Happy Hour (TGIF)

Bright blue martiniHere are my 5 interesting reads of the week:

Social media plays role in Egypt some expected in Iran
Today, Hosni Mubarak stepped down as the president of Egypt, after nearly 3 weeks of anti-government protests. Michael Calderone, media blogger for Yahoo! News writes about social media’s role in the country’s democratic uprise. There’s a lot of background behind the “social media revolution” debate but I think he sums it up quite nicely when he says, “dictators are toppled by people, not media platforms.” (Disclosure: Calderone and I both work for Yahoo! News)

Cracking the scratch lottery code

A fascinating read on how a geological statistician figured out how to crack lottery scratchers and a peek into the lottery business.

What stops female founders?
Jessica Livingston, founding partner of seed stage venture firm, Y Combinator, gives her thoughts on what’s stopping women from founding their own companies. She also talks about what stopped her from starting a company when she was in her mid-20’s. Though Livingston is writing specifically about women, I think her insight would be helpful for any aspiring entrepreneur.

The 4-hour startup: marketing it
Loren Burton writes about how he capitalized on the Snowpocalypse 2011 through internet marketing and riding a trend… all in 4 hours (according to him). Not too shabby.

20 SXSW Interactive panels that journalists should attend
I’m really excited to be going to SXSW this year (third time) and I’m also looking forward to hearing more about social media, journalism and news. This is a long list of panels so I’ll be pruning down and listing out some of the panels I’d like to go to very soon.

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