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The Nanocorp Primer #4
Shamrocks and Nanocorps
Bridging the Digital Divide with 'Small is Good' Business Webs
Nanocorp Ideas and Resources at Sohodojo
We coined the word 'nanocorp' to represent the idea of convergence of 'worker' and 'business'. When you consider all the exhortations and prognostications of the 'Business Process Reengineering' gurus, it seemed pretty clear... one of the greatest simplifying assumptions that a business could make would be to 'get rid of employees' and turn everything into 'business-to-business' relations.
It was also apparent to us that the 'social contract' between employer and employee was a worthless myth in today's 'spreadsheet management' culture where you, the individual employee, are nothing but a 'tick' in some manager's latest spreadsheet model geared to making analysts and shareholders happy.
As we thought about it, it was clear that just 'thinking like a business' was not all that was needed. Running 'you as a company' is not simply a 'regular company' writ small. While the nanocorp is a unary business (the smallest firm... one person, one business), it is qualitatively different in terms of the strategies, tactics and 'weapons' needed to compete in the larger world of Business.
If a nanocorp is a qualitatively different form of 'business organization', it followed by our way of thinking that the ideas for strategies and the technologies we needed to compete would be qualitatively different than those of larger, conventional businesses. Only we nanocorps can see the world through our eyes. We won't get the products and services we need by sitting around waiting for Fat Cat corporate types to invent product and service offerings to shove down our throats.
That's why we started Sohodojo, the self-organizing, self-managing applied Research and Development Lab by, for and about nanocorps... the emerging group of Entrepreneurial Free Agents and owner/operators of Dejobbed Small Businesses.
You'll find all kinds of 'Small is Good' information here at Sohodojo, but here are some particularly relevant links:
Nanocorp-related Ideas and Resources on the Net
One of the things that makes Sohodojo different than other 'soloist' and 'one-person-business' sites on the net is our hard-core tech R&D agenda. We are pursuing our vision for a better workplace and better World through a combined technology and strategy agenda which you see being developed within our TechSIG and LegalSIG activities.
This software research and development agenda can be a bit 'deep weeds' for some folks. And the 'answers' we are pursuing are admittedly a bit medium- and long-term, so you may not find a lot of quick, simple, immediate answers to your basic business questions about starting and running a home-based or similar small business.
There are a number of excellent resources on the net and in print that address the 'me as a company' perspective. Here are some of our favorites:
In a Shamrocking world, nanocorps represent the convergence of 'employee' and 'business' coming together as the 'unary business'.