Most articles about product management and startup strategy just rehash content that originated elsewhere or are about winning the lottery. Here’s some that I go back to often: Startup Metrics for Pirates by Dave McClure of 500 Startups is a classic because it quantifies successful product design (Another, medium format; a longer format. The One… Continue reading Product management articles
Getting things done isn’t enough
People who Get Things Done but are not Smart will do stupid things, seemingly without thinking about them, and somebody else will have to come clean up their mess later. This makes them net liabilities to the company because not only do they fail to contribute, but they soak up good people’s time. They are the kind of people who decide… Continue reading Getting things done isn’t enough
Developer team structures, and growth
Working with a dev team? Check out Scott Porad’s The Best Developer Team Structure blog post. Notes that I’ve also found to be true: Let people work on their passion WIP is deadly (I’ve begun to recognize it as a likely indicator of problems with the goals, design, or passion) 1 PM to 3-5 devs… Continue reading Developer team structures, and growth
Creating from sun and sand
The output is pretty raw, but this is an exciting first step. Markus Kayser – Solar Sinter Project from Markus Kayser on Vimeo.
Think anew, act anew, disenthrall ourselves
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves and then we shall save our country. Abe Lincoln, 1862 Via Sir… Continue reading Think anew, act anew, disenthrall ourselves
How to startup and how to market it when you do
Sorry, no analysis here; I’m bookmarking this stuff for later reference. Fred Wilson’s Harvard MBA class discussion of startup success. Jeffrey Bussgang’s writeup of the event. Fred Wilson’s instantly-famous diss on marketing and suggestions re alternative tactics. Fred’s follow up post. Counterpoint from SEOMoz. David Karp talks about creating Tumblr. (My whole post is a… Continue reading How to startup and how to market it when you do
Cat Le-Huy is free
Thanks to everyone who helped out, spread the word, dugg, petitioned, blogged, gave cash, etc. Cat’s free. More details here.
Save Internet radio
This is a PSA, of sorts: Internet radio is in trouble, and now is a good time to speak up.
To get involved, check out SaveNetRadio.org.
If you love good things like Pandora or even the somewhat lame Last.fm, you might be surprised to hear that on March 2, 2007, The Copyright Royalty Board announced that Internet radio stations’ royalty payments for streaming music will increase significantly between now and 2010.
Update: CNN Money recently posted a review of this situation, focusing on NPR’s involvement in petitioning the CRB to reconsider their decision.
Mashups are the EU of the Internet
Justin hasn’t allowed comments on his blog, as far as I can tell, so I’m stuck cluttering up my own blog posting responses to his ah, misguided analysis of mashups.
Six reasons why Justin needs to rethink Mashups (it’s okay, we’re brothers. Once you’ve taken a baseball bat to a guy’s head, mere words are but the ephemeral fluttering of so many butterfly wings):
Removing YouTube from the game
I spent the morning commute pondering Big Media’s on again off again plans to build a “YouTube Killer” website (there’s nothing quite like a found copy of Kant’s Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals to get you thinking about anything else). What strikes me as strange about the plan is that media is simply trying to replace YouTube with their own sponsored version of the same core offering. What the big media suits should really do is get their geek on, pronto.