LearnQ&A with Techcrunch's MG Siegler

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writes on August 10, 2011

Last week, we asked for your questions to put to our Future of Web Apps London speakers. We’re going to publish a series of bite sized articles with a featured speaker each week starting with MG Siegler, a senior writer for technology blog, TechCrunch. He covers the web, mobile, social, big companies, small companies… pretty much everything. Here’s what MG had to say when we asked him a few of your questions:

The web is the most powerful creative platform in the known universe, in my opinion. There are so many applications for using it to further science, arts, research and much more yet the “be all and end all” of the web seems to be “social networking” (which generally equates to sharing media). 

Do you ever get disappointed that it is generally just used as an aid to business, or for online games? What would you like to see it used for? (@benjambles)

“I think the web is in the midst of a natural progression. Right now, the focus is largely on social networking, but eventually I suspect that will just be an underlying layer to everything done on the web. We’re also starting to see some of these social tools used for larger purposes — Twitter and Facebook as communication platforms in revolutions, for example — I think we’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg there.”

How should I proceed when I get an idea which I think it’s good and it could be a successful startup, but I’m alone as a web designer/front-end developer, no business experience and with no developer friends or connections?  (@pipozoft)

“I would suggest using the web to establish as many connections as you can with like-minded people. I’m not sure that advertising you’re looking for a co-founder is the best way to go about it, but perhaps you could talk a bit about the idea generally and see if anyone out there bites, and strikes you as a good match. 

Networking in real life is great for this too. You’d be surprised how many folks at tech events are in the same boat. Maybe you’ll connect with someone that can help you start with your idea.”
 
 
Do you think there is a connection between how much money you earn, compared to how happy you are in your job, and if so, how close a relationship do you feel this is? (@liamjay66)

“It depends on a few factors. Generally, I’d say that yes, being fairly compensated is important for happiness in a job. But if you’re doing a bootstrapped startup, you have to recognize that not making a lot of money is a part of a necessary sacrifice.  
Ultimately, you should worry less about the money and more about if you really love what you’re doing. If you do, you tend to do better work, and money tends to come as a result of that. That’s not always the case, obviously, but doing what you love can’t hurt.”

Big thanks to MG! Next week we’ll be putting your questions to Sam Stephenson, a programmer at 37signals.

Don’t forget, if you’d like to join us at FOWA London, we currently have a flash sale giving you a 10% discount on our 2 day conference passes. Simply visit the site, enter the promo code FLASH and book today.  

5 Responses to “Q&A with Techcrunch's MG Siegler”

  1. Some good points and a great answer for question 3.

  2. Some good points and a great answer for question 3.

  3. Some nice insights there. The social layer establishment period is definitely a different perspective. There are so many possibilities with the web.

  4. Next time could the interviews/q&a be video?  Please!

  5. Next time could the interviews/q&a be video?  Please!

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