Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.– Steve Jobs
Ceding the Crown →
The desire for the “Oh, how the mighty Apple has fallen” narrative is so strong that the narrative is simply being stated as fact, evidence to the contrary be damned. It’s reported as true simply because they want it to be true. They’re declaring “The King is dead; long live the King” not because the king has actually died or abdicated the throne, but because they’re bored with the king and want...
Growth, to reach more users, and data, to improve the experience. That’s what...– Google Sign-In Sounds Simple For Users, But Lacks The Personal Info And Distribution Developers Need | TechCrunch +1…
Music can make you win. Daily.
Pro tip: Music alone can have a strangely high quantity of positive impact on mood in certain situations. Don’t underestimate the simplicity of the human brain and the ease at which it can be manipulated for your benefit. I find that productivity increases as my mood improves. There are undoubtedly diminishing returns of this effect making efficacy of music for this purpose contingent upon your...
People always thought a founders’ vision was carved in a stone tablet. It’s just...– Steve Blank: “A founder’s vision is just an opinion stated passionately.”
Profitability: Apple vs. Amazon →
More funny Apple math: Amazon’s price-earnings ratio is currently a mind-boggling 3,275x. Apple’s is 10x. Traditional valuation metrics are obviously pointless for Amazon, but if you were to use Amazon’s PE for Apple, the stock would be trading at $144,618 per share, for a market cap of $136 trillion.
Since ideas are so cheap, why the hell do people get so attached to them?
Everyone loves a good challenge, so reframe your problems as challenges and live...– Random thought off the day
too much focus on growth prior to 1) product/market fit or 2) break-even...– Dave McClure, Twitter
Q. What distinguishes the top 1% of product... →
Not a new post, but one that I frequent. I agree with a lot of the stuff in this thread. If you do too, we should chat.
My most recent Kickstarter pledge - The R10... →
R10 is a quadrotor/micro air vehicle, radically designed from the ground up to be extremely easy to build, modify, and fly.
Friday night geekin' out on MixPanel
Your Laptop Might Be Killing Your Productivity
A friend of mine today told me he was selling his iPad. He’s an Android fan, so I asked “Picking up a Nexus 7?” He responds “No, I just don’t have a need for tablets.” I thought this was interesting, because just recently my iPad has killed most of my need for a laptop. Below is a story about how my iPad has reclaimed its spot in my heart. Laptops suck time ...
The wrong way to hack growth →
Steve Jobs on programming, craftsmanship,... →
On the importance of having good product people running the company: “When you have a market monopoly, the sales and marketing people end up running the company. The product people get run out of the company. Then the companies forget what it means to make great products. The [researchers] at Xerox PARC used to call the people who ran Xerox ‘toner heads.’ They just had no clue...
Stripe take 2
Sometimes constraints lead to creative solutions. Diving back into Stripe. Stay tuned.
First experience with payments startup Stripe
We began a 2 day spike on integrating Stripe with a new product we’re working on. The integration was a breeze and our engineers knocked it out in no time. The reporting interface that delivers results is sexy and informative. Unfortunately, the fun ended there when we began researching it’s international support. I had previously done some digging to see if Stripe did handle...
Objectify: A Better Way to Build Rails... →
Product design & technology are not separate...
Technology is the application of knowledge & tools to solve a problem. Product design is the practice of understanding a problem and producing the most efficient & effective product for the problem at hand. Complex problems require relatively complex solutions. The two disciplines, technology and product design, go hand in hand. In Henry Blodget’s latest article, And Here’s...
Two lenses on the Facebook Timeline change:... →
My Birthday post. One of the cool things about tech is that it’s value is often directly correlated to the way it is leveraged. One could argue that the best tech has a low variance between minimum and maximum yield with respect to work done by the user. Timeline, and many of the tools on Facebook do not satisfy that condition, but that’s why the Facebook development ecosystem is so...
Codekit just kind of blew my mind →
It’s like steroids for web developers.
Q: How do you take on the competitive console...
A: Build a media consumption device that outsells every PC manufacturer, develop a massive development community and support higher resolution than any TV on the market… and make it portable.
Facebook is not your website (no matter how much... →
A recent article I wrote on the BazaarVoice blog. Like any other technology, Facebook solves problems when used appropriately. When misused the results are unlikely to impress.
Facebook Messaging can revolutionize...
There have been various mentions in the blogosphere regarding the question “Is Facebook killing email?” Based on the stats we know that it isn’t… yet. However, after breaking down the problem email sets out to solve, we can see the potential of Facebook as a communication medium. In the web’s early years many of the constructs were web based interpretations of real...
Facebook Prioritizes Being ‘Blue Chip’ Before IPO →
Mashable Video, mashable.com Facebook is heading towards its much anticipated IPO, but before the company goes public, Zuckerberg is concerned with putting forth the best product possible. The Facebook CEO told The Wall Street Journal he’s focused on… Whether you agree or disagree with Facebook’s product direction, if more companies had CEOs obsessed with product quality,...
A Product Searching For A Customer by ZURB →
zurb.com Don’t spend years developing a product that doesn’t have a market. “I wish someone had given us that advice earlier,” says Cohen. “But maybe it’s one of those things you have to learn yourself. You have to feel the pain before you appreciate… This applies far too often.
Open a terminal window to the current directory in... →
Go2Shell shows that it’s the little things in life…
If You Had Invented Siri, You Would've Invented... →
parislemon: Well, we all knew this was coming. In a sit down with Forbes’ Eric Savitz, Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie talks about how Microsoft has actually been doing what Siri offers for the past year with Tellme technology on Windows Phone. He dismisses Siri’s buzz as basically just good marketing and people being “infatuated” with Apple. Sadly, the majority of...