This time, it’s Zack, the boss geek at Collectibly. An avid trading card gamer himself since young, he has accumulated a huge collection of “Vs. System (Marvel & DC)” and “Magic The Gathering” cards. One of these days we are going to snap a photo of each card in his entire collection.
One thing I’ve come to fear a lot is the act of thinking too much. The tech startup world moves so quickly that if you’re doing nothing, you can consider yourself to be moving backwards. The one thing we need to constantly do is to keep moving forward.
Advice for Non-Technical Founders: Stop Learning To Code
I started off as a half ass-ed technical founder. I was decent at building static websites but all I’ve ever really built with Rails was a shopping cart with code I duplicated from a book. Within a few months of building Zestyl,
Starting Up: Inspiring Talk by Kevin Systrom and Mike of Instagram
I guess it’s no mere coincidence why Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger’s talk is really inspirational to me, particularly because they built v1 of their product without having any prior computer science degree.
Startup scene in Singapore growing. Proof is Angel's Gate.
Angel’s Gate has received lots of scathing remarks from the entrepreneurial community in Singapore and it doesn’t come as a much of a surprise to me judging by how much they try to play up the drama of the entrepreneurs’ sacred fund raising process.
We’ve found a name for our product but the process of naming a startup in this day and age is crazy tough especially if you are on the web. I’m not talking about a player scoring 40 points in one NBA game kind of tough. I’m talking about a player scoring 80 points in one game kind of tough. There are a few well known reasons for this and that includes the need to get the following (in order of importance):
Met a friend who’s been running a business for awhile. He looked at me and said, “Heard you’re doing a startup for the first time. Congratulations, but be warned that the first year will be all about self discovery.”
I have been asking around for why people use foursquare and it is becoming increasingly apparent that game mechanics involving points, badges and mayorship are not the features that keep people checking in.
We have seen the value of Likes from the S1 filing of Facebook just last week. Facebook has built a multibillion dollar business by understanding what their users say they like, but more importantly they have incorporated Verbs in order to add more context to their users’ status updates.
People have often advocated starting a new business during my own free time while I’m holding a full time job before jumping into it. Sure, it means stability and lower risks since I would probably be able to determine whether the business idea will work out.
Double standards of the old and crumbling media industry
'Unfortunately, some groups believe that speech or ideas that they disagree with should be silenced. This could not be more wrong. No matter the point of view, everyone has a right to be heard.” — MPAA
MPAA should stop being such a troll. Isn’t this what SOPA / PIPA was for? So big organizations can silence people but no one can silence the big organizations?
Hacking major sites like yours may not be the best course of action but it has certainly shown the double standards.
Full Statement from the MPAA:
"Our website and many others, including the Department of Justice, were attacked today and the hacker group Anonymous is claiming responsibility for the attacks. We are working with law enforcement authorities to identify those responsible.
Unfortunately, some groups believe that speech or ideas that they disagree with should be silenced. This could not be more wrong. No matter the point of view, everyone has a right to be heard.
The motion picture and television industry has always been a strong supporter of free speech. We strongly condemn any attempts to silence any groups or individuals.
The Internet is home to creativity, innovation and free speech. We want to keep it that way. Protecting copyrights and protecting free speech go hand in hand.”
Reflection is the first step for improvement. Without spending time to figure out what to learn and improve on, we fall into the danger of stagnation. This may come a little late but it must be done. Let’s take a look back at my 2011.
Always be prepared with 3 elevator pitch for your startup.
This was the lesson I learned just 2 days ago. For the past month, I’ve prepared myself with 2 elevator pitches, one structured to be generic and lasted at most 30s and the other structured to be more specific, with more detail on what the startup actually does and would last from 3 - 5 mins.
Microsoft’s announcement that plug ins will not be supported in the METRO version of IE10 can be important news, depending on whether or not you believe that METRO will be the UI of the future. The desktop view version of IE10 will continue to support Flash.
According to their research, 62% of video sites have some form of HTML5 fallback, however we can still be quite sure that a large percentage of sites still use Flash for myriad purposes. One of which is advertising and this will be greatly affected when browsers and devices continuously drops support for Flash, and is likely to happen in the near future judging from recent sentiments. Most advertisements are now done in Flash for the effects that can be created easily using Adobe’s Flash suite.
Nonetheless, it seems like the end of an era is nigh upon us. Web sites and content that load quickly and isn’t cumbersome should be the focus. The giants have spoken.
“The great thing about Steve is that he knows that great business comes from great product. First you have to get the product right, whether it’s the iPod or an animated movie,”—Peter Schneider, the former chairman of Disney’s studio.
Probably one of my most memorable gaming moments was when I stumbled upon The Butcher’s door and opened it. He roared in his thunderous voice (my speaker volume was quite loud), “AHHHHHH!!! FRESH MEAT!!!”.
My brothers and I jumped out of our seats and my Warrior was promptly slaughtered by the red fleshed beast. Horrific moment but hell… it was awesome.
For the last couple of apps I’ve made, I’ve been creating a sort of mind map to help me come up with the name. Finding a good name for an app is hard, but having a somewhat formal and repeatable process has made it much easier for me.
I say “sort of” mind map, because there aren’t really any…
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”— - Steve Jobs [Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]
Unproductive meetings as we know suck up the souls of productive beings. We should always make sure that if we held meetings, they should be meaningful and have a purpose for everyone present. Else, it is way better to drop notes to the other parties and have them read it.
No, we do not understand better by talking face to face with each other unless we want to know how each other is feeling about something, or there is something that needs to be shown.
Your job scope requires you to sit behind a huge monitor and bury yourself in code. That basically means you build things, in CODE. And what the code renders, is ART. Interactive art and possibly the most modern, most advanced art form.
As developers, we need to be very talkative about the project we are working on.