On July 20, we announced that we were turning Digg back into a startup and rebuilding it from scratch in six weeks. After an intense month and a half, we managed to get the new Digg up and running on a fresh code base and infrastructure. We now have a solid foundation on which…
6 weeks to a built from scratch new version of Digg
When designers are looking to be “innovative,” many often forget that it’s not just about trendy aesthetic appeal. It’s about genuinely improving an experience and filling a need. Korean designer Joonhuyn Kim’s “Flat Bulb” does just that, reducing its volume to be 1/3 smaller, reducing the cost of packaging and transport. Better yet, its slim shape allows bulbs to be easily stacked and prevents breakage as it does not roll.” Simple, yet effective. That gets design daps.
We don’t use any customer input in the new product process,” Mr. Schiller said. “We never go and ask the customer, ‘What feature do you want in the next product?’ It’s not the customer’s job to know. We accumulate that information ourselves.”
Link above to the Microsoft PR website copy of 1999 Bill Gates article.
Is Bill Gates describing the Microsoft Surface Win 8 tablet here ( or macbook air, ipad, iphone )
Here’s some favorite Bill Gates quotes from 1999 Newsweek article:
"If you want to find the best price for a new car — and check out your budget to see if you can afford it — you’ll be able to do that at the dealership, on the device you have with you. Wherever you are, whatever you want to do, you’ll have all the information you need."
"There will be "instant-on," so you won’t have to wait for your PC to come to life."
"And the PC will morph into many new forms, such as book-size "tablet PCs."
"In this new "PC-plus" era connectivity will be king."
"It will take the PC’s power and make it available almost anywhere, on devices that haven’t yet been dreamed up."
My first visit to the Valley was in October of 2011. I was in Santa Clara attending a mobile dev conference when a friend suggested I stop by and chat with the partners at 500Startups. What was meant to be a five minute meeting turned in to three days of getting to know the 500 team and…
“I mowed lawns to get my first Nintendo system, so my measure of success was to create a product a kid would want to mow a shitload of lawns in order to get.”
— Charles Forman
I love how this builds trust in the organization. Check out Charity: Water for an example of kick ass branding.
How Branding and Transparency Help charity: water Stand Out
Scott Harrison from charity: water stopped by the new 37signals office to speak to the team about the unconventional ways that charity: water stands out from other charities through branding and transparency.
Another key to CW’s success is that 100% of donations are used for direct water project costs. (A group of private donors, foundations and sponsors help pay for the everyday costs of running the organization.) CW even pays for the paypal and credit card transaction fees when people donate online so each penny goes straight to actually building a well.
What does it cost you to hold tightly to your belief that you are right ? What we can learn from the challenges of being wrong ( and learning from the experience). This mindset can be costly l for teams building a lean startup. But, mayeb i’m wrong.
This video uses the data of games from Hockey’s Stanley Cup creatively. How does this apply to a lean startup ?
Hint: “penalties" or missteps shorten the runway by depleting the fuel that a startup requires to get off the ground.
Examples like the Color app launch and Segway come to mind.
A startup runs has limited time and resources time to figure out what the customer cares about, and how to build a Minimum Viable Product that customers will spend time and money on.
Stay out of the penalty box with your target customers and you increase the odds of success.