When Steve Krug wrote his book ‘Don’t make me think’ his intent was to help people to learn to think like a usability expert. Over the last few years as I’ve helped other startups with the UX for their websites and apps, I’ve seen a great gap and I wanted to do something about it.
We need to act like we’re Mark Watney in the Martian. We can’t assume we will get a shipment of new potatoes - First Round, The Watney Rule for Startups
There are quite a lot that runs through your head when you consider taking on investment. It’s not a decision I believe should be taken lightly. As with all major decisions in life, if we go down that route, it changes things. Much for the better and some probably for the worse.
You have to coach people to solve their own problems, and coach people to coach people to solve problems. That’s how you achieve scale - Business Insider, LinkedIn CEO reveals why so many founders struggle to scale their companies
He asked if I knew the first rule of starting a company. I answered that I clearly did not. His response was, “don’t die. Ethan Imboden, How to Prevent Design from Killing Your Company
A couple of weeks back I found out that I was selected to be part of Entrepreneur Academe, a year long mentor programme for women entrepreneurs run by Angel Academe and sponsored by the City of London. Yesterday we had our first session where we introduced ourselves and our businesses.
"Here's what our product can do" and "Here's what you can do with our product" sound similar, but they are completely different approaches. Jason Fried
It’s 8am on Sunday morning and I’m lying in bed going through my Twitter and LinkedIn feed. An update catches my eye. I click the link and then go “Argh!”.
If you want to find out how to use a new emerging tool, don’t ask the people who invent it, because they have a very narrow view of what it’s supposed to be used for. The people who are hacking it--the people who use it for crime, who use it to have sex, who use it to do something fun or different--those are the people who are going to find out the little interesting variations. Jamais Cascio in To see the future of technology, look at the people using it for crime
Life is a mountain range. From every peak the view is different. But you can't get to another peak if you always want to go up. You have to be willing to go down or otherwise you get stuck on one peak and you only see one view Ping Fu in What I've learnt
...it was an extremely useful exercise. It made us think through issues we would have otherwise glossed over, and helped us stay focused when shiny new things could have led us astray. As Eisenhower famously said: “plans are nothing, but planning is indispensable.” Chris Dixon in Plans are nothing, but planning is indispensable
No marriage, or at least very few, start their journey under the assumption and expectation that one day they, the happy couple, will part ways. Yet, most sort out the legal aspects of practicalities should it happen.
Life’s not about getting stuff done, it’s about getting the right stuff done. It doesn’t matter how productive you are if the ideas you’re building on don’t represent the best you have to offer. And the best you have to offer rarely ever comes when you’re filling every nook and cranny of mind-space, every waking moment of every day. From the post Embrace the Space
No start-up works out exactly as imagined. So it's important to go into it understanding that you're there to learn. From the Inc article The right way to approach a startup
What if you started hustling, moving, and shaking today as if there was no guarantee of tomorrow? Imagine what you would do. Imagine what you could accomplish. From the post You don't have to be rich to be an entrepreneur
Sometimes our desire for something to be right overpowers and slightly skews our views, making us believe that what we hope to be true is the reality. But if we look closer and are honest with ourselves we often know when that isn’t the case and the bubble is about to burst.
If you commit to doing a simple marketing item just once each day, at the end of the year you've built a mountain. Seth Godin in the post The simple power of one a day and how they add up and can change things.
Yesterday I spent pretty much the whole day working on one of our products. Towards the end of the day I found out that someone just launched something with a very similar idea behind it. It made my heart sink a little.
Why not run for the train? Because another train will be along shortly. Such is the nature of trains. Running will cause you to miss everything between you and your object, and more often than not leave you disappointed and out of breath. From the Dorian Taylor post La Forme de flaner about trusting in serendipity and investing in a schedule.
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