My daily readings 04/24/2011

  • Good point from a content generate point view. We often get the “How users get info” view.  Static content ==> User generated content ==>? 

    • We really feel like this is a natural path for the internet to be taking. Better yet, technology has reached a point where we can better recognize and reward people regardless of the types of systems they interact with. Here at IActionable we believe this is the next big trend that, down the road, we will look back on and see as obvious. Technology and information availability has our attention more and more divided every day – whether it’s at work or during play. It makes sense to introduce systems to help us develop goals and objectives in order to focus. It makes sense to use more nurturing and expressive ways to develop loyalty in a rapidly changing world.
    • Again, Ev is great at ideas, making prototypes and letting ideas blossom into things over time. He doesn’t seem like a CEO type to me, and that’s not a dig on him — I’m a CEO myself, even though I’m not a CEO type of guy either. Running a day-to-day corporation with tons of employees is a lot different than being an ideas guy, and it requires different skills.
  • tags: UX designer

  • tags: Startup Marketing

  • tags: Startup resource entrepreneurship

  • tags: Startup resource

  • Good questions to ask myself

    • These are all things we care about, but they are probably not the most common questions we ask. E.g. we already know about the equity split because we ask about it on the application form, so we only bring it up during the interview if we noticed something odd about it.

      The thing we care most about in interviews (at least of things one can change) is how engaged the founders are with users. How do they know people actually want what they’re building? Have they talked to real, live users? What have they learned from them?

      We don’t care super much how big the initial market is, so long as the startup is making something that (a) some subset of people want a lot, and (b) if that market is not itself huge, there is an easy path into bigger neighboring ones. Basically, we’re looking for startups building Altair Basic.

    • A good corollary question to “How do you know that people actually want this?” is “How are people solving this problem now?”

      If founders respond that there aren’t really any current solutions, then it usually means that either a) They aren’t making something that people really want, or b) They haven’t talked to enough users.

      If it’s a problem people actually have, then they must be coming up with crazy hacks or solutions that are much more tedious/inaccurate/expensive/generally more painful than the one you’re coming up with. Very rarely is there simply not some kind of existing solution.

    • nhashem, great point. i think its important to get users as fast as possible, and what investors really care about is what you LEARNED from those users (what they like, don’t like, data that supports your hypotheses). better a poor product + hundreds of early users than a polished product that hasn’t been launched, imo
  • tags: Dropbox idea

    • Awesome. We built a POC that did the same thing a little over a year ago. We got our moms to use it and they loved it for updating their own sites. There’s definitely a good business model there.

      Back then we did it the hard way basically making our own Dropbox API. We had a Windows server running with the Dropbox client installed. You would share a folder with our Dropbox username and our script would auto accept it, and then we ran rsync to sync up the Windows folders with our web servers. Back then getting the Linux client to run was a bit of a pain which is why we went the windows route for that part of the site.

  • tags: Social network design

    • Following implies simply listening, without the intention to build a relationship or establish a dialogue.

      Connecting implies an ongoing, dynamic relationship with an exchange of ideas and perhaps even value.

      Friending implies a connection of a more personal type. For example, it seems more appropriate to connect with someone you don’t know (if you have a mutual interest) than it would be to friend a stranger.

  • tags: commuity

  • tags: Knowledge network

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