My daily readings 03/30/2011

    • I want to write a bit about Amazon Cloud Drive because I think it is a very important product and it is mostly getting dismissed because of comparisons to Dropbox. Let’s hold up a sec. Amazon Cloud Drive is not Dropbox. It is something different. It doesn’t matter that it doesn’t do any of the magic syncing that Dropbox is known and loved for. It’s going to do something better: release an API and become a platform.
  • tags: Dropbox Amazon

    • I wouldn’t be surprised if a version of Dropbox that plays nicely with the Cloud Drive is one of the first Cloud Drive apps on the scene. It makes a great deal of sense. Instead of paying Dropbox for storage and syncing, we could just pay them for syncing.

      It seems rather unlikely to me that people would pay dropbox for their syncing service to store things on someone else’s paid storage. I would think that the dropbox software exists to drive people to their relatively high margin de-duplicated cloud storage subscriptions.

      In a similar fashion it seems likely to me that Cloud Drive exists to drive adoption & volume to Amazon digital music, a market that dwarfs the size of the online storage game.

    • Somebody should create a simple little app on top of S3 that runs on all your devices and creates an automatically synced folder. They should make it free for the first couple GB too.

      Then Cloud Drive would seem kind of lame.

  • tags: founder

    • Why does this make you upset?

      I’ve noticed that few people can be both a “starter” and a “maintainer”. And even fewer actually enjoy it. There’s a reason why only the really big names stay on for so long.

      The people who start the company usually get bored when it comes time to go into stabilization mode. The people who maintain the company once it has stabilized usually don’t like the uncertainty that comes with building a new idea.

      In short, I don’t think there’s any reason to lament the new way of doing things. It’s better for the company and it’s better for the founders.

  • tags: firefox Android

    • Firefox for mobile allows users to take the Firefox experience they love everywhere and minimizes typing with features like tabbed browsing, bookmarks, add-ons and Firefox Sync. With a sleek new look that hides browser controls when not in use, Firefox allows users to focus on the websites they visit. Firefox Sync gives users seamless access to their browsing history, bookmarks, open tabs, form data and passwords across computers and mobile devices. Firefox also offers thousands of ways to customize the features, functionality and look of mobile Web browsing with Firefox Add-ons.
    • Focus on Web content: Features like tabs, one-touch bookmarking and browser controls that stow away when not in use help users focus on the websites they visit
      • Awesome Screen: Type less with easy access to history, bookmarks and open tabs
      • Save to PDF: Capture important websites, like directions or a boarding pass, to view offline
      • Share Page: Share websites via apps like email, Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader and more
      • Add Search Engine: Customize your search engine list
    • I’m a very lucky guy. Over the past twelve years, I’ve had the good fortune to work on two huge projects that happened to be the right idea at the right time. These ideas attracted brilliant, idealistic people to do the incredibly hard work of making them work for millions of other people across the globe. And through each, I learned a tremendous amount about business, products, and people.
    • I’ve now spent about five years on Twitter, as well—in a variety of different capacities. Twitter has a funny history. It spent its first six months as a side project of Odeo, a company I was running that didn’t have a lot of traction. Twitter didn’t have much traction either, so we shed Odeo, Inc. and pulled them both into Obvious Corp. When Twitter started to really take off, a year after it started, we spun it into its own corporation and made Jack the CEO. In theory, Obvious could then pursue new projects, but I spent more of my time as active Twitter chairman, which included everything from helping raise funds to coding. In spring of 2008, I was fully sucked in by the Twitter tornado, serving full-time as chief product officer at first and then CEO, which I did for two years.
    • As part of SnapCast’s lean startup process, we’ve been doing problem/solution validation interviews for the last 3 weeks. Whenever we find someone who responses passionately about your problem or solution (good or bad), our eyes light up. We have spoken to many people who were luke warm – they were neither extremely excited nor incredibly negative. They say things like, “Yeah, I can see how this could work” or “If I tried it and I liked it, I’ll use it”. To me, reactions that are in the middle are the least useful when analyzing our data.
    • Zone of Mediocrity

      Obviously if you find users who are passionate about your solution, you are on the right track to turn them into your early adopters. But how do you deal with the haters? What if people hate your idea or your solution? How do you pivot? 

  • tags: Education

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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