My daily readings 09/28/2009

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    • In a fast-growing company, there’s a constant need for brainpower in varying parts of the business at different times. So Vinnie and I tend to pinch-hit in areas where we feel that we’re weakest. Since we’re constantly focusing on different areas of the business, every day is different.
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    • Though iPhone’s Safari browser is able to render any website just like you would see it on a desktop browser, the available screen area is much smaller than in common “classic” displays. This poses a new challenge for designers and developers who now can reach millions of users that use mobile Web. Websites that are specifically optimized for the iPhone utilize the screen to the fullest extent, and use less bandwidth (which is necessary, because the connectivity is not always optimal).
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    • multiple connections but avoiding “double dongles”) which would enable users to connect a variety of devices into a single Light Peak port, while slightly longer-term plans will mean Light Peak obviates the need for almost every type of connector you use today. Translation: Apple products in the near future could come equipped with only a Light Peak port (or ports) to handle your networking, display driving, and general connectivity.
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    • Then, out of nowhere, Greg died. Suddenly, scrambling late at night to find an elusive bug seemed like nothing. His death wasn’t nearly the same type of problem. I found myself unable to lift my shoulders, and unable to go on.
    • If a start-up has the foresight to prepare for something like this, they’ll usually do it in a very details-oriented way.  There will be preparations made for roles in the company, tasks to be done, and for shares of ownership.
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    • “I’ve learned that nothing can replace the entrepreneur’s passion and vision for the product and the company. If you rip that out of the company too early, you’ll lose your investment. I think it’s best to wait until the initial product has succeeded in obtaining a critical mass of users and a business model has been developed that works and make sense for the business and is scaling. Then, if its warranted, you can sit down and have the conversation about bringing in experienced management.”
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    • Put another way: you have to stop and take time to find the direction. You can’t run while you’re reading the map.

      And this is the potential problem with popular methods…

      • iterative design
      • rapid prototyping
      • agile development
      • [add your own favorite buzzword here]

      …which are great and all, except when there’s no well-thought-out direction to go in.

      So be forewarned – it’s hard to be a strategist. People prefer action. “Ready-fire-aim” sounds so much more exciting and appealing. “Do something!” they say – and it can be hard to sit down and say hey, let’s take at least a couple of days to think about who our customers are and talk to them about what they need.

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