Just because you can build it. Doesn’t mean you should
I’ve probably been burned by this at least 1/2 a dozen times. There are friends of mine who I know have/are doing the exact same thing (you know who you are). Here are the steps of a start-up in the mind of a technical entrepreneur: Come up with a fantastic start-up idea Look for a domain name (maybe buy it?) Tell a couple of trusted friends about it and why it’s going to rock Start building There are many other steps past #4 but so many of my start-up ideas die within these steps. (sidenote: The ones that die after
Idea: Perfect Reader Application/Service
This thought has been in my head for awhile, but it took my friend Jay’s rant to get all the thoughts on paper (so to speak) Yea, I love consuming from my iPad but it’s messy. I read in GReader and star stuff to read. Then I read stared stuff in Flipboard, but if I want to bookmark it in Delicious I have to “Open in Safari” and use the bookmarklet. Or I can “Read Later” to add it to iOS’ reading list, if it’s a link on the page I’m reading. But if it’s something from the page you’re
Idea: Smart Todo List App
I’m always looking for business ideas and I come up with quite a few on a regular basis. I’m going to start posting some that I have little or no intention of pursuing. The first one is “Smart Todo List”. Basic User Need – I want the app to answer the question. What is the most important task I should be doing right now? Key Features and Concepts Ease of Accessibility: Mobile and Web Minimum friction and slowly gathering necessary information Allow users to easily add items with (Voice to text feature?) Initially only asks for task description. Slowly categorizes and gets
Wanted! Equation on how should I value my time
My friend Jay and I had a brief twitter conversation about being guilty https://twitter.com/wjhuie/status/283748389278056448 of wasting time on little things. I read this article awhile back (How should a startup founder value her time? | A Smart Bear) and have been meaning to come up with some sort of relevant equation that can apply to everyone. Not just for “business/work” time, but also “free time”? Prime example: Most recently I found myself researching a SOHO NAS and becoming a victim of wasting too much time. I was debating the small differences of model numbers, brands, processors, in the effort to find the best
Are businesses really in the business of creating jobs?
I’ve been reading a lot about job creation lately and came across the following article: Small Business: A Misunderstood Beast – Yahoo! Finance. This article really brought to light something I haven’t thought about: Are businesses really in the business of job creation? In my experience running a small consulting business and a small brick and mortar business. My answer is NO. In my eyes creating jobs is a secondary benefit. (Some may not even see it as a benefit at all, as I’m sure some could do without dealing and managing people. But that’s a different conversation for a
Productivity Tipping Point
There are times I am extremely productive and other times I am just scatterbrained and all over the place (can be good too, but not when you mean to be productive). I believe there is a productivity tipping point; a point where you can bump yourself into an exceptional level of focus to get things done. Often times, I want to get into that point, but don’t “feel” like it. Here I’ve listed hacks I use on myself to start the ball rolling.