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…

100x Web Development

In this day and age of social media, smartphones and on-demand services, web properties can perform faster and more efficiently than ever before. Your business can distribute information to millions of potential customers for cents. However, in order to make use of everything this new age has to offer,  you need a 100x plan for your web properties. A plan to make things spread and respond to increased demand across all your products and services.…

Become an Engine of Change

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 do…

Building a Community of Ambassadors to Reach a Million Users

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 with a grass roots movement and minimal marketing expenditures. You recruit the first…

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 …

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…

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?…

Network Effects vs Viral Growth?

Viral growth refers to dynamics built into your app usage that naturally foster an ever greater number of signups. This could be an increasing number of signups via referrals, greater traffic because of inclusion in Twitter lists that are in turn broadcasted in multiple channels, etc. Network effects on the other hand relate to competitive advantages gained by adding people or companies to your platform or service. A network effect of Android, for example, is…