Monthly Archives: August 2011

Ten thousand ponies! or How to build a dashboard

So usually you identify One Key Metric to measure success. Or maybe more. And those metrics are probably the right ones for your product/service – pageviews, signups, app downloads, dollars, ponies. The thing is, when everything’s right and you’re growing … Continue reading

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Synaptics, the goodness of multitouch and trackpad size envy

You know, you’d think the Macbooks were the only laptops with gee-whiz multitouch gestures – they certainly get all the press. But there’s multitouch on those lookallthesamedontthey Windows laptops too. Synaptics, the company that makes trackpads more than plastic skating … Continue reading

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Idea, Product, Business

Your division starts off on a new project with a bang. And months later ends with a whimper. You shut the thing down, your folks are terribly frustrated but you don’t really know what went wrong. From my experience, here’s … Continue reading

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Among the most challenging advice I’ve received

… is this (at the very start of building a new product): Assume your product’s already been built. Now think about how you’re going to get adoption and usage among your audience. Too often you get so caught up in … Continue reading

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(Ir)relevant: (Mobile) Safari and Opera (Mini)

The tech staff and I just exchanged email about the updated list of browsers that MyToday and Phone.cc should support. Reading back, I noticed that for PC web, we essentially supported Firefox, Chrome and IE. We explicitly excluded Safari and … Continue reading

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Why more people are reading more lately

From a friend who recently purchased the iPad 2 (no previous iOS devices): When I considered purchasing the iPad, I was reading too little. Almost nothing in paper form (with good reason too). And nothing online, cos at work it … Continue reading

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Serendipity

I like dense walking cities like New York because they allow for serendipity. In Los Angeles serendipity is hard; you’re essentially teleporting from one place to another (slowly) in your car. There’s no deviation from the path, no unplanned, found … Continue reading

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