- Vibhu Norby, Why We’re Pivoting from Mobile-first to Web-first
A very, very smart analysis of why web-first is better for the entrepreneur, the investor, and — ultimately — for the user.
What Will Matter In The Future? My talk from the recent Startupfest in Montreal.
From the description:
We have to have some idea of the world we are headed for sowhat we do will matter. It makes no sense to build a better mousetrap unless there will still be mice to trap. In this session, Stowe Boyd will explore some deep trends to help today’s startup entrepreneurs head in a profitable direction, like these:
- It is the business of the future to be dangerous
- Whatever the Web touches, it consumes
- Technology is everything that was invented after you were thirteen
- The next frontier will be the ruins of the unsustainable
- The central economic imperative of the new economy is to amplify relationships.
Tom Foremski, The Dirty Little Secret Of Silicon Valley’s Startup Boom… via SVW
By panicsteve via Github
Dear soon-to-be-former user,
We’ve got some fantastic news! Well, it’s great news for us anyway. You, on
the other hand, are fucked.
We’ve just been acquired by:
[ ] Other: _________________
As you are aware, we’ve always provided a free service, and have never even
tried offering a for-pay option. This means we’ve never had any income and
have been operating at a loss for our entire existence. Since any schoolchild
can see this is unsustainable, it should have been more-or-less obvious to you
from the get-go that we were either going to crap up the site with ads at a
few cents per-click, or that we’ve always intended to be an acquisition target.
You can do the math on that one.
Your personal data which, until just now, was critical to our core business
will be deleted:
[ ] Immediately
[ ] Within a week
[ ] Within 30 days
We are excited to continue our core mission of connecting people with
solutions at our new home. Please realize that this is so vague a statement
as to be completely meaningless. But we just made so much money that at the
moment we genuinely believe this horseshit. In reality, you will never hear
about us or anything we create ever again. We are probably going to end up,
like, implementing a new scrollbar for Google Reader or something.
Thanks so much for making our business so valuable and enticing to a much
larger company with more money than sense.
Now grab your data while you still can and get out of here,
Shiny happy Shit.ly management ninjas
Connecting people with solutions
"Shit.ly loves you!"
- Jenna Wortham, For Some Internet Start-Ups, a Failure Is Just the Beginning - NYTimes.com
The use of the term ‘pivot’ in startupland is the corollary to the now commonplace notion that you may have to fail in order to learn a life lesson. While this has become conventional wisdom, startup founders are reluctant to admit their baby is ugly, or that massive success is not going to come with the next release. The adoption of pivoting is a great metaphorical headshift, and it’s one great example of ambient innovation: the startup scene has adopted, applied, and spread the concept of pivoting, and that has had major impacts on founders willingness to junk weak ideas.