by Alejandro Torres Frías

I’ve recently started to analyze a new business venture in the field of IT with a good friend of mine, and now partner, based in Silicon Valley.  The fact that he’s located in the US and I’m in Chile, makes this business opportunity viable considering that our operations would be ran from Chile and the US simultaneously and coordinately.  Given the fact I can currently work only part time on this project, because I have a job at a business I founded with other partners a few years ago, I don’t have a lot of extra time to invest in this project at this early stage.  My friend is in a similar situation, so we’re faced with having to develop this project on a part time, bi-hemisphere basis.  So, how are we supposed to develop a serious business effort thousands of miles away, with not a lot of time?  Thanks to some business know-how and wiki technology, very easily indeed.

It has been amazing to realize how in less than 3 hours, all of the the necessary business documentation was born and well on its way to a successful and complete development through only 4 documents hosted in Google Docs and Spreadsheets, the free most accessible wiki service around town.

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To get started with the business analysis, I was supposed to generate a couple of documents which would help us start this effort effectively and then send them to my partner.  A few years back, I would have instantly launched an Excel or Word document, but instead (more…)