My daily readings 01/19/2011

    • Then he joined a company called Pixar and created a revolution in the entertainment industry by introducing computer animated films. Remember the movies: Toy Story, A bug’s life and many more? Pixar was later acquired by Disney and he is now the largest stockholder of Disney.
    • But what I have described so far is the work of A Creative Genius. So where is the emotional part? Steve recognizes that a technology is relevant to people as long as it satisfies their emotional needs. The keen understanding of the importance of design and the role of aesthetics is reflected in all his products. His ability to combine and recombine ideas, draw associations from his experiences in other fields (example: calligraphy class and Mac special fonts) and establish emotional connection with people have not only created great products but also created great markets for them.
    • For any person or organization interested in getting lessons in Presentation, Marketing, Creativity, Out of the Box Thinking or Emotional Intelligence skills, just click on the following link and get all five in one by watching his iPhone introduction video. You can bring a lot of efficiency by using this 90 minute video of the Master and reduce or eliminate other training programs. 
    • “问题不是苹果的运营和执行能力,”蒙斯特说,“从他们目前的表现来看,无疑可以完成任务。但是构思未知产品的灵感,他们却存在不足。”

        “真正的核心问题是,乔布斯的灵感无可替代。”他说。

    • You have to be very nimble and very open minded. Your success is going to be very dependent on how your adapt.
    • The author has not charged money for his app yet so while we know some users like the application, it doesn’t tell if they are willing to pay for it.

      But my real point is that it depends on the type of users you have. I sell my web apps to towns and city administrations and also to some small businesses. At first we had a few clients for free, their employees didn’t use the application much and we did get some feedback but not that much. The year after, we found clients (including one from our original free clients) who were willing to pay for the service (incomplete, buggy and all) and things changed a lot. These clients had much more users day to day using the system, they also provided much more frequent feedback.

      If your client is an organization, the importance something has for them is very often tied to how much of their budget they dedicated to that something.

  • tags: Startup

    • “You should charge From Day 1″

      …that meme is still doing the rounds today (Jan 2011).

      If you’re about to launch your web app let me tell you don’t do that!

      Lucky Mistake

      I made the lucky mistake with Pluggio of not charging from day one. Not because I didn’t want to – but because I didn’t have the payment stuff setup and I was too lazy to do it before launch.

      Lucky for me, instead, I made it very easy to signup for free and explained that I would be charging in a few months, but for now it’s 100% free. So signup! Play while you can! Get value out of it! (before it costs anything).

    • Better Product. More Money.

      Due to having so many people testing it out, the site was massively better than it could have been if I had a pay-wall from at the beginning. Subsequently Pluggio retention rates of paid users are thorugh the roof – with the average paid user sticking around for six to nine months.

      In my opinion, you won’t make real money on your product until it’s rounded out and bug free.

    • I would especially suggest not having any kind of Plans & Pricing page that committed to price points or plan limits. Yes have a plans and pricing page, but just say “coming in a few months, for now everything is 100% free”. If you put any kind of real plans and pricing it hurts you because it makes it way more likely for people not to test your product.
    • Disclaimer: As always there is no one truth, so if you have any counter (or supporting) examples please feel free to comment below.
    • If Samsung (for example) just made one phone a year, they’d lose market share because it would only be ‘the latest thing’ for a few weeks until someone else came out with an Android phone. Even if Samsung’s product life cycle comes in one-year intervals, the rest of the Android community is much faster, and carriers will be glad to push the latest new phone with the latest whiz-bang features.

      In order for Samsung to really compete, they would have to make a high-end, cutting-edge phone, comparable in build quality, features, and software to the iPhone. It would have to stand head and shoulders above the sea of mediocre Android handsets, and stay there for quite a while. It would need to be different enough from the rest that it was a clear winner, the Android phone to own this year. This would have to be said about the hardware and the software.

    • CEO Trip Adler says that the money will primarily be used to expand the team, which is current at around 45 employees. New hires will mostly come on the engineering side, with personnel also being added to Scribd’s business development and sales teams. Adler also says that Scribd has an agressive product roadmap for the next six to twelve months — a key piece of which will be mobile.
    • Scribd has been the leading service for social, online reading for quite a while now, but there’s an increasing amount of action in this space from Amazon (via its Kindle platform) and Google (via Google Books). Neither of these are particularly social yet, but Kindle recently started allowing users to ‘lend’ their books to friends for two weeks (which the Nook can do as well), and other social features are likely to follow eventually — a more robust Kindle community would make sense. Of course, Scribd’s corpus of content includes millions of user-uploaded documents, while Kindle and Google Books are mostly focused on published works.
    • You’re able to have multiple smartphone-sized apps displayed next to one another on the tablet screen and interact with them, creating a windows-like environment.
    • Better web browsing
      Business users often need to have multiple web pages open. Although you can do this with current tablets, it generally requires going to another page where the open pages are displayed in a stack to select the one you want to view. The browser in Android 3.0, which (not surprisingly) resembles Chrome, was demonstrated on the Motorola XOOM (which is likely to be the first Honeycomb-based tablet to hit the market). The new browser brings the type of tabbed browsing that we’re all familiar with from Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Chrome to the tablet. This should speed up web research for business users and make it easier to keep track of which web pages you have open.
    •   张亚勤:首先数学要好,要有很好的理论基础。第二点,编程要好,不仅要有好基础,还能自己写程序,要有执行力。第三个是要有好的态度,你的诚信和团队合作的能力。所以,要三好学生。还有三种人是坚决不能要的。
    •  张亚勤:首先一种人是这种双面人,爱玩政治的。

        主持人:这是微软最讨厌的。

        张亚勤:这是我们最讨厌的。第二种人是负面人,心态是很负面的。

        主持人:悲观的。

        张亚勤:天生就很悲观,这种悲观的情绪也是有传染性的。第三种就是玩世不恭的,对什么都不care,对好的技术,对公司的发展,对产业,什么都不care,属于感官相对比较麻痹的。

    •  张亚勤:做错了之后,要对事不对人,我总是在讲,我说要hard  on issues,easy  on 

        people。另外一点,你必须要允许大家去犯错误,特别是做科研,它本身有的时候没有对错的,它可能往往需要……

    •   张亚勤:我曾经讲过一个故事,巴菲特的故事。原来我在做手机的时候,我有一个习惯,见了别人之后就问您用什么手机,我见了巴菲特也不例外,我说沃伦,你用的是什么手机。他给我一看手机,很老的一个手机,那个手机没什么功能,只能打电话,我本来想象它可能是智能手机。这里头有日程表,有各种功能。我说你的日程表怎么办,你的电话也看不到。他就在口袋里拿了一个小黑本,薄薄的黑本,里面就是电话号码,然后一个星期就两三个会。所以说不是说忙就是一个好的事情,成功的人不一定是最忙的人,最重要是要掌控自己的生活,至少你可以做到,不能说你做的事情都是你喜欢的,至少可以控制到不做你不喜欢的事。
  • tags: learning tool

    • It’s Learning 现在的版本是3.3,是世界上领先的教学支持平台,拥有超过100万活跃用户,该平台可以用于支持学生与老师学习过程的各个方面。该平台结合了易用性以及支持高级应用的可能,并且适合个个年龄层次的教学活动。该平台拥有从小学开始包括中学、大学、说是一直到博士生阶段的用户。可见其应用的广泛性。

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