Monthly Archives: March 2013

Features First, Polish Later

ArsTechnica had an article today showing some early iPhone prototypes that illustrate a point that is important for first time entrepreneurs to remember. Your early attempts at designing your product should focus on function, not form. I’ve included one of the photos here to show how Apple approached this with the first iPhone. If you… Read more »

The Misconception About Benevolent Dictators

We constantly hear about the advantages of benevolent dictators in the business realm. We hear about how the Bill Gates’ and Steve Jobs’ of the world create great companies by making all the decisions and creating great products. That’s a load of garbage. People like Bill and Steve weren’t benevolent dictators. At least no more… Read more »

Transforming the Ordinary

People think that to make something exceptional, you have to start with something exceptional. I found a video by Nick Bertke that proves that isn’t the case. Nick was traveling across Australia and recording footage and audio all along the way. He took some unusual, but mostly ordinary sounds from his recordings and stitched together… Read more »

Suitcase Startup – Overwhelming

It’s time to check in with Chris Bradley of Publicate halfway through his Suitcase Startup quest. This installment was a whirlwind. The major feeling I got from it was that Chris is overwhelmed at the enormity of everything he needs to do to build his startup in a very short time. That issue is exacerbated… Read more »

Increasing Productivity On Side Projects

I had a few minutes to take a quick break today, so I skimmed through some more of the ebook of Quora’s best answers of 2010-2012 that I talked about last week. The answer that jumped out at me this time was from Kah Keng Tay, who is an engineer at Quora. It was in… Read more »

Simplification With Feeling

Design is a passion of mine. There’s something about a product that is designed really well. Some people think that great design means stripping a product down as much as possible while still allowing it to work. I think that’s almost right, but not quite. I think the right balance is to strip something back… Read more »

Be Present

Our lives are very busy. We’re constantly trying to multitask in order to cram more into the limited time we have. I’m guilty of it as well. I’ll try to spend time with my kids, but check my email or answer a twitter message I received. Inevitably, I’ll knock over a drink and end up… Read more »

100% Indie, Samsung Gives Indie Developers More

Samsung’s partnership with Chillingo, 100% Indie, goes live today, as reported by Engadget. The partnership is a program that gives indie developers 100% of sales for the first six months, 90% for the next six, 80% for the second year and then the standard 70% after that. ┬áThat could be a great deal of extra… Read more »

Who Are Your Customers?

One of the most important questions in business has always been: “Who are your customers?” Thousands of years ago, that was pretty easy. You did business with them all personally. That has changed with time. As companies got larger and larger, they started to employ more and more people and the relationships became weaker. With… Read more »

Design, Design, Design

“Design, design, design” is the digital equivalent of the brick and mortar axiom “location, location, location.” In the brick and mortar world you get business opportunities by being in the right place at the right time. That’s what it takes to deliver something when someone needs it. In the digital world, it’s not about where… Read more »