Dropbox product design

There’s a great thread on Quora about why Dropbox is more popular than it’s competitors. The answers are not surprising but they are a great reminder of the product design essentials. Here’s a magic quote from a competitor who tried to beat them in the market: I ran into the CEO of Dropbox and asked… Continue reading Dropbox product design

Daddy’s little Dexter

Drawing with Win is always a serendipitous adventure. We work together like Warhol and Basquiat, with me coloring inside the lines and her deconstructing contemporary cultural icons. Here’s her latest work, and I think her best. I call it “Sheriff Lecter”: If you ask Win what her favorite color is, she’ll tell you purple. But… Continue reading Daddy’s little Dexter

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How to game KickStarter

KickStarter‘s cool but I feel like I see too many projects hit their funding numbers at the last minute of the pledge window. Call me a cynic, but after thinking about this on the train one morning, I devised this scheme for getting “free” money for your project. Start your project the old-fashioned way: gather… Continue reading How to game KickStarter

So sayeth Ms. Gags

I used to walk down the street like I was a fucking star. I want people to walk around delusional about how great they can be – and then to fight so hard for it every day that the lie becomes the truth. All that ever holds somebody back, I think, is fear. For a… Continue reading So sayeth Ms. Gags

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Stuff I’m reading – Sept 10

“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb Here’s stuff that tickled me brain this week: Andy Cranberry referenced this article as an argument for the prodmans’ continued existence. Contrast with Posterous founder’s article about the last thing a product needs is a… Continue reading Stuff I’m reading – Sept 10

Neurological definition of “flow”

From this Newsweek article (about halfway through): During improvisation, the highly trained music majors used their brains in a way the nonmusicians could not: they deactivated their right-temporoparietal junction. Normally, the r-TPJ reads incoming stimuli, sorting the stream for relevance. By turning that off, the musicians blocked out all distraction. They hit an extra gear… Continue reading Neurological definition of “flow”

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The secret to success is many inexpensive failures

This is a video of Frans Johansson’s presentation at the 99% Conference, titled “The Secret Truth About Executing Great Ideas”. I have his book, The Medici Effect, sitting on my nightstand, next in line. He makes some great points here about what I’d call disposable decisions, or “strong beliefs, loosely held.” Notes: Most successful innovators… Continue reading The secret to success is many inexpensive failures

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Less stuff, more relationships and experiences

This weekend I read 2 interesting articles from the NYTimes that relate to our vision for the new commercial community we’re building at OpenSky: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/business/08proto.html It’s too bad the good folks at Daily Grommet don’t know of anyone else in their space, given that OpenSky is creating a Daily Grommet in every niche, for every… Continue reading Less stuff, more relationships and experiences

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The $25,000 web page

Here’s how Yaro Starak, internet marketing royalty, sets the stage to collect $25,000 simply by talking to 5 people. I occasionally enjoy Yaro’s blog and email newsletter for their clear demonstrations of direct marketing tactics. Most recently, Yaro pitched his forthcoming “Elite Entrepreneur Coaching Program” on this page. When it works, he’ll collect $25,000 by… Continue reading The $25,000 web page