Monthly Archives: March 2013

It’s All About Trust

Trust is a very important thing in business. Without it, you can’t maintain a relationship with your customers. If your customers don’t trust you, they’ll just go elsewhere. It’s one thing to lose a customer based on price. Once they have enough money or believe the value in your product has returned, they’ll often come… Read more »

Are You Too Smart to Win?

We’ve all wondered how that stupid idea we saw years ago became a multimillion or multibillion dollar idea. Or how a startup populated by people with seemingly no business sense jumped to popularity. Is the problem that the world is just full of stupid people or that life isn’t fair? According to a guest post,… Read more »

Are Virtual Currency Regulations Changing?

Yesterday,  the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network(FinCEN), a bureau of the US Department of the Treasury, issued “interpretive guidance to clarify the applicability of the regulations implementing the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) to persons creating, obtaining, distributing, exchanging, accepting, or transmitting virtual currencies.” You can find the full text here. The fear about this guidance is… Read more »

The Beauty of Kickstarter

Kickstarter is very popular because of the tremendous success that it has achieved in helping companies to crowdfund their projects. As of March 17, 2013 they had raised $439 million for successful Kickstarter projects. Of the 90, 319 projects that had been launched on their site up to that date, 43.63% were successful.  While most… Read more »

Right Space, Right Time

The key to success is often being somewhere at just the right time. That takes a lot of luck, a lot of foresight or a little of both. In the case of Feedly, I think it was the latter.  According to Feedly’s blog, they picked up over 500,000 Google Reader users in 48 hours, due… Read more »

US Patents Now First to File

As I was reminded by Wired.com, the “Leahy-Smith America Invents Act” took effect today. Gone are the days of being able to invent something and relying on lab journals or other documentation as prior art.  If someone files a patent application on your invention before you, they get the patent, even if they weren’t the… Read more »

Chasing the Albino Deer

After I dropped my kids off at preschool today, the road I usually take home was blocked for some serious tree cutting. So, I was left with a choice. Should I take the most direct route home or a slightly more roundabout way that would take me through some neighborhoods that I had never seen… Read more »

Twitter Bots: A Programming/API Learning Exercise

If you’re on Twitter and have a Wolfram Alpha style question, such as “What is the distance between Los Angeles and Lisbon?” or “How much rainfall does Honolulu get?” then the Dear Assistant Twitter bot is what you’re looking for. The Next Web alerted me to this cool little bot, but more importantly, they alerted… Read more »

Google Reader is Dead, Long Live RSS

I’ll be the first to admit that I was a bit upset today when I heard that Google was closing down Google Reader along with a few of their other services. Reader is really the only one of those services that I care about though.  While I’ve seen a lot of people blogging about how… Read more »

There’s No Third Chance

Some people say that there’s no second chance to make a first impression. According to a study commissioned by Compuware, when it comes to buggy apps, you might get a second chance, but it will also be your last chance. Period. In the study, they found that only 16% of people would try a buggy app… Read more »