and picture of the author and a explanation of the axiom. Each author will also be included in a biographical section in the back of the book where their full bio and contact information will be provide (if so desired). The explanation associated with each axiom should be between 350 and 500 words and should clearly explain the axiom presented. O'Reilly and series editor, Richard Monson-Haefel, will work with authors by providing guidance and editing as needed.


Rules of Engagement

  • Contribution is by invitation only. You can nominate others for inclusion by adding them to the Nomination Page; please make sure to include an email address.
  • You can set yourself up with an account (just click create_account) and begin writing your first contribution immediately. See Axiom 0 which provides a template for your entries.
  • Each contributor is asked to provide an axiom and a brief discussion. The axiom should only be a 2 to 10 words long if possible. In print, we want each axiom and discussion to fit on a two-page spread. Keep your discussion between 350 and 500 words.
  • We are asking everyone to create an author page (Please create one). Content on your author pages certainly doesn't count towards your 350-500 words. We'll want (minimally) a bio and a head shot. Only contributions with associated bios (including head shot, and description of background) will be considered for contributions to the book. You may use an icon that's associated with you instead of a picture. Please keep your author page up to date.

For those of us who aren't regular mediawiki users, here how is the head shot to be added?

To add a head shot, first use the "Upload file" under Toolbox (on the left side) to put the file on the server. Then use a tag like [[Image:filename.jpg]] in the bio.

  • Please also add your snail-mail address and email address to the Addresses page. This information will not be released when the site goes public. We need to keep track of it so that we can send you a comp copy of the print book when it's available, and in case O'Reilly's legal department decides we need to get explicit releases from all the contributors prior to publication. If you still don't want to disclose your contact info (and I cannot promise that this site won't "leak" out to the rest of the world), please still add your name to Addresses, and write "I'd prefer not to" or something like that. Then your contact info to mailto:mike@oreilly.com.
  • Please, no illustrations or fancy styling. Just keep it plain text.
  • Please edit your own contribution only.
  • Please keep this URL private sharing it only with people you invite personally. Don't link to it, digg it, put it on your web pages, send it out to a mailing list, etc. First, it's only temporary. This book will not live within O'Reilly commons indefinitely.
  • All works on this site are covered under the Creative Commons Attribution 3 license. You warrant that all work that you contribute to this site is your original work, except for material that is in the public domain or for which you have obtained permission.

The Good Stuff

Axiom shows how we want you to structure contributions. For a good idea of what an axiom is take a look at the article "Proverbs for Entrepreneurs" The proverbs presented in that article represent good examples of axioms, however the explanations are too short.


We're looking forward to working with you.

Richard Monson-Haefel, Curl Inc.

Mike Loukides, Editor, O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Contributions

Please add your contributions here. Go into edit mode for this section to see how to add a new contribution.

Axiom 0 axiom title by profile example

Axiom 1 put your title here by David Hornik

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