Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The secret to internet millions

“Here’s the formula if you want to build a billion-dollar internet company,” he said. “Take a human desire, preferably one that has been around for a really long time…Identify that desire and use modern technology to take out steps.” Ev Williams

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Facts and Opinion

"If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine."

Jim Barksdale, former Netscape CEO

Monday, 15 April 2013

Bezos's heavy Amazon

"As I write this, our recent stock performance has been positive, but we constantly remind ourselves of an
important point – as I frequently quote famed investor Benjamin Graham in our employee all-hands meetings – “In the short run, the market is a voting machine but in the long run, it is a weighing machine.” We don’t
celebrate a 10% increase in the stock price like we celebrate excellent customer experience. We aren’t 10%
smarter when that happens and conversely aren’t 10% dumber when the stock goes the other way. We want to be weighed, and we’re always working to build a heavier company."

From Amazon's 2012 letter to shareholders (here)

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

I made this.

"creating something personal, even of moderate quality, has a different kind of appeal than consuming something made by others, even of high quality"

Clay Shirky (in Cognitive Surplus?)

Monday, 10 October 2011

Silicon versus Carbon

Things change because of people interacting with other people, rather than technology or design really doing things to people.”

Mark Earls

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Get it out there / Always in Beta

So many @instagram features we only thought of after seeing real usage. A day of your app in the wild is worth a month of guessing.

Mike Krieger, Instagram on Twitter

Friday, 2 July 2010