Don’t Ignore the Social Challenges of Web Development

Our goal is to leverage what is already out in the field in terms of partners, but then hire in project management capability and a bit of technical capability. – Kevin Rollins It is easy to get excited about the new wave of technologies entering the market and the constant evolution of frameworks, hardware and technological ecosystems while at the same time forgetting about the single biggest bottleneck in web development: social challenges. Organizational structures,…

Content Fragmentation Follows Device Introduction

If we map out the evolution of the Internet by device introduction we find very interesting dynamics. For one, every major device introduction has been preceded by a revolution in content production. We saw it with web browsers, mail list servers, iPhones,  social networks, Bitcoin, the Internet of Things  and now with wearables. Every new device category that is successful in the marketplace brings with it a fragmentation in the content production unit of your…

Tim Cook Has Been a Great CEO And He’ll Prove it Today

Apple is largely expected to reveal an assortment of new products and services for its fans all around the globe. We’ll probably see new iPhones, get a hard date for OS X El Capitan and enjoy some meaty surprises. All and all, despite the Apple Watch fiasco, Tim Cooks has been a great CEO, here’s why. Nice Transition Cook was able to lead a post-Jobsian Apple into an era of shared leadership and utility-oriented computing.…

Probabilistic Analysis and Information Architecture

Web development is more than pixel crunching. To create high-traffic web properties you need to think like a mathematician. Yes, retention is important, and so is user-centered design; but probabilistic analysis is most certainly what differentiates great properties from average websites. To make your traffic go up, statistical analysis is still more powerful than design hacks. How to Tilt the Odds in Your Favor 1. Limit the number of options. Initially, it’s best to have…

Ethereum is the Most Important High Tech Development of 2015

Ethereum is a platform for building distributed applications that benefit from consensus. Think of voting applications, social networks, ownership journals, banks, cryptocurrencies, etc. Simply put, Atheneum’s reach is massive and we’ll see a lot of Ethereum related news in the coming months. Although the platform needs several years to mature, version 1.0 is already out and many can benefit from the functionality that is already there. About Ethereum Ethereum is a blockchain-based cryptocurrency that includes…

Become an Engine of Change

Innovate Focus on the change that you want to see in the world. Read every day about leadership, technology, finance or personal improvement; don’t waist your hours in nonsense. Because, if you use your time well, you can become an engine of change. You can be the connector that refers key people to world-changing entrepreneurs. Or the clever programmer that comes up with a faster algorithm that changes an entire industry. But, in order to…

Building a Community of Ambassadors to Reach a Million Users

Community building is a powerful strategy to make your next project grow exponentially. One should guard against preaching to young people success in the customary form as the main aim in life. The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work, pleasure in its result and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community. Albert Einstein Community building is key to reaching a high user base…

Analyzing SEC Filings

A great way to polish your business plan or predict the strategic intent of key players is analyzing SEC filings. 10K reports present a yearly review of a company’s performance while 10Q filings go over quarterly performance. By law, public US corporations are required to disclose material information in a constant and timely fashion, so these reports are always interesting to read and contain good insights. SEC Live is a free tool that lets you…

About Network Effects

So, your plan is to ship a series of features, have thousands install your app and hope for the best? I’m sorry, but you need a better plan, specifically something that doesn’t include the word “hope” in it. Network effects happen when your application is deliberately designed to support such effects. Network effects happen when a critical mass of users is constantly enriching your platform and, such enrichment can be monetized. Network effects translate into …

Dear Linux, Please Go Back to School

You have a big problem dear Linux. You’re not discoverable. And that’s holding back an entire industry. In fact, it’s holding back our entire planet. Dear Linux, I am sick and can’t take it anymore. The five most common problems of Linux are drivers, interoperability, talent, fragmentation and legal issues. However theres another elephant in the room. Linux lacks intelligence. Spotlight, Siri, Google and Google Now are offering a natural language layer that simplifies usage…

Clash of Giants: Apple vs Google

Google and Apple are chasing the same customers from seemingly orthogonal angles. Apple wants a design conscious, privacy guarding customer with a refined taste and a fat credit card. However, Google is content with just about everybody as long as they open up their lives to the borg. Free vs paid, open vs closed, client vs cloud, is there a clear winner? In the article, Google on Apple: The end is near, Mike Elgan argues…

Don’t Wait for Internationalization to Pursue the Hispanic Market

America is a multilingual country. With over 50 million Spanish-speaking citizens, and a wide presence in American culture it’s clear that America has a multilingual side. Now taught in most schools and present in American street names and culture, Spanish is becoming a new language for commerce all around the country. However, most businesses only translate their pages to Spanish when they seek to internationalize their operations. In this essay, I’ll explain the most fundamental…

The Startup War Chest

A war chest is a metaphor for any collection of tools or money intended to be used in a challenging or dangerous situation. Historically, it referred to the chest located in the homes or barracks of soldiers, in which the soldier kept arms and armor. In the modern era, it more often refers to a collection of funds (or less occasionally special tools or equipment) intended to allow a person or organization to get through…

No Innovation at WWDC 2015

Steve Jobs is dead and apparently so is the culture of innovation at Apple. Yesterday we experience one of the few WWDCs with absolutely no innovation and only incrementalism. Larry Ellison said it best when he referred to Apple’s future without Steve Jobs: Let’s go over some of the major announcements: Apple Music is the result of Beats acquisition and Apple’s new play in music  streaming to counter stagnating music downloads. This is a new…

Ship When You Can Get Traction

Never ship unless you can start getting traction right away. That should be your hard benchmark before putting something out. Shipping is a complicated process and shouldn’t be taken lightly. You need to invest in due diligence, MVP development and a myriad of administrative issues. Are your processes and maintenance procedures fully documented? Have you fully checked all your servers for updates, security patches, etc. Have you fully tested your system? Is the feedback superb?…