Kurt Kohlstedt

Kurt Ko | Urbanist, Digital Nomad & De Facto CEO

Category: Entrepreneurship

Content Strategy Follow-Up: Summary, Tools, References & Resources

Thanks to everyone who attended Content Strategy for Non-Marketers, hosted by Google for Entrepreneurs and CoCo Minneapolis. This summary is designed as an event supplement for those wishing to follow up on specifics that were discussed. Please feel free to get in touch with me as well if you have any questions, critiques or suggestions! Note: none […]

Seattle Interactive Conference 2013: Super Apps vs the Open Web

The 2013 Seattle Interactive Conference featured independent viral sensations to seasoned Fortune 50 representatives and much in between. The messages were diverse, but at least one thread emerged to tie many of them together:  more people are spending more time outside the web-as-such and inside so-called ‘Super Apps’ – hub spaces like Google, Facebook and […]

Seattle Technology Week: TechStars Demo Day 2013 Wrap Report

BusinessInsider suggests we may be in another tech bubble, and while the eleven Demo Day presenters from Seattle TechStars were impressive, the valuations (and the level of fundraising already accomplished pre-demonstration) were also surprising. Each presentation was well-executed and all of the presenters show promise, but, at the same time, it was not clear which, […]

Efficient Frontiers: Will the Sharing Economy be Cooperative or Co-Opted?

What do 3D printing technologies, social lending platforms and co-working spaces have in common? It is tempting to answer that they are all part of the new sharing economy – a playground of possibilities including open source and peer-to-peer endeavors in a new creative commons. Yet if history repeats (or at least rhymes), the democratizing effects […]

Mapping the Missing Middle: Subjective Geography & Variable Scale

So you are visiting San Diego, but where should you stay? No, not: which hotel … but which neighborhood? And which other neighborhoods do you want to visit on your trip? At one extreme, we have global, national, regional and city maps that show us a static picture of bland geographical basics. At the other […]

Misplaced Mail: 5 Most Common Emails Sent to me as Editor in Chief

My editorial inbox would drive me insane were I not able to derive some humor from its contents. If you are looking to pitch your [insert concept, product, project, video or cat pictures here] to someone managing an online magazine, newspaper or blog, please consider these the best ways to be ignored and/or summarily deleted.

Best of Both Worlds: Bonds & Stocks vs. Work & Building a Business

There is no reason to either (a) be an employee and (b) be your own employer when (c) you can do both. While this is not always possible (particularly in high-powered, tech startup jobs that require 70-hour weeks) it is an option more often than many folks think. There is also the hybrid route of […]

Social Lending: The Long Tail of Crowd-Sourced Funding

The Long Tail (as both a book and a concept) has defined and described so much change in recent history, but some of its most fascinating phenomena are just now bearing fruit. The original paradigmatic champions of the long tail online – eBay, Amazon and so on – are slowly losing steam, becoming less user-friendly […]

The (Liberal) Art of Becoming an Entrepreneur

They do not teach you this in school – at least not most schools. There is no required high school course on entrepreneurship, nor any liberal arts major specifically designed for people who want to be their own boss. Sure, there are economics, business and other related degrees, but unless it runs in your blood […]