All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible
Current Participant list (we have two rooms, room 1 upstair and room 2 in the ground level, as we have a very full party, i have assigned people to one of the two rooms so the restaurant can serve us dinner, we will then move from one room to the other)
UPDATE: WE HAVE MOVED THE DATE TO TUESDAY DEC 12 (same time, same place)
CGS dinners are back on Tuesday Dec 12 at 20:30 following the Web3.0 gathering next week. You can register on this post using the comments, I'll circulate the final attendee list + menu + logistic later. Seating will be restricted to 30 for room 1 and 30 for room 2 (counting with 20% no-show / overbooking, this allow for 75 people to register)...
Current Participant list (8 seats still available as of dec 8, and I'm working an getting us more space for the dinner using the two floors of the restaurant, which should allow for 60 people to attend... more new on this later here I have increased the seating capacity to 30 seats for room 1 and 30 seats for room 2 => WE STILL HAVE SPACE ;-) ) :
Jeff Clavier ; Marc Goldberg ; Rodrigo Sepulveda
Cedric Maloux + 1
Denis (from Jiwok)
Lucie Anne Radimsky
Leila X (from the WSJ)
Mayel de Borniol
Eric Plantier; Colette Ballou Lamotte ; Yves Michali
Interesting article in this week NY Magazine on how to manage burn-out or how, in a culture where work can be a religion, burnout is its crisis of faith! Very good reading and very relevant from an entrepreneur perspective on how not to burn yourself, or the people working with you...
In 1981, Maslach, now vice-provost at the University of California, Berkeley, famously co-developed a detailed survey, known as the Maslach Burnout Inventory, to measure the syndrome. Her theory is that any one of the following six problems can fry us to a crisp:
working too much;
working in an unjust environment;
working with little social support;
working with little agency or control;
working in the service of values we loathe;
working for insufficient reward (whether the currency is money, prestige, or positive feedback).
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of Maslach’s research is that burnout isn’t necessarily a result of overwork. It can be, certainly. Michael Leiter, a lovely Canadian fellow and frequent collaborator of Maslach’s, has elegantly called burnout a “crisis in self-efficacy,” which to me suggests that head-banging feeling of struggling mightily for too little or (worse) nothing in return. Ayala Pines, a researcher in Israel who’s looked at burnout in all sorts of inspired contexts (including marriage), rather heartbreakingly sums up the problem as “the failure of the existential quest”—that moment when we wake up one morning and realize that what we’re doing has appallingly little value.... ... And Farber often calls burnout “the gap between expectation and reward,”
=> Happiness equals reality divided by expectations !!!
Very relevant essay from Paul Graham adapted from one of his talk at the start-up school. The section on commitment is a must-read.
1. Release Early. 2. Keep Pumping Out Features. 3. Make Users Happy. 4. Fear the Right Things. 5. Commitment Is a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.
I now have enough experience with startups to be able to say what the most important quality is in a startup founder, and it's not what you might think. The most important quality in a startup founder is determination. Not intelligence-- determination….
…You can lose quite a lot in the brains department and it won't kill you. But lose even
bit in the commitment department, and that will kill you very rapidly.
…But if you lack commitment, chances are it will have been hurting you long before you actually quit. Everyone who deals with startups knows how important commitment is, so if they sense you're ambivalent, they won't give you much attention. If you lack commitment, you'll just find that for some mysterious reason good things happen to your competitors but not to you. If you lack commitment, it will seem to you that you're unlucky.
….Whereas if you're determined to stick around, people will pay attention to you, because odds are they'll have to deal with you later. You're a local, not just a tourist, so everyone has to come to terms with you.
….You can't fake this. The only way to convince everyone that you're ready to fight to the death is actually to be ready to.
….You have to be the right kind of determined, though. I carefully chose the word determined rather than stubborn, because stubbornness is a disastrous quality in a startup. You have to be determined, but flexible, like a running back. A successful running back doesn't just put his head down and try to run through people. He improvises: if someone appears in front of him, he runs around them; if someone tries to grab him, he spins out of their grip; he'll even run in the wrong direction briefly if that will help. The one thing he'll never do is stand still.
6. There Is Always Room. 7. Don't Get Your Hopes Up. 8. Speed, not Money
I'm exited to announced the next (yes it's now released 4.0) CGS (ClavierGoldbergSepulveda) dinner, that we will hosted in Paris on April 28, same rules of engagement as before (register here by posting a comment on this post). Seating is restricted to 30. I will circulated all logistics information (where, where, name of guest speaker, etc...) in a few days...
12 :: Kinnernet 2007 Tel Aviv - Israel
March 15 to 17 in Ohalo Manor, Kibbutz Kinneret, Jordan Valley. Followed by the Marker Conference in Tel Aviv March 18/19 and Mishkenot Shaananim Symposium in Jerusalem on March 20.
11 :: DLD 2007 DLD Conference
Munich January 21-23 2007.
DLD (Digital, Life, Design) is one of Europe's freshest conferences covering digital innovation, gaming, arts and science, bringing together thought leaders from Europe, the Middle-East, America and Asia
10 :: LE WEB 3 Paris
Dec 11/12 2006
I'll participate (with 1000 others ;-)) to was should be a great European tech gathering...
I'm also hosting a Dinner on Wed Dec 13 (register on my blog if you are interested)