While there are a lot of traits that might be considered requirements for running a startup, there are two that came to mind as I made my way back from a rather interesting vacation; resiliency and the ability to laugh and smile. These two traits can get you through quite a number of situations; situations that you will no doubt run into running a startup and situations you sometimes run into when on vacation (at least my recent vacation).
So, today I had the distinct privilege of being a chaperone for my daughter’s second grade class as they set out for the Oregon Food Bank to volunteer. You see, May 8th is Mount Hood Climb Service Day at her school, where every student from Pre-K to grade 12 does community volunteering to honor the nine people killed when bad weather overcame their hiking party on Mount Hood in 1986.
Google just announced the launch of Google Places – which seems at first glance to be a renaming of their Local Business Center with some added features and benefits. That’s fine with me – simplification is always a good thing when involving some ancillary benefits, and I personally like the additional benefits Google is claiming.