Ruby is the Twitter of programming languages

August 19, 2011

Great quote on Ruby: Ruby is the Twitter of programming languages, capable of expressing its purpose with little dialogue. via 3 areas where MacRuby shines vs. Objective-C – The Ranger Station

The Rise Of JSON

May 23, 2011

An interesting perspective on why JSON has become so popular compared to XML from MIX Online: The Rise Of JSON: There is the simple fact that JSON is smaller as a payload than XML. And no doubt JSON is less verbose than XML.  But there’s much more to it than just size.  The crux has to […]

What startups should strive for

April 15, 2011

Spot on summary from Lance Walley of Chargify on what a startup should strive for: We want to delight customers by giving them a great experience, from releasing improvements to answering phone calls & support tickets. But I want to do even better. I want customers to say, “Whoa, that is sexy! I never even […]

Boulder Edition of StartupDigest

December 13, 2010

One of the primary reasons I moved to Boulder was the amazing community of startups here. So I was really surprised Boulder didn’t have an active edition of StartupDigest. StartupDigest is a free curated email of the best startup events, what you need to read, and jobs at top startups in 57 cities and 6 […]

82% of employees aren’t passionate about their work

November 28, 2010

This is sad: According to the 2009 Deloitte Shift Index, 82% of people who are firm employed aren’t passionate about their work. via Rypple

Matt Mullenweg on Shipping Your Product

November 27, 2010

WordPress founder and TechStars mentor Matt Mullenweg on shipping your product: Usage is like oxygen for ideas. You can never fully anticipate how an audience is going to react to something you’ve created until it’s out there. By shipping early and often you have the unique competitive advantage of hearing from real people what they […]

The Difference Between Winners and Losers

June 13, 2010

From Steve Blank‘s Four Steps to the Epiphany: The difference between winners and losers is simple. Products developed with senior management out in front of customers early and often – win. Products handed off to a sales and marketing organization that has only been tangentially involved in the new Product Development process lose. It’s that […]

Dangers Related to Upgrading Customers

February 1, 2010

…from a business perspective, account limits like Basecamp has for the number of active projects can be a double-edged sword. On one hand it’s an opportunity to upgrade customers and have them pay you more money each month. On the other hand, it forces customers to revise their position, and if you’re not doing a […]

Gently Introduce the Product

January 31, 2010

Respect your customers, but gently introduce them to a better product: Oskar’s didn’t just bring in its own selection of hand-crafted brews, though; the tap line includes draughts from competitors, such as Left Hand and New Belgium. “We’re all about promoting great beer in general,” Gray said. “Introducing craft beer to the consumer is so […]

It’s not the platform, but the creative idea

January 30, 2010

“Organisations will start this year to get less obsessed about what site they’re on and focus more on whether the content they’re producing or the interactivity, especially around customer service, is engaging.” (via The Post.ie)