I’ve gotten rid of the crappy look and feel of my old site (the blog remains as is for now) with the help of Sandvox, an elegant and relatively easy-to-use package from the folks who did the great Watson software. (Apple basically killed Watson by including its functionality in an earlier version of Mac OS X.)

Here’s my home page.

Sandvox needs a few enhancements. Among the drawbacks, putting bullets in text copy requires an odd cut-and-paste workaround. And tweaking templates should be much easier than it is at the moment.

It’s a nifty way to get a site up and running quickly, however. Recommended…

In order to vote in next month’s primary in Arizona, my new official residence, I have had to declare a party affiliation. What a travesty.

I’m independent, and have voted for people from both major parties and several minor ones. I do lean left on many issues, which tends to lead me to more Democrats — though the current Democratic Party is in many ways just a me-too version of the Republicans.

In any event, I registered as a Democrat in Arizona. As soon as the primary is finished I plan to remove that designation. In some future primary I’ll be a Republican, no doubt.

The candidates get to decide how to triangulate the voters. Why can’t we voters triangulate the candidates? Some system.

So the boxes are mostly unpacked, I have a new driver’s license and keys to the new office. About time to get back in the blogging saddle.

A new disclosure: I’ve invested in Seesmic, a Web video company that in my view has the potential to take conversational online video to a new level. The company’s founder, Loic LeMeur, is a friend and a top European Internet entrepreneur.

He has 10 rules for startup success, which I’m reprinting below:

  1. Don’t wait for a revolutionary idea. It will never happen. Just focus on a simple, exciting, empty space and execute as fast as possible
  2. Share your idea. The more you share, the more you get advice and the more you learn. Meet and talk to your competitors.
  3. Build a community. Use blogging and social software to make sure people hear about you.
  4. Listen to your community. Answer questions and build your product with their feedback.
  5. Gather a great team. Select those with very different skills from you. Look for people who are better than you.
  6. Be the first to recognise a problem. Everyone makes mistakes. Address the issue in public, learn about and correct it.
  7. Don’t spend time on market research. Launch test versions as early as possible. Keep improving the product in the open.
  8. Don’t obsess over spreadsheet business plans. They are not going to turn out as you predict, in any case.
  9. Don’t plan a big marketing effort. It’s much more important and powerful that your community loves the product.
  10. Don’t focus on getting rich. Focus on your users. Money is a consequence of success, not a goal.

Great stuff, and I hope my new students will take it to heart.