Archive for the ‘Lazy-Messy-Backwards’ Category
Randy, as he often does, sent me some articles recently…this time related to the speculated arrival of an Apple tablet computing device.
We have some big plans for Cheezburger in the coming year, and there’s a lesson to be learned from these articles, in particular one from Daring Fireball:
I have a thousand questions about The Tablet’s design…but there’s one question at the top of the list, the answer to which is the key to answering every other question. That question is this: If you already have an iPhone and a MacBook; why would you want this?
Today I’m at Web 2.0 Expo NYC participating in the Lean Startup Workshop by Eric Ries. Eric is an articulate voice for those of us in the web development world who have been innovating to find new ways to build web sites effectively and efficiently.
I really appreciate the work he’s been doing to get the message out. We were talking before his presentation and he told me that he hasn’t been home since October 1st!
Literally, I’m typing this as he’s taking questions from the audience. Here’s a few key highlights from the talk: Read the rest of this entry »
A lesson about business that Seth Godin learned by riding a bicycle: your best opportunity to improve your cycling performance is while riding uphill. In other words, your speed has limits when you’re riding downhill, so extra effort doesn’t make that much of a difference. But, when riding uphill your extra effort really counts.
Let me show you how this lesson applies to web development. To do so, let’s ride our bicycle up and down the Hill of Traffic. What you see below is a chart representing traffic on a web site over a period of time. On side A, you see that traffic is going up, and on side B it is going down.
In Launching: The Only Thing That Matters, I made the point that your startup couldn’t realize the value they were creating without putting the product in front of customers. In other words, if you don’t start the race, you can’t win.
Want to Get More Done? Here’s How: Do Less! illustrated how by focusing on one project at at time a team can deliver results more quickly while providing the business greater flexibility and eliminating waste.
I spoke recently as part of the StartPad Countdown Lecture Series on The Lazy-Messy-Backwards Way of Starting Up.
After having been a part of several startups, we’ve done things a little differently at I Can Has Cheezburger? The talk discusses our approach to technology and the business, how careful allocation of resources are the most important thing for a startup, and how acting counter-intuitively can lead to success.