“In the electronic, gadgetized age of e-mail, BlackBerrys and ever-more-sophisticated desktop software—all designed theoretically to manage digital information efficiently—we’ve become overwhelmed. That’s where the productivity industry comes in. The question is, however, whether this newfound emphasis on productivity is helping—or just making us crazier.”
“I can’t stress this enough, the thing separates Apple from others is that we have this very simple culture. Our company revolves around product and we focus on making the very best…We believe in giving people great value. Many companies put a computer out and its not what the customer really wants, so they have to add this and that (wireless, video camera). The customer winds up having to jump through many hoops before they finally get something that they think they want and it, unfortunately, doesn’t really work that well, then. We don’t do that.”
“The movie spares no detail in the satire of branding and graphic design, turning every logo, sign and poster into a dumbed-down, Web 2.0-ish, futuristic-looking style that may come sooner than 500 years from now…Idiocracy displays some of the best graphic humor to appear in a feature film. Here are some of my favorite screen-captured moments.”
“A new breed of worker, fueled by caffeine and using the tools of modern technology, is flourishing in the coffeehouses of San Francisco. Roaming from cafe to cafe and borrowing a name from the nomadic Arabs who wandered freely in the desert, they’ve come to be known as “bedouins.” San Francisco’s modern-day bedouins are typically armed with laptops and cell phones, paying for their office space and Internet access by buying coffee and muffins.”
“There are some similarities between the current ‘bubble’ and the last one that burst in 2000. Lots of incomplete and underexperienced teams, business models based more on eyeballs than cash flow, and a rash of incremental and ‘me too’ deals.”
“Users treat pages with superfluous images like obstacle courses: The images create barriers to content…If an article is about a signature meal at a restaurant, say a tuna dish, display a scrumptious-looking picture of the plate of food. Don’t show a generic picture of a spoon and fork, as many sites do.” [via JK]
“Ajax is enabling flashier, more convenient sites. It’s also contributing to Yahoo’s decline in page views, a yardstick long used for bragging rights and advertising sales. ‘These technologies have outgrown the metrics.’” [tx CSJ]
Tip 1: Just don’t settle. Especially with employees, it is very important to find great people you are compatible with. Tip 2: There is a benefit from being real experts. Experience pays off. Tip 3: Have a healthy disregard for the impossible. Stretch your goals. Tip 4: It is OK to solve a hard problem. Solving hard problems is where you will get the big leverage. Tip 5: Don’t pay attention to the VC Bandwagon. Don’t start a company just because you can, have a really good idea that is good regardless of the funding situation.
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