It’s Sunday – Social & Soulful

My two favorite blog posts of the week are from the opposite ends of life’s spectrum: “Startup Guy” and a “Spiritual MD”. The “themes” are very similar. Here are the highlights.

Helping, Fixing or Serving?
–by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, DailyGood, Apr 16, 2012

Helping, fixing and serving represent three different ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul.

How to Build a Billion Dollar Startup, –by Steve Blank, April 19, 2011

Q. “So how do we come up with an idea for the next billion dollar company?”

A.Is It a Problem or a Need?

I’ve now come to believe that the value proposition in a business model (value proposition is the fancy name for your product or service) fits into either one of two categories:

  • It solves a problem and gets a job done for a consumer or a company (accounting software, elevators, air-conditioning, electricity, tablet computers, electric toothbrushes, airplanes, email software, etc. )
  • Or it fulfills a fundamental human social need (friendship, dating, sex, entertainment, art, communication, blogs, confession, networking, gambling, religion, etc.)