Archive for February 2014

Learning from Twitter to Make Medium

“If you’re starting a company and thinking about where your value comes from, it’s increasingly design.”

via Bridge » Learning from Twitter to Make Medium.

Cash Rules Everything, Making Money as a Developer

In the end, how you choose to make money from your apps is up to you, but the key lesson here is that if you want to generate more revenue, don’t force your customers to pay, make them want to pay.

via Cash Rules Everything Around Me: Making Money as a Developer | BlackBerry Developer Blog.

Do Keywords Still Matter?

Focusing excessively on keywords or otherwise attempting to persuade the Google algorithm to find your site more relevant based on verbal sleight-of-hand is neither helpful nor wise.

When you produce content, think about what your reader or viewer wants. If you actually educate them on a topic, answer their questions, and provide a meaningful experience, Google will recognize that and give you a boost.

via Semantic Search: Do Keywords Still Matter? Comic | Atlantic.Net.

How to learn Angular.js

Since I’ve been asked this a few times, figured I should enumerate it.

  1. Ignore angularjs.org site for now, it will just confuse you.
  2. Learn the fundamentals of what angular is trying to do. I found this YouTube video to be helpful.
  3. Do some sample projects to play with what it does. Some people like the ones on Lynda.com I know.
  4. Review the stuff at Egghead.io, nice bite size videos of sample tasks.
  5. Change between versions of Angular has been pretty drastic, so when reading answers, posts, blogs, samples, make sure you are looking at the latest because there is a lot of outdated information out there.
  6. If you are looking to get advanced in your build and deploy of angular projects.. Check out Yeoman.

Apple passing Microsoft

A symbolic moment, this: in Q4 2013 the number of computers* sold by Apple was larger than the number of Windows PC sold globally. If you add Windows Phone to the mix they’re more or less exactly equal.

This is a pretty good illustration of the scale of mobile: Apple limits itself only to the high end of the mobile market but still sells more units than the whole PC industry.

mobile is the next computing platform and it’s a lot bigger than PCs in unit sales, so even the smaller player can overtake the total PC business.

via Apple passing Microsoft — Benedict Evans.

Why Wall Street hates Apple

So I was at the gym the other day, some old guy going on about how he thought Verizon was a better investment than Apple because they can deliver something to the whole country and not a lot of companies are able to do that and if Apple had more than the one product they might be on to something.

I had to actually tell my brain to just stay quiet and go buy some more Apple stock.

VCs and Open Source EcoSystems

I don’t think that GitHub needs to experience a liquidity event. While we don’t know the valuation of GitHub, I do know that an acquisition doesn’t make any sense, and I’m increasingly of the opinion that an IPO doesn’t either. This is based primarily on subjective opinions that I’ve gleaned from being friends with so many GitHubbers over the years, and I don’t think an IPO is impossible, but unlikely. So why invest?
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So they bootstrap the ecosystem, and also give a multiplier on their future investments. They get insight and access at unprecedented levels into the future of Node, at the cost of something they can already afford to lose. We’ll see if I’m right in ten years.

via Is npm worth $2.6MM?.

What is Design Thinking?

  • Collaborative, especially with others having different and complimentary experience, to generate better work and form agreement

  • Abductive, inventing new options to find new and better solutions to new problems

  • Experimental, building prototypes and posing hypotheses, testing them, and iterating this activity to find what works and what doesn’t work to manage risk

  • Personal, considering the unique context of each problem and the people involved

  • Integrative, perceiving an entire system and its linkages

  • Interpretive, devising how to frame the problem and judge the possible solutions

via Noise Between Stations | What is Design Thinking?.

Two Bears, Revisited

The problem with lumping Samsung and Apple together… is that they face two markedly different challenges: saturation for Apple, and differentiation for Samsung. After all, only iPhones run iOS, while those “hungry challengers” run Android.

Indeed, over the last two weeks both Apple and Samsung have had worrisome earnings reports, but for very different reasons: namely, both bear arguments are coming true.

The market is clearly – and predictably – bifurcating between customers who care about differentiation and those who care about price

 

via Two Bears, Revisited | strat?chery by Ben Thompson.

Facebook Aims to Make Its Users’ Feeds Newsier

“Facebook is not the container for articles and content. It’s really just a pointer,” said Chris Cox, vice president for product at Facebook. “We’re not trying to get into the business of writing articles and creating content.”

But the company does want to guide users to content that will keep them coming back — and expose them to more of the advertising that has propelled the company’s revenue and stock price to record levels.

via With New App, Facebook Aims to Make Its Users’ Feeds Newsier – NYTimes.com.